Everett Washington – Photo by Dan Steven Erickson

Sometimes, we can become trapped both in life and creativity.

I’ve been a writer and a musician for all of my life. I’ve moved from songwriting to writing books to writing poetry to composing electronic music. Creativity has been one piece of my life in which I can break free of the feeling of being trapped. I can morph and change when life otherwise feels suffocating. I don’t have to feel stuck like a statue.

My life has not been normal or easy. I’m not complaining but I was physically trapped during my childhood as a child victim of an extreme religious cult. Unfortunately, I’ve also been trapped by the circumstnces of divorce, child custody, and health issues as an adult.

Lately, I’ve found myself spending more time back in Everett Washington. I lived in Everett after I escaped the cult but before I was able to find more personal independence by moving away from the Everett region. At 25 years old, when I moved to Eastern Washington, my creativity flourished with the newfound independence. In other words, sometimes breaking free of feeling trapped physically leads to great freedom in taking creative risks.

I feel that after more than 20 years of feeling physically trapped by life’s circumstances, a change is coming. I’m neither sure exactly what that change will be nor when it will happen, but happen it must – dse

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Author: Dan Steven Erickson

Dan Steven Erickson is a great undiscovered American songwriter.