Derek Lee Goodreid

Born to Raise Hell & Sing the Blues.

Creativity and Trauma, A Double Edged Sword.

This week I accomplished something that I thought was beyond me, being accredited for a mental health first aid certificate. Something so simple, yet it felt symbolic, a level up in life’s video game. As most artists know creativity is a gift and a burden, a double-edged sword that cuts through the depths of human […]

How Songwriting and Creativity Illuminate the Path Beyond Depression

It’s 3am and I have been struggling with insomnia all this week and feeling low. In the symphony of life, we often find ourselves entangled in the discordant notes of depression. The weight of this emotional struggle can be overwhelming, leaving us searching for a lifeline. One such lifeline that has proven to be remarkably […]

The Power of Learning an Instrument: Unleashing Your Creative Potential in Songwriting and Music Production

In an era dominated by technological advancements and AI-driven tools, the importance of learning a musical instrument in songwriting and music production cannot be overstated. While technology undoubtedly offers convenience and possibilities, there is irreplaceable magic that comes from connecting with a physical instrument. I believe there is significant and numerous benefits of embracing learning […]

The Pros and Cons of Using AI in Songwriting: Harnessing the Power of Artificial Creativity

Artificial intelligence (AI) has emerged as some perceive a game-changer in the ever-evolving landscape of music production. With its ability to analyse vast amounts of data, generate melodies, and even write lyrics, AI has found its way into songwriting. While some embrace this technological advancement with open arms, others remain sceptical. The choice to use […]

Healthy Habits for Musicians with PTSD: Maintaining Balance and Wellness

While enjoying my coffee this morning, I realised the importance of sharing my perspective. As an artist and musician dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), juggling the pressures of life and creating music and songwriting can be even more stressful. However, prioritising self-care and healthy habits is essential for overall well-being. Therefore, I want to […]

Prioritising Authenticity & The Challenge Of Toxic Positivity

So I have been challenged by the bombardment in my social feeds with toxic positivity, especially in the music scene by well meaning artists or in the industry (this is not limited to art and creative spaces, I hear it a lot in the fitness industry and even the spiritual types use this language). You […]