It’s an amazing thing to get cut off from civilization for a little while. It forces you to enter someplace else – yourself, your thoughts, even the thoughts of someone else – Nick Hornby’s book “Songbook” is perfect for this.
The essays are short, to the point, and revolve around music. But they don’t just encapsulate chord changes or rhyming patterns. The songs are good. And meaningful. And thoughtful. The essays explain through some fantastic, honest, accessible writing why these songs are songs Nick Hornby loves. And it’s not just about “I like that line” or “I like that solo” – it’s WHY that one line is so brilliant, explaining all seven kinds of love (according to the Greeks) in seven or eight words. I’ve pretty much added “Nick Hornby liking a song I wrote” to my bucket list.
And he asks an amazing question – “Who knows how many great songs I’ve missed…songs written and performed by people who are your friends but not, unfortunately, mine?”
Which leads me to ask – What are YOUR favorite songs by your friends?
I’ve been thinking recently of giving a friend of mine who is a great writer a hard time because they stopped writing and their blog is awesome and they should be super famous by now…and in the worst case EVER of a pot calling the kettle black, I realized that I haven’t written a damn thing in a long time.
And I started looking for ideas. Because what’s it worth complaining unless I’m going to go for it too, right?
so I saw this really cool book, by Nick Hornby, which basically is a set of essays about his favorite songs, and the places, times, situations, lyrics, etc that the song makes him think of…
and it occurred to me that I CAN DO THAT. it’s just a matter of DOING it in the first place.
So this is my new idea: every Thursday I will post a new “essay” (if you will) about one of my favorite songs, the reasons I like it, and the feelings it still makes me have…
and I’ll also elicit guest artists, as well, to make their suggestions and give their opinions of the songs – whether ones I like already or ones I don’t…
I think it’s a cool idea.
Join me, will you?