30 Things I Love Right Now: [08.17.11]

  1. Green tea…
  2. Taping things to my the desk with the butcher paper on it…
  3. Uncle Tupelo
  4. Which is to say: the incessant circling back to seminal creative influences…
  5. How when my dog gets up in the middle of the night to go outside, I don’t really get frustrated anymore — but maybe that’s because I don’t really sleep through the night either…
  6. Old people and their dogs…
  7. Which is to say me and my old dog…
  8. How big and open and high the far gray wall feels…
  9. How I used feels mostly for alliterative purposes at first, even though I thought to myself that there was probably a better, less figurative word for it but then when I thought about it a little longer, feels actually is the right word all the way around…
  10. The chords for “Ain’t No Sunshine,” even though I can’t play it like Bill Withers plays it. I mean, don’t get me wrong: I can’t play it period, but the only way I can sort of play it isn’t the “right” way…
  11. Oh that and the way I can (sort of) play it is actually faster and more regular than the way he plays it, which turns things a little bit upside down for me. Fast = Good. Or so I thought. But in this case, if I was a good guitar player, I could play this particular song slower and more syncopated, which is a way of playing that I have always used to identify my lack of skill. I don’t know what any of that means, of course, but it’s interesting…
  12. That Alys Stephens Center film series thing coming up…
  13. (Not to mention Sidewalk, of course, which I’m ashamed to say I’ve never been to but this has gotta be the year)…
  14. How 30 Things is usually hard — or at least how there are sections of it that are hard, frustrating, fallow. You’re just sort of grasping at straws. But in a good way because it feels like practice with very few (if any) consequences. (Practice for what? Loving? Making words? Thinking? All of the above? Something[s] else altogether?) That’s sort of a self-serving advertisement for 30 Things, but I do, in fact, feel that and it is, in fact, a thing I love right now…
  15. My crazy Squibb’s Lesson Plan Book…
  16. Calling things that are the opposite of crazy crazy…
  17. Repeating the same word back-to-back, especially when it’s a cool-looking word like crazy
  18. How one metaphor I’ve been using to think about (and understand?) things — ghosts — is morphing into another: invisible. Noun to adjective, I guess, and ordinarily I’d like to be moving towards nouns. But still. It’s opening up the metaphor in a good way…
  19. How two (2) whole times last week, I really felt that process was more important to me than product. Or I just actually trusted that all and any manner of creative tinkerings will yield something, so I don’t have to worry right now. [Update! I felt it again on Tuesday morning when I was practicing guitar before school.]…
  20. Clean blankets…
  21. Serendipity…
  22. Discovering all those envelopes and receipts (etc) in my RMR commonplace that had all those handwritten poems on them. More the way it looked than the poems themselves…
  23. The tableau out the window, up and to the left especially: lampost. cerrated concrete of the parking deck. whatever kind of sky as a backdrop. And how all that changes all day…
  24. Week Two, which isn’t Week One (which I also loved), which means it’s really real now…
  25. Red crayon on yellow copy paper…
  26. Mornings…
  27. The new order/rhythm of the day (which I much prefer to the summer rhythm, which is a really important thing for me to remember about myself)…
  28. My new relationship to this (newish) room…
  29. “And the Healing Has Begun” by Van Morrison. The chords for it but also just the song. [Note: same goes for “Ain’t No Sunshine.”]…
  30. In fact, how trying to learn to play a song is mostly, for me, paying homage to the song itself. Which is different from writing. I can’t learn how to play a cover version of One Hundred Years of Solitude. Or I don’t know. Maybe I can.

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