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Composer’s Notebook: Journal and Journalism

Mark Gresham | 02 FEB 2019

Mark Gresham

Mark Gresham, relaxing in the Galleria at Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta (credit: Stephanie Anderson)

It’s been a while since I made an entry into my Composer’s Notebook. Mostly, I guess, because I expected it to be only an occasional thing, much less a category in the Menu of this online publication. Most of my time has been taken up by journalism rather than attending to any personal journal. For example, last night I wrote a brief piece about Ursula Oppens’ 75th birthday bash at Merkin Hall in New York, posting it in the wee hours of this morning. This evening I will go to review the Atlanta Opera’s opening performance of Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking. That means writing about it tomorrow, of course.

This past Sunday, however, successful entrepreneur, influencer and all-around good guy Derek Sivers* sent me a link to his most recent article, Benefits of a daily diary and topic journals. It got me to thinking about the importance of having a journal of sorts. Not that I will post daily in Composer’s Notebook, but Derek’s advice reminded me that a personal journal has an important role amid all the journalism that I do, even if any Composer’s Notebook entry based on daily thoughts in it gets posted only weekly or every two weeks. Maybe even every few days or so, depending on the relevant thoughts and their substance, but not ignored for months.

Those are my thoughts for this week’s post. Composer’s Notebook posts could come more frequently, if I have more breathing room between random acts of journalism. Or with a little more space between. It depends on what I have to say and the time to say it. It could even come as an audio or video stream. (We’ll have to see about that, another matter entirely.)

Thank you again Derek, for your continued inspiration and useful articles. I look forward to your next one. ■

*For those of you who are not already familiar with Derek Sivers, he is best known for being the founder and former president of CD Baby.