Yeah, I know. “Bohemia.” Not exactly a thing I relate to in any serious way. For one, I’m 45 years old as of this writing and I’m too old to care anymore. Secondly, I never bought into the whole “Bohemian” thing anyway, and lastly, I thought it would make a good title for a series of posts, that is if you don’t take the title too seriously. Some will, I’m sure (that’s just the nature of things these days) but for the record, it’s not all that serious. The title actually comes from an LP by Cannonball Adderley, if it must be known.
For a long while now, I’ve been thinking about expanding the parameters of this blog to cover more than just literary matters. After all, there are other things that interest me and influence me and it all works its way into the writing anyway, so I figure why not shake things up a little. I came to writing later in life. Before I began to write I was (and still am) primarily a musician. Music was always my first love, and still is. I didn’t grow up drowning in literary matters, although I was always a voracious reader. I came to writing as a way to express myself, much like I had all those years while playing music. The older I got, I realized that music alone wasn’t doing it, so I began to write. Simple as that. I always wrote, even when I was a little kid, but it wasn’t something on the front burner like it was for those writers who’ve been pursuing it since they were as young as I was when I first started listening to music.
But for me, it all goes into the same pot. Writing, for me at least, is just as much influenced by music, film, art, history, photography, philosophy and many other things than it is by other books and authors. I like to draw from the deep well of everything that interests me and for the most part, nothing is off the table. So what’s to come is basically a celebration of everything that interests me artistically, everything that had ever influenced me or currently influences me or things I find interesting that I’d like to share with those who do actually read this thing. It’s a new year and I think it’s time for a change, to liven things up a little and make things more interesting, or at least I hope. Something tells me I’m going to have a lot of fun doing this and hopefully it will be as interesting to you as it is to me.