The task of writing a thesis is certainly proving to be one of deep involvement and immersion.. Thankfully, my passion for music is being integrated in my studies of the concept album.
I’m finding that i can’t go for a swim, attend band practice or even have a date with my girlfriend without getting distracted at times by thoughts of the things i might like to write about, read about, listen to or watch.
However, at times, i have found that while my creative thoughts are running wild and ideas are aplenty – its hard to force words out on the page that properly articulate the concepts in my mind the way I want them to read. The key word here is WRITING, and i’m finding that if the task of writing is treated as a repetitious process, things start to make sense, slowly but surely, and at the same time become injected with a certain flair and sense of personality that distinguish my own thoughts from those of others.
On Tuesday, I mentioned in my lab class to Adrian, the program director, that in an attempt to pry further words out last week: I spent entire days (9am until 12am) in lockdown at home in what I referred to as my ‘study zone’. I had a comfy chair and table space in my living room, with my relevant texts at my side, 3 concept albums loaded in the CD player (with a Genesis vinyl ready to go while i had lunch), laptop there before me and everything I could possibly need to have a solid, enjoyable study day.
Adrian asked me how I fared with this set up. And the truth was, I ended up with about 700 words, not great words at that, and it took me all of 15 hours to complete. Clearly, for my studies, which involves a combination of writing, reading and listening tasks, it was not a wise idea to collide these three seperate worlds. Adrian was not surprised in the slightest.
Yesterday, I acknowledged the problems of last weeks arrangement, and took it upon myself to pull out the diary in the morning, plan out the day, and allocate separate times to each of my three work areas. In the space of 5 hours of dedicated study, I came away with 800 great words (thought provoking words at that), enjoyed a close listening of Camel’s 1981 concept album ‘Nude’ with the notebook in hand, and read through a lengthy and dense journal article, with some great references, that I had been putting off for weeks.
This blog post aims to serve as a personal reminder of what to do, and what not to do when I have a vacant day for studying. Capping off a productive study day with a clear enough conscience to enjoy a nice dinner and a trip to the cinemas with my girlfriend, without thinking about how the text in the newspaper articles that accompany Jethro Tull’s ‘Thick as a Brick’ vinyl are reflected in the album’s music, was a good feeling.
If I can continue writing like that (as I will attempt to do now that i’ve let off some steam): i’d suggest that ’12 points’ for the word WRITING isn’t out of the question.
See you next time.