Re-imagining this blog

Hello folks,

I’m back after a few weeks absence. I had an excuse: first a trip up to Portland (my first) to visit Cyrus (as per our challenge, which I handily lost), then to Mexico to spend Thanksgiving with the fam. A good time to evaluate what my goals are with this blog. I think the original charter to do deep analyses of magic moments in songs or songwriting phenomena was a nice idea, and something I’d like to still do from time to time, but it got to be a little challenging to generate an entire entry’s worth of commentary on a few seconds of song. What might make more sense for me is to treat this blog as sort of a diary/memoir. I think I’m at a unique point in my musical life that I’ll be glad for a chronicle of years later (however my ambitions fare), and having it be public provides a definite incentive to stick with it the way I’ve seldom been able to with journals. Maybe it sounds a tad pretentious to label this a memoir. But whatever meager morsels of wisdom I have are hard-won, and by sharing I hope to get as much bang for the buck out of them as possible. And, even though I have a pretty acute memory, I don’t trust that I’ll be able to tell my story as well or accurately at an older age.

Anyway, I guess that’s it for now, but I’ll let you know some of my upcoming post topics include the roles of war and religion in songwriting, as well as a chronological history of my major songwriting influences.

Thanks to all of you for reading this. It’s a privilege for me.

Shareef

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