The First Line

When I write music, and do it well, I can look back at my words like someone else wrote them and appreciate it as both author and audience.

 

That’s one of the things I love about writing (and being in the flow state). Floating down my stream of throught to discover a new way of thinking about a familiar topic. Losing myself in the process and coming out the other end with something to appreciate.

 

A few years ago I wrote the following words…

 

The best way to get things done is to do things

So I move for the music and follow the mood swings

When the lights go down, the page gets filled

Let the record player spin and the world stand still

 

Ever since I wrote that verse, I’ve had this line pinned on the wall near my computer:

 

“The best way to get things done is to do things.”

 

It’s not a new or particularly wise thought, but it reminds me to start moving when I feel stuck.

 

To think of a concept for a song can take months. To find the first line can take days. But once I have those two things, I’m cooking with grease.

 

I’ve been stuck on an idea for a while now. I want to write shorter, more regular blog posts. Quick reflections that will help me discover new ideas. New ways of thinking about familiar topics. That’s the concept.

 

This post is my first line.

 

Time to start cooking.