Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been dealing with some stuff… Dayjob stuff. The kind of stuff that doesn’t usually impinge here on this blog, but which right now has my head spinning a little bit. OK, a lot.
After a restructure at work, I’m left hunting for a new dayjob (blah) which is sapping my creativity a little bit. OK, a lot. I had grand plans for February-March-April on the WIP writing front. Oh yes, I did. But right now that’s been somewhat stifled as I try to wrestle my life back into control and regather my mojo.
And through this ordeal, the song resounding in my head is this:
Tubthumping by Chumbawamba is an iconic 1997 rock-lark that ought to be an anthem for writers and other creative types — or indeed anyone striving to succeed in a competitive field.
I get knocked down but I get up again
You’re never gonna keep me down
Round and round my head it goes. Right down to the drinking… (He drinks a Whiskey drink, he drinks a Vodka drink, he drinks a Lager drink, he drinks a Cider drink, he sings the songs that remind him of the good times, he sings the songs that remind him of the best times…)
It’s a very silly song and an equally silly video clip (and may have little musical merit…); but at the same time it epitomises the struggle so many of us go through as we write, workshop, edit, query, write, edit, deal with rejection/bad reviews/bad sales, write, edit…
We do get knocked down and we must get up again — and keep going. Repeatedly.
I loved this song when it first came out and right now it’s my inspiration of the week. I’d love to hear of any other inspirational anthems that help others get through those head-spinning, gut-wrenching, drive-you-to-drink-and-copious-quantities-of-icecream ordeals.
In the meantime, let your hair down and sing along with me…