No need to worry; it’s not what you think.
Bathrooms, restrooms, toilets, WCs… call them what you like, but did you realize that they’re not only there for the obvious? It’s a place where, in addition to all else, inspiration can strike.
We often talk about our bathrooms as ‘retreats’ or ‘sanctuaries’, somewhere we can go if the stress of life is getting to us. Just a few minutes’ head space is often all it takes to recharge your batteries.
If you’re getting stressed at work and you need 5 minutes’ out-time to recompose yourself, where do you go? To clear your head before an important presentation, to calm down after an emotional encounter, to get creative ideas for your next marketing campaign…. the little room has a multitude of uses.
Given this insight, is it surprising that many of our favourite music stars have their best ideas while on the loo?
Sir Paul McCartney apparently loves to get away from it all to be able to concentrate on writing new lyrics. In an interview with NME, he said: “It’s actually quite nice to go into a cupboard, or often bathrooms or toilets which have got good acoustics. So I go in there with a guitar. That’s kind of nice. And you escape into a world of your own thoughts.”
Veteran songwriter Lionel Richie was working on Kenny Rogers’ Lady in a recording studio when he needed a little inspiration to finish the second verse. Where did he find it? It came to him during a restroom break.
Ed Sheeran is also a fan of bathrooms, particularly when he is travelling. “I find that I write all my songs now in hotel bathrooms because of the ambience and it sounds really nice. I will kind of wander in, put my laptop down, type something, sing a bit and then record it,” he said.
When it comes to musical inspiration, Taylor Swift believes it can happen anywhere. “When I write songs it’s never a conscious decision — it’s an idea that floats down in front of me at four in the morning or in the middle of a conversation or on a tour bus or in the mall or in an airport bathroom. I never know when I’m gonna get an idea and I never know what it’s gonna be,” she told Vanity Fair.
Little Mix’s Perrie Edwards can relate to that too. Always open to new song ideas, she has admitted to recording them on her phone while in the loo. She said: “I have an idea on my phone from when I was on the toilet the other day.”
Using the little boy’s (or girl’s) room for inspiration is not a new thing, it seems. The lyrics to the classic R&B song Louie Louie were reportedly written by Richard Berry in 1955 in a nightclub toilet – on toilet paper!
Article provided by Mike James, an independent content writer in the events industry – working alongside a selection of companies including Sussex-based Serviced Events, the UK’s largest reseller of Gigloo, the hygienic solution to outdoor events.