If you have been following my articles over the past year you have seen me talk about a variety of topics. I have let you into my life by sharing stories about how music has played a big part of my life. Recently I wrote about how the music world came together after the tragedies of 9/11. I have also given my opinion on the importance of music in all of our lives. Recently I have found myself struggling to know what to talk about. Circumstances in my life have caused a bit of a writer’s block.
This morning I decided that I was just going to start writing about something and see what came out. So before I started, I put on the current “Music Makes Me” Spotify playlist. The artists featured in the last week have been Amy Grant, Samantha Fish, Brad Paisley, Dan Fogelberg, Black Ridge, Peaches and Herb and Meg Myers. As you know I feature a pretty diverse set of artists on the playlist. The goal has been to try to feature a different artist every day hopefully exposing my followers to something new or reigniting old memories.
At first I was going to write about Meg Myers. I have recently discovered her and the rawness of her music made me think it would be an interesting article. Her story about her life and how she felt her music was about the child in her needing to be healed would make some great material. But then I wondered how many people care about an artist outside of their music.
My second choice was Amy Grant. Grant is the same age as me and I discovered her music at an influential age in my life. She started out in the CCM genre at the same time I became a Christian. Even though she is considered to be very successful in her career, she has personally struggled through divorce and public judgment. I could talk about all her music, her awards or her life. But again it didn’t seem like the perfect topic. Bring on choice number three.
Dan Fogelberg was one of those artists that I had an obsession with for a period of time. I bought every album that he had previously made and any new album that he released. Then as suddenly as I started listening to his music, I moved on and hadn’t listened to him again for many years. I am not sure why I had that obsession with Fogelberg’s music. I can count on one hand the other artists that had that same effect on me. Have any of you experienced the same thing? Maybe not, so I started thinking about my final option.
My oldest daughter’s birthday was this past week. At one point in her life she was a country music fan and tried to convince me that I should be as well. She shared a few artists like Brad Paisley with me. Now keep in mind even though I’m not a C&W music fan, I was brought up in a household where country music was king. Musicians like Dolly Parton and Johnny Cash were staples. I tried to listen to some of the new artists, but they really never made any of my playlists. So how could I really talk about an artist that I could take or leave? No offense to all my country music friends, I still love you.
So after all this thinking of what to write about, I found myself with an article about the internal debate. Instead of just picking one of the artists I talked about or another on the playlist, I have decided to just share this article. Who knows what next week will bring, but I am happy this week to have broken through the writer’s block wall.
Hopefully if you are a musician or writer struggling with writer’s block, you find your groove again soon. Until next week, if you’re a music lover, you can hear, see or learn about new music every day on my Facebook group, Spotify playlist or YouTube playlist. And as always, feel free to reach out and let me know about your favorite new musical discovery.