Several years ago, I had an opportunity to visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. One of the things that I enjoyed seeing is the notebooks that the songwriters used when they were working on their songs. It made me think about the different methods that I use when I’m writing songs. I wish I would have written all of my songs in a journal but that’s not the way that I’ve worked. I do have some journals that I have used to write a few songs. I also use the journals to write a few of the ideas that I have for songs and the earliest threads of ideas for songs. Most of the time, these ideas are transferred to Word files. I keep those files on a jump drive that I have with me most of the time. I carry the drive to work just in case I get an idea and I want to get a record of it before I forget it. The unfortunate thing about the files is that they are edited. I move words and phrases around with little to no traceability of the evolution of the song from one form to another. It’s really convenient for creating but bad for documenting the creative process.
Every year, I celebrate my birthday every day of the month during March. My actual birthday is March 23rd. Most years the real celebration is sometime around my actual birthday and the rest of the month I accept all gifts, well wishes, cakes, balloons, pats on the back, hugs and kisses that I can get. This year my family took the celebration to the next level. I was travelling on business on February 29th. I got back home late that evening and was greeted with a "Happy Birthday" banner in the garage on the wall in the bay where I park. When I went into the house, there was a gift bag on the counter and I was told I could open it. There was a nice gift inside. I was also told not to throw away the bag because it would have a new gift in it each day. I was told that some would be better than others. As of this writing I will say that each day's gift has been great in it's own way. So far the most unique gift has been the jawbone of an ass.
My two oldest children are 17 months apart in age. When they were small, we owned a double-wide stroller that we used for them whenever we went shopping. We made one of these trips specifically to buy a new coat for my oldest daughter, May, who was the only daughter at the time. We made a trip to Memphis for this shopping trip. From where we lived at the time, we planned on a two hour trip just to get to the store where we wanted to shop. This meant we had to do planning to make sure that we avoid crying kids. We successfully avoiding the screaming road trip but we had sleepy kids when we arrived at the store.
Singer, Songwriter, Entertainer, Storyteller