Inspiration comes in a variety of forms. As a bilingual songwriter, Zachary’s inspiration presents itself an unusual yet fitting way. The creative process is personal and enigmatic, which makes his description of the art of songwriting utterly fascinating.
“About two years ago I tried to stop writing songs.”
“I told myself I have written enough songs, I’ve had it. But then I started dreaming songs and so now I’ll continue writing because I can’t apparently stop.”
“It’s really easy for me to create music because I hear music; I hear voices all the time.”
“I will be sitting at a piano or playing a guitar, just jamming. At one point out of that fog arrives a sound. That sound is already clearly in one of the two languages I speak. It will sound like an English word or sound like French word. I don’t pick it, it just comes and then I know that’s the language I am dealing with. It will already be determined what language the song will be in it has nothing to do with my personal volition.”
“Now, what am I talking about? And that’s the hard part because then it becomes really a matter of patience and exercise because there’s nothing you can really do about it. You can’t buy inspiration. You have to wait for it to happen and be present when it does happen. You have to be aware and take that energy and then you can actually work with something.”
“So the sound will come out of this fog and I’ll have this syllable that will become a word that will become a phrase that will become a verse and then it will become a song. That’s when you start to work at it and that’s the craft of songwriting. You just chip away at it and I’ve learned to do that well.”
“The hard part and the magical and mysterious part is the initial creative spark. Where does that come from? Why does that happen? I don’t know. I am just glad that it still happens to me.”