When people say it is best not to go to bed angry, I can understand
their logic. There is a saying, often quoted, derived from the Bible,
“Don’t let the sun go down on your anger.” I used to have a hard time
sleeping, while young, if things were unsettled or unresolved in my life.
Recently, I read another way of looking at this, a different perspective
being: Why ‘battle it out’ while tired? Instead why not go to bed and
‘sleep on it?’
While we are sleeping, many neurons keep on firing in our brains.
Many people come up with book ideas, song lyrics or other creative
thoughts, along with going, “Ah ha!” and waking up refreshed and
having a whole different outlook on their life or problems. I know a
few people who have had a pad of paper and pen or pencil on their
bedside table, sometimes called a ‘night stand.’ The brain still practices
music, it is still active while we are still and deep in our REM mode of
sleeping. Instincts sometimes keep our mind alive, while we have a little
baby in our care, whether we are a parent, grandparent or babysitter.
Animals are on ‘guard,’ while we may be more sorting through our fears,
re-thinking and processing, our cautions may even become ‘fixed’ and
we may solve a way out of our danger, at hand.
While our bodies are slowing down, our metabolism also is slowing.
We have growth and cell repair sources released while we sleep.
Something scary that researchers are now filling us in on is that
those who are more likely to get Alzheimer’s and dementia are people
who have gone through most of their adult life, lacking sleep, this would
apply to nurses, doctors, air traffic comptrollers and others who have a
busy and hectic schedule, allowing less sleep and rest in their lives.
Some positives gathered from several sources gained from our deep and
Mathematicians solve algorithms and problems while sleeping.
Scientists figure our solutions, structures and finish ‘their daily work,’ in
When we make mistakes, our mind rolls the process around in our head,
we are much more cautious, an example given, when we approach a slick
piece of ice on a road, after we have had an accident.
We may have our best songs that we sing and our best pieces of art,
while creative minds were finishing their projects, organizing and
Leading me into the next subject. . .
There is a musical milestone that we past last February: 100 years of
Many songwriters don’t get the money from our downloading ‘free’
music. This organization was created in 1914, representing currently
over 1/2 million songwriters. It ensures the rights to make money while
others may sing their songs.
I have known two local groups who write their own music, who joined
ASCAP. Team KNYCE (a trio of rappers with some blues and jazz
influences) and Morgan Treni, who wrote all of her own songs on her
Fall, 2014 release of her Essays album. A group that plays locally folk
songs, whose advice I sought about this subject, also all are members.
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers is a long-
standing organization who has famous members, including Irving Berlin.
This is a world wide organization and it is emphasized by mentors of
musicians to join this, to protect your music. When performers sing the
Irving Berlin song, “White Christmas,” his heirs will get checks. It protects
performers who sing their own songs. Although artists get royalties from
sales of albums, there was a time when famous musical composers would
die, virtually ‘penniless.’
Just for your interest, I found out the estimated sales of the song, “White
Christmas” make it the most sung and highest number of all time, as over
50 billion song copies sold , with the second most being Elton John’s,
“Candle in the Wind,” at 33 billion copies sold.
The President of ASCAP is the well-respected and likable Paul Williams.
I was amazed when I saw him speaking recently on television of all the
wonderful songs he wrote. I enjoy his sense of humor, along with in the
past, numerous guest starring parts on television shows. Here are just
a few examples of Paul Williams’ songs:
Three Dog Night sings his song, “Just An Old-Fashioned Love Song.”
The Carpenters sang his song, “Rainy Days and Mondays.”
The theme song for “Love Boat” still brings Paul Williams some royalty
checks, as it repeats and reruns on television.
ASCAP President Paul Williams (composer and singer) says it is very
frustrating how many sources on the Internet ‘try to steal music’ and not
allow the original artist or songwriter to get their ‘cut’ or ‘share of the pie.’
An example of how many songs are streaming was 7 million streams of
one Lady Antebellum song in a short period of time, losing quite a lot of
money for the group and composer, too. Taylor Swift was interviewed
about ASCAP, saying she was pulling her songs off of “Spotify.” Garth
Brooks and Billy Joel were also outspoken while being asked about this
landmark anniversary of the organization. They mentioned Pandora,
as another source which is a concern of theirs, allowing access to songs
without paying for them.
So, when you listen to “The Music in Me” (written by keyboardist Bias
Bochell, of the Kiki Dee Band), “New York State of Mind” (Billy Joel)
and Stevie Wonder’s “Dance to the Music,” you may not get these free
There are some artists, musicians and composers standing up for their
rights, in the face of the internet. We will see if the songs that are pulled
off, will still reach the popularity level that others which are free and
As fellow bloggers and writers, we must admire their integrity and
believe in their right to having their music kept original and protected.
Patricia Cornwell was a 1975 high school graduate. I graduated in 1974
which makes me feel like we could have been friends. My brother, Randy,
was a ’75 graduate so I hung out with a lot of his friends. She is an author
I deeply admire. I was interested in knowing how she reached her level
of writing and productivity. Her most recent book, “Flesh and Blood,”
was published in November, 2014.
I enjoy her murder mysteries that often dwell upon the forensics found in
the coroner’s office. Ms. Cornwell says her favorite book for years, one she
carried around everywhere, was titled, “The Inner Game of Tennis.” She
has been a tennis player yet never became a professional tennis player.
She suggests there is much to find in the book about life. She also slyly
mentioned in AARP magazine, that she may not play like a pro, but she
has through her writing and recognition been able to make friends with
Billie Jean King. Timothy Gallwey wrote this book Patricia admired and
Although she does not mention sleep and creativity, I imagine she would
say she discovered some of her best plot lines while sleeping. I contemplate
how rest can prepare you for reaching your own personal goals.
Patricia Cornwell on her personal motivation:
“After reading the book, “The Inner Game of Tennis,” I made it my ambition
to pay attention and not live a fear-driven life. When I sit down to write, I
remind myself to stay in the moment.”
J.M. Barrie, author of “Peter Pan,” is often quoted:
“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able
to do it.”
Sometimes, as in Peter Pan, it is fun to be child-like. In “Downton
Elizabeth McGovern portrays the character, “Cora,” Countess of Grantham.
In her personal life, she may not be so serious, as exhibited by this quote:
“You’re only young once, but you can be immature forever.”
Hmm. . .Or is this possibly a ‘slam’ on those who tend to act immature,
even as adults. . . up to your own interpretation.