So I’ve been thinking and writing a lot about the media formats on which we compile and listen to music – tapes, CDs, iTunes playlists and so on – and how the various affordances of each of those formats shape the nature of the mix.
For the past few months, on and off, I’ve been working on my next book and I think it’s starting to come into focus enough to be able to start talking about it. It’s still a long way off, and I’m very much in the researching and collecting thoughts stage – but it’s taking some sort of shape in my head and that’s a good moment for something like this.
In order to be good at something, you need to first spend time being bad at it. Musical instruments, and particularly the violin, where ‘bad’ takes on whole new layers of meaning, are very good examples of this idea.
I’ve written pretty much every day for well over 20 years. On average, somewhere around 1500 words a day. Often much more. I’m not talking about emails or text messages. I mean stopping, sitting down and writing for no reason other than to write.