Back to showing you some of my journal/notes aka) my commonplace book. This came from an evening spent listening to Anne Carson lecture “on corners” at the NYPL.
I'm always doing some kind of drawing in one or more of my journals. Here's one I did while practicing my guitar.
Another image from my journal. Read the journal FAQ here.
I like this description of music as a series of questions of questions of questions ... It somehow seemed right to me when I read it. The quotation came from the book The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan.
What are you reading? Do capture any thoughts, lines, words when you read them? If so, how? What's your way of keeping these shards of words and phrases? Tell me. Tell me more.
This month I am exploring the idea of "the journey." My songs start their journey in my journal. The two words (journey and journal) are related; they derive from the Latin words "dies" (day) and "diurnum" (daily portion).
A lot goes on in my journals: sketches, bits of conversation, messages to myself, lyrics from songs I am listening to and studying. Each picture is a map, you could say, of my mind on that particular day.
How do you capture your ideas? I am songwriter who uses drawings to go deeper. Are you a writer who uses music to make something happen? Or maybe you are a painter who uses words to find your way? Let me know in the comments below.
What do sketches have to do with songwriting? Read the Journal FAQ
I have always kept a journal, ever since I can remember.
I keep one still.
These days I use it to capture the world around me so I can make a song (or the idea of a song) out of the flotsam and jetsam of my days.
What goes in: words, phrases, drawings, ideas, images, scribblings, goals, notes to myself. Basically, everything. The journal is a trace of the circles and loops my mind makes when working on a song.
Take a look! I'll continue to post images from my journals as the days and months slip by.
Do you have a journal or commonplace book where you keep your ideas, your secrets, your declarations, your lists, the flotsam and jetsam of your day-to-day life?