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May the Month of May Make Your Creativity Blossom


“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” – Marcel Proust

Each May, I watch in awe as the flowering trees, shrubs and perennials that bloom in abundance here in middle Tennessee magically transform the landscape. Spring renewal – it really does seem to make everyone and everything in life just a little more tolerable. Unfortunately, I do not have a green thumb, but I’m trying (again) to plant and nuture a flower garden in the corner of my yard. I’m finding the task to be very inspiring, sometimes a little frustrating (where’d all those Canna bulbs I planted go?) and hard -yet rewarding- work. It’s pretty much the same way I can describe songwriting as a matter of fact. 

In what ways will you let your creativity blossom this month? Do you have specific goals or are you going to let your muse guide you? Please share your thoughts in the comment area.

Author: Sara Light

Sara Light has been writing professionally in Nashville since 1996. Her credits include the John Michael Montgomery title track and the hit single "Home To You" which received an ASCAP airplay award in addition to being named SESAC song of the year for having garnered 2 million spins on radio. She also composed songs for the musical "Urban Cowboy, The Musical" which opened on Broadway in March 2003 and was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Original Score." Sara has always combined her love of teaching with her love of songwriting and has given countless songwriting seminars throughout the U.S. and Canada. In 2001 she co-founded, along with her husband Danny Arena, the online educational website Besides being one of the main administrators (and now bloggers) Sara teaches Song Feedback and Lyric Writing at

2 thoughts on “May the Month of May Make Your Creativity Blossom

  1. I just took my last final of this first school year Thursday, and I’m allowing myself to take things slowly for the rest of the month. Still practicing piano and interval singing every day, because I don’t want to lose any ground over the summer. I have a song in the works for the Songdoor contest and will be working on it as part of my piano practice; can’t wait to be able to play my own accompaniment!

  2. Since I am recovering from a major bout with the flu, I need to go easy. My goal this month is to finish a transcription of “Your Abiding Presence” (not my composition) from an out of print CD;
    Then work on three songs I am composing.
    All in good time.

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