There are times when, as a creator, I like to just shell myself up in a quiet place and build, whether it’s writing or music. There are also times when I love to collaborate. Honestly, I know so many talented people here in Northern Utah where I live that it kind of intimidates me. Nevertheless, I call on my friends often for help and I always appreciate their willingness to contribute.
Collaboration for me—especially when it comes to creating a project just for fun, knowing that it will most likely be a market-place failure—feels like the good old days when I, a couple of brothers, and a few neighborhood friends would get together for some good old fashioned backyard games. We’d play in the sand pile. We’d play cowboys and Indians. We’d play war. We’d go down into a hollow nearby and sled or make a tree house. We would do whatever we wanted. My desire to play with friends has never ebbed.
I respect my co-creators’ time. I often feel uncomfortable asking friends to participate on projects. I hate to steal their most valuable commodity: time. When I ask a friend to come play on a project. It goes down like this:
“Hey, friend, I’m doing, [PROJECT]. Do you think you might be keen to [CONTRIBUTE] and make it even better?”
When they respond by saying: “yes.” I’m always surprised. In my mind, I say, No way. He (OR SHE) just said, yes. No way. Awesome.
The results of creative collaboration are clear. I’m a better writer, musician, composer, and friend. So I intend to continue picking from that tree.
On the other side, I am always surprised and honored when friends of mine who I greatly respect for their creative chops ask me to come play in their sand piles. I’m usually ready to grab my shovel and bucket and head on over.
There is no greater honor than to have a talented friend put his fingerprints on one of my projects. So to those of you out there who have come over to play in my back yard, I say, thanks, man. Let’s do it again in the not-too-distant future.
My upcoming album, Zombie Sing-a-long: Whistler and the Children, Part 2 features talent from the following list of friends:
Patrick M. Tracy