Back to the blog once more.
I am again working to recover from an acute episode of PTSD. When I had my really bad episode a few years ago one of the things I did during recovery was a 365 project of self portrait photographs. One a day for a year. I have posted some of those previously on this blog. It was something that was suggested to me by several people and was certainly useful. Tapping into creativity is a useful distraction. Having a task to do every day is also a good discipline because it makes you do something even on the bleakest days. Many days it was easy but there were days when I really had to force myself to do something.
This time round I am going to do another 365 self portrait project. With a difference this time. Something that was suggested to me by a friend some time back but I never got round to starting. So the self portrait each day will be themed on a line or two from a lyric I have heard listening to music the previous day. This works for me as music is an important part of my life and there is not a day I don’t listen at some point. Several people have said to me in the past that I can’t just hear music as background but I have to listen to it. This isn’t strictly true. I often have music as a background; when I am painting for instance. But it is true that more often than not I like to give it my full attention. Always the case with new music I haven’t heard before. It is also true that lyrics are important to me. I generally prefer songs that have something to say in the lyrics.
This will be taken from lyrics from songs I have listened to on shuffle or randomly. (Apart from the first one which will be pre-planned.) This is so that I have to think of it day to day rather than it being a planned ahead thing.I imagine this will be quite a challenge, to hear a lyric that inspires and then to come up with something within 24 hours. It will be my take on a particular lyric. So not necessarily what the song is about or what the artist means but something I can take from it to make a self-portrait. So there may be some funny ones, some “history” ones, something that reveals part of my life for instance. Perhaps some references that people who know me well will recognise. There may be some surprises along the way.I will publish some of them to this blog but I’m not intending to post them all.
So watch this space!