My songwriter journal
Over the years I’ve seen my songwriter journal go from a spiral notebook to what your reading right now. This blog post. I remember carrying my nineteen cent Bic pen around in my teeth like a chewed up cigar. And my trusty notebook in the seat of my car next to me. But now I can just tell Siri to “take a note”. Then, I can just copy and paste it into this blog when I get back to my computer. Here’s why I bring it up.
I’ve kept a songwriter journal every year of my life for decades.
“So what, Tony. Why should that mean anything to me?”
Well, I’m glad you’re curious. And maybe it doesn’t mean anything to you. Because maybe you’re not a songwriter. And you’ve never been. And you never want to be one. If that’s the case, no problem. But I bet you ARE a person who does something worth remembering. Yes? No?
Even if you think you do nothing worth remembering, I recommend keeping a journal. Because there might be someone (or many someones) who’d love to know more about you. Or they might just be curious why you were so boring. And voila! They can open up one of your journals (after you’ve left the planet) and read what you wrote. Then, they’ll know for sure why you were so boring.
But all seriousness aside…
I’ve heard a lot of speakers talk about the value of keeping a journal. And I typically nod silently as I think, “Wow, I was keeping journals long before they were ever even thinking about talking about it.”
So, my life confirms what they say about journaling.
I can go back to the seventies and see my first writings. And I can see how awful I was at it. It wasn’t bad. But it’s awful compared to what I’m able to write nowadays. And that’s because I kept doing it all this time. Of course, that’s how you get good…and get better and better…at anything.
Most of my writing is done on a computer or one of my other digital devices these days. But I recommend keeping a physical journal, too. At least now and then. Because there’s something fun about connecting the thoughts in your head to a paper page with swirling movements of your hand and ink from a pen.
So, as you live your life each day,
You might think up some things to say.
And if you do, then right away,
Grab your journal and write away.
Take my word for it kid,
You’ll be glad you did.
Grab some Merch
Or how about some music for kids
Don’t forget to tip your RhymeTender on the way out.