A good nights sleep could be keeping you from writing your first novel

Sleepless nights, I’ve had a few.

Although I’ve never been diagnosed with insomnia, I often lie awake at night while thoughts seemingly race through my brain. Sometimes they’re quite random, while other times they’re almost fully realized.

Somehow, and for some reason, I’ve thought up jokes in the middle of the night. Some of them have been so hilarious that I’ve woken my wife because I was actually laughing out loud at my own joke. And yet, I’ve never remembered to write them down!

I’ve thought of what I think are great lyrics and almost entire chapters to novels that I know I will never write. Again, I never seem to remember to write anything down!

I don’t consider myself to be a creative person, never have. However, perhaps its the lack of sleep or my subconscious that occasionally provides me with a glimpse of what is really going on in my head that I’m unable to express, for whatever reason?

 

Have we lost the art of listening to music?

I recently read an article that Alan Cross linked to that was published in The Guardian on Tuesday, May 9th. Kate Hennessey’s article was entitled “In full, on vinyl, no talking: have we lost the art of listening to music?” You should read it. It was very good.

I was absolutely blown away when I read about a venue hosting events where music fans gathered to listen intently to recorded music like it was something groundbreaking. These so called music fans were actually willing to pay money to sit quietly while they listened to an album in its entirety. Would they consider doing this if the same artist was in front of them performing live? In my experience, they wouldn’t.

If such events have any traction beyond ‘trend’ status, should we not be trying to promote the act of listening intently to an artist actually performing live? Or does such an act lack the irony that a certain demographic finds necessary in order to justify their participation?

I love experiencing live music. I don’t get out as often as I’d like, but when I’ve made a conscious decision to see a band or solo act perform live I want to actually hear them perform. My biggest pet peeve is people that talk during a show that I’ve invested time and money to see. Since when are musicians less worthy of our undivided attention than other performing arts? Would you talk or take a phone call during a ballet, contemporary art performance or while an author is reading from their latest work? I highly doubt it.

If the popularity of these ‘listening’ events is indeed on the rise, why the heck can’t fans gather together to actually listen to a musician perform live? Perhaps live music just isn’t cool enough.