Did you read album liner notes? (I know, what’s an album?) Many of my album covers are worn out because I read through those notes over and over, especially those that had lyrics for all of the songs. I appreciated knowing who the musicians were for each song. I used to imagine their studio sessions and how they interacted. If you look up “liner notes” online, you’ll find articles mourning how liner notes placed the album in a specific time and place. They were recording history for the future. I even dreamed of writing liner notes when I grew up. I’m grateful for the people who did write them … and the artists who made them beautiful. CDs often included liner notes (in miniature) but now, with streaming music, we need a website that has readable images of all of those liner notes of decades past … and going forward.
What’s your best place to think? Mine is in the shower. All kinds of ideas are borne in that soothing cascade of water. I get a lot of writing done. I have to focus to remember what I’ve composed in my head until I can write it down. I’m grateful for the privilege of taking a shower. I have to think fast. I am sharply aware that the world’s water resources are threatened so my thinking has to occur quickly. How about you? Where do you do your best thinking?
It may seem a bit circuitous, but I’m grateful for this Gratitude Journal. On Day 47, as I anticipate another 318 days of making a selection, I stepped back to consider. I began this effort for many reasons, but one of the most important was a daily intention for being positive in a discouraging world. In my usual fashion, I began to figure out how I could be more efficient, preparing a week’s worth of entries, gathering my visuals, and … (calming breath). I realized that the point is not production but a daily reminder, a daily opportunity to write, a daily reason to interact with friends and family. I am grateful that you’re taking this journey with me.