Today I had the chance to sit down and finish a project that I’ve been working on for quite a while now.
No, it wasn’t something particularly challenging or impressive; simply an album review for Joel Plaskett’s newest release. As a long-time fan, and occasional live music reviewer, I was totally up for the challenge of writing my first full-album review for the Canadian music blog, Ride the Tempo.
Oh my goodness what a challenge!
I’ve written at least a dozen recaps of concerts and even covered full festivals, but sitting down on my own with an album is one of the most personal forms of writing that I’ve ever encountered. Honestly, this was far outside of my comfort zone – and I’m glad that I took the time to try.
Writing isn’t about staying safe inside of your comfort zone – it’s about expanding and learning. It’s about creating something to share. It’s about pushing yourself in new directions. This is how you learn to develop your voice. As it turns out, every single piece of experience will go towards shaping your perspective – so a music review could become a stepping stone in my writing journey.
At the end of the day, I don’t even care if my writing isn’t on par with other reviewers. After trying my hand at this unusually daunting task, I dare anyone to reach out and try a new form of writing. You’ll be surprised by just how awkward it feels. And how rewarding your experience will be.