So my wife's and my friend Stella called tonight. I was dozing in a chair in the living room while my youngest played a computer game, and the phone rang. Yackety-yak, oh were you sleeping, etc... and in the flow of our ramblings around my still semi-sleepy head she says to me, "You should have a blog". Evasive manuevers followed by some cajoling and reasoning by Stel... and here I sit. I think it's a good idea- I'll give myself 5 minutes a sitting to hammer something down, a one-shot run at articulating the thought of the moment. Should be interesting, sometimes... maybe over time it'll form up something coherent, unified. And it's not like I haven't thought of it before, but it was nice to hear someone interested enough to push for it. So I know I'll have one reader, anyway.
Today's item? I wrote two songs the other night. They were started by some real, somber over-indulgent thinking about episodes in my life that made lasting marks (i.e., "scars"). I scribbled a blurb of soulful, wistful stabbing into the ether down into my purple wire-bound "Dad's Notes" book... and it expanded, with some liberality and loose interpreting, into a 2-verse song with a bridge. Hal, my old friend and the leader/vocalist of a group called "The Volunteers" I was in for a few years once said to me, "Who says it needs to be true? Just write a song man, just roll with it". So I wrote two.
One is called "God", and is a short story of doing exactly the opposite of your desire- in a big, life-changing (ruining) kind of way. The other is called "Dream Walking", and is about not paying attention to, or having any interest in the affairs of the world around you. And they are both about true events or conditions that exist/existed in my life, mostly. So much for good advice, thanks anyway Hal!