I Ramble: 29 July 2017

In the name of Allah, the All-Compassionate, the All-Merciful.

I must say that five out of the seven songs that the guy highlighted in the video below, are the ones that helped me through life. In fact, many Linkin Park songs have helped me out a lot.

I know, you’re probably sick of the whole Chester’s death thing but I guess it affects me quite a bit.

I suppose it’s because I, or even we, have always thought of the lyrics as words that were meant to relate to us or to connect to us…but I/we never realised that they were cries for help or even suicide notes to a certain extent.

What I really want to talk about in this post is about songwriting.

I miss it. A lot. It’s been a while since I’ve tried to write a song. As someone who aspires to be a songwriter, I feel like I have regressed so badly in my craft. G-Dragon from the famous K-Pop group Big Bang shared that he wrote a song every night before sleeping. That’s the ideal calibre for any songwriter really. It’s not about waiting to be inspired or waiting to have the mood to do so. It is a form of discipline. You cannot develop or progress without discipline in anything you do. I’m slowly picking up the habit of being more disciplined but I need to do better. For now, I have somewhat become a bit more consistent in blogging but there is still room for improvement. Even blogging is a skill which needs to be honed. Maybe to people, it is laughable or negligible…

Until they realise, wow, I don’t know what to blog about. That is one thing. Content generation does not come out of thin air. If it is a personal blog with no intended audience, fine then. But actually even so, what exactly do you intend to reflect on your day? What is important to you? If you have readership on the other hand, what is important to your audience? Are you restricted to a certain theme or style if you blog for a publication?

Another thing is about how to blog what you want to blog about. Are you coherent? Can people understand you? Do you even want to be understood? How are you going to express your tone just by using words or only pictures? How do you say something without offending people unintentionally? How do you intentionally offend people in a subtle way?

So, conclusion: I would like to get back to writing songs now that I’m quite settled in writing blog posts.

And yes, as an aspiring songwriter, I too would love to write meaningful songs that anyone can relate to.

If even a single word from me can save someone’s life, I would be the happiest person in the world because that would mean I have done my job as a responsible individual.

And Allah is Al-Ghafur, the All-Forgiving. – MM

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