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Re: Cyclothymic music / creativity

Posted by Sean on September 2, 1999, at 15:40:32

In reply to Cyclothymic music / creativity, posted by Louise on September 1, 1999, at 18:08:51

> Creative when 'up' and not when down? Me too. I write songs complete with music and lyrics in about 15 minutes and inspiration frequently strikes when I'm (fortunately predominantly) up.
> When I'm down I sort out the bills and balance my bank account and organise my life, but there's no creativity there.
> A warning to anyone who enjoys their highs is that lithium can supress your creativity too - It did for me. If you can manage your mood without it, great.
> I have found an effective way of avoiding depression which is to take a tranquiliser at night (I use chlorpromazine) if I'm up to the pooint of the bursting, creative mind preventing me from sleeping. This stops the high getting too high, and the low which usually balances out on the mood scale is then never bad at all, in fact I can keep myself going by activity. Even though this is hard work sometimes, I don't get so low I can't do it. If I can continue to manage my mood in this way, then I'm happy!
> PS Talking of music, I went to the V99 UK music festival a week or so ago to see Manic Street Preachers, Suede, Supergrass, Beautiful South, Stereophonics, Mercury Rev, Travis etc. etc.
> Then I was high!

Hey Louise -

I can relate to the mood-music connection. I feel
my best work is done on the cusps of my moods,
either right when I'm about to plung or feeling
the first glimmers of light after a long period
of darkness. I write more when I'm hypomanic,
but I'm not convinced it has the same ring of
truth and rawness; it can become more complex
than necessary.

What kind of music do you write?

Also, sleep is a big part of the mood swing deal
isn't it. My God, when I'm hyped up I can go for
weeks on 3-4 hours a night and then it gets all
fucked up or something. Anxious and paranoid,
then lots of sleep and no hope. An even sleep
schedule helps this.

Sounds like a cool trip to V99. How was Suede?
Do you like Stereolab? I'm into everything that
pushes the edges...





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