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A Life Recorded Is A Life Twice Lived…?

April 19th, 2009

I’m not even 30 pages into Brian Eno’s diary and I’m blown away. I’m blown away by how much detail is in his writing. It wasn’t until October of that year that he considered publishing the diary and already, it being the 3rd week of January, he’s writing as if the world will read it. But in his mind I’m sure he believed nobody would ever see it.

He hangs out almost daily with David Bowie. I’m not a big Bowie fan, but the conversations and descriptions of the work they do in the studio and how Bowie thinks creatively is really amazing.

It seems like on a daily basis he has so much free time. He’ll work 3-4 hours in the studio then spend of the rest of the day shopping, or at museums, art galleries, parks, friend’s houses. And the way he writes about it, he’s so insightful about people, so active. Everyday he writes and everyday the energy and profundity jumps off the page. To read, it’s exciting and draining at the same time as my own fatigue has overwhelmed me these last few days.

It’s not a book to use as a comparison to one’s own life, that is for sure. What is an average day for him I’ll have only a few times a year. And I don’t mean what happens during the day, I speak mainly of the energy, the creative spark, the ability to create something out of nothing. It’s fantastic.

A Year With Swollen Appendices, Brian Eno

Refining My Journal Writing

April 18th, 2009

A couple recent books have got me thinking about my journal. I’ve kept a steady journal for about 3 years now. But no matter how hard I try it always seems to turn into a “comment box” that only gets negative responses, or complaints. Reading my journal is not something I do much. Lots of negative crap in there.

Anything I write that has any depth or meaning behind it, usually goes on one of my blogs. So if you follow my blogs at all, and have seen the “good stuff”, you can see how badly I need to learn to write, and keeping a better more profound journal is the simplest way to begin that process.

With that in mind I purchased the seemingly rare A Year With Swollen Appendices by Brian Eno. It’s his diary. It’s out of print so I paid a pretty penny, but something tells me it will be worth it. Brian Eno is many things, but most notably a producer, having worked with David Bowie, David Byrne, U2 (including producing Joshua Tree), James, Coldplay, etc… As his Wiki page states, he is known as the “father of ambient music”

It’s a long book, over 400 pages. But I know I’ll enjoy it, and I’ll TAKE MY TIME (which has been difficult lately). At the same time, I’ll write in my journal things that happen that are important, not petty and easily forgotten, and thus, Brian Eno’s book has already had an effect.

A Year With Swollen Appendices, Book Thoughts, Brian Eno