Saturday, March 1, 2008

The necessary outlet

Ever since I moved from home eight years ago, it immediately became clear that I would have trouble keeping my sanity, or at the very least my cool, without two very important elements.

First and foremost: music. They say you grow out of your dependence on music. I'm 26, but it hasn't happened for me yet. It's how I prepare. It's how I re-energize. If I need to focus or if I need to be distracted, I put on my headphones. Considering the number of albums I have, it could be said that listening to music is my one hobby, because I have rarely made time for anything else.

Second, I need some outlet of creative energy. Sometimes I can focus it into my work, but usually it's not enough. Even if I didn't really have the time and even if nobody asked for it, there has had to be some public output. First I had a Blogger blog, and then a website. For a while I DJed at a volunteer radio station, and after that I wrote a weekly column for the campus newspaper. Then I buried my head in research for a year, and in between journal readings I wrote music reviews for an online publication. In October I moved closer to home and, for the first time, tried just working full time and spending time with family, avoiding the need to constantly stay busy. I thought it would help me enjoy things more, but I've become more and more stressed and frustrated.

So here I am. Back at Blogger. I hope this helps.

By the way, I'm Craig. Thanks for reading.

Track 1: "Prescilla" by Bat for Lashes from "Fur and Gold"
[iTunes] [website]

A perfect opening track. It's a song that you assume will keep building as it goes, but when it doesn't, you somehow end up appreciating it more because of it.


  1. indie mom said...

    Why would you want to outgrow the love of music? I hope I never do. Thanks for the link!

  2. Killer said...

    I had heard "What's a girl to do" on Left of Center (sirius). Their music makes me think of a SciFi/Fantasy book. I'm not sure why.

    If you are willing to link to a blog that might be about poop, and definitely about all means, welcome.

  3. Jim said...

    Craig & co. welcome aboard. Glad to share a link and looking forward to hearing more.

  4. Grant Miller said...

    Since it appears you are about to rock, I salute you.

  5. Deutlich said...

    welcome back to blogger.

    also? i'm 26 and would freak the hell out w/out music.


    end of story.

    furthermore, I freakin' love your blog.