When I was an undergraduate student I had a poetry professor who had us read particular poets each week. We’d come together to discuss the artist’s view on poetry, what ultimately made their style unique, and, in turn, we were asked to write a poem imitating their style. Though I wasn’t a particularly great poet and to this day don’t understand poetry for the life of me, it was in that class I came to appreciate the art form a little more.
It’s no secret that I’m a fan of music. Since the tender age of seven, touring the world with my best friends, playing songs I loved was all I ever wanted to do. When I first started blogging I thought music was going to play a bigger role my entries but as it turns out a lot of my weekly musings center on Jesus (go figure). Nevertheless I occasionally receive questions in regards to music I’m listening to and, as it happens, I do enjoy sharing that with people.
As much as I’d love to take an artist each week and write a song in his or her voice, I honestly didn’t think of that until now. Maybe I’ll try that sometime next year. But for now I’ve challenged myself to share my thoughts on one album a day for the next thirty days. Rules are simple: regardless of how long or short my reflection, it must be in by midnight my time.
These aren’t reviews. These aren’t even recommendations necessarily. If anything, it’s me sharing the gems I’m finding as I attempt to dig deeper into artists who inspire me while allowing said gems to somehow inform my own songwriting process. None of it is comprehensive or final. I’m not a critic or a music journalist. I’m just me.
I do hope, however, that in the process of sharing these albums with you, you might find some music you enjoy and that as I work to write and release my own music you’ll get a sense of the headspace I’m in.
It’s almost like math class. I’m just trying to show my work.