Writing is hard, no doubt. Minds operate in abstractions that precede words, and the human capacity to capture those pre-verbal concepts and arrange them into something as clumsy and concrete as written language is nothing short of miraculous. Capturing musical ideas and impressions, which are even more abstract and ephemeral, is particularly difficult.
For these blog entries, I often struggle to figure out when (or even if) I really “have” enough of an album to write anything meaningful. For example, I have had at least two aborted attempts to begin an entry for Anais Mitchell’s Hadestown, both of which I shelve. browse the shelves over at the Pharmacy