Sunday, February 8, 2009
Block and Tackle or was that Tackling Block?
Lately I've had some shall we say, difficulty, getting my thoughts to flow from my overly cluttered mind and onto a pad of paper or Word document. Finally, the denial stage is done and I've admitted to myself that I'm suffering from writer's block. Not being alone in my suffering does nothing to alleviate it, but chocolate and loud music seem to help immensely.
Another friend, also a writer, has been suffering a similar fate. She and I have formed a mutual support system of encouragement (nice words for we nag one another) and it's been successful. For one of us, anyway. She's produced two and a half chapters of work since we started and I've written about 500 words. The depths of my jealousy could dig a hole beneath my feet all the way to New South Wales. But not jealous because of the breadth of her work. It's more like I keep coming up with all of these wonderful ideas that are going to make this a much longer piece than I ever imagined and I need to reign myself in so that I can focus on one of them. So, I'm trying to devise a system of organization that will let me write in non-linear pieces and then work on the flow.
In the meantime, my dearest darling friends from the other side of the Atlantic have sent music to soothe my savage beast. David, the hottest thing going in Northern Ireland, sent a compilation that has featured wonderful artists such as Lisa Mikovsky, Santogold (a fave), Tricky, Travis, Heather Nova, Chairlife and Little Jackie to name a few. I think my current favorite track from the disc is by Amaral and is titled, Kamikaze.
My friend Beat who rocks the house in Zurich sent me an awesome compilation that features the Raveonettes, Elbow, Deerhunter, Super Furry Animals (always a fave since their song Venus and Serena), M83, Sebastien Tellier and Martina Topley-Bird tripping the list of win. Beat's compilations are always a favorite with my two sons who still love Wir sin Helden's Zuhalter, affectionately known to them as the rubber band song. Kids, what can you do? Both compilations are lovely and eclectic, just like their composers.
I wanted to embed a youtube video of at least a couple of these songs, but I still seem to be on the blacklist with Blogger because no matter how many times I read the directions, I still don't seem to get it right. Sorry about that. Feel free to youtube any of these acts and you might just help me dance my way around the block. I'm holding out hope.