I've been recently thinking about this book - Songs for a Teenage Nomad. In it the protagonist, Calle, has a song journal where she links a song with a memory. So I decided to give it a whirl. First, here are some examples from the book:
Get Out the Map
"... the air smelling like honeysuckle, I dangle my arm from the passenger window, aware only of the honeysuckle air, Indigo Girls on a scratchy radio, and a white sun. And that everything we own has been packed into the back of a battered orange mini van... again..."
Perfect Blue Buildings
"... Mom plays Counting Crows all morning in the yellow light of the apartment. I am a shadow lingering about her. She looks through me, wanders the rooms. The curtains are drawn tight against a brown LA sky. Ted is late again, and Mon cries while she sings..."
Here's how I did:
"Listening to the Dancing Queen next to my dad in the car "Turn it up!" Singing along like I own it. Feelings of twirling around. Knowing I must play this when I'm seventeen. And I do. My love of dancing freely is pretty much gone now. I can just imagine all the weddings I went to and the many dances I participated in. Shoes off! I'm the dancing queen in my head. I'm having the time of my life."
"Dad telling me how he met mom. Dad the smooth talker. Did he get her to dance at the disco? I've never asked. Finding love at nineteen. Such luck. It's strange. They are so different then they once were. Teenagers in love."
So I tried. It's not as descriptive as the book, but I did enjoy reminiscing. I actually like the idea of writing a little bit about my day or a memory. It's like I'm writing my story. I'm not much of a journal writer, yet it's kind of fun so whether I'm writing about memories linked to songs or my day - I think I'll try writing a little everyday.
How to create your own song journal according to Kim Culbertson:
- Select songs that have significance to you somehow.
- Each journal entry should use the song as the title to the entry.
- In each entry, describe a scene/memory in your life that this sibg brings to you. Focus on using specific detail and sensory description to "show" the memory rather than just tell the memory (look closely at what Calle does in her journals).
- Create a cover for your journal.
Do you write in a journal?
If you were to write a Song Journal entry what would you write about?