I don’t know why I decided to make this a songwriting book, its actually a personal organizer, mostly a calendar with random notes pages and blank pages for sketches and such. I just chose to write over everything. It was given to me by my wife, who thought I should be carrying something like this around, specifically when I was not using my iPhone to keep track of things and that thought i'd be able to sketch and such. I was accepted into the Art Institute of Chicago some years back but never really pursued it so she has always really encouraged that I keep it up. The book itself is not very masculine looking to be honest, but that is really not a big concern of mine at this point in my life so carrying it around is just fine by me and this little guy was easy enough to tote around. Eventually I just thought to myself "why not just write over everything?"
Since I started writing Ilsa in large part on the road, it’s was nice to be able to make quick notes and it houses a lot of those along with ideas, chords, sketches and lyrics. Anything that seemed like it might be useable went in. I also have to admit that the inspirational messages throughout the book were helpful. Make It Happen. Write Every Day. Today Is The Day. Think. Dream. Believe. As cheese ball as they are, when you I looked at them so consistently, it felt like Elisa was there with the positive re-enforcement that I often needed and probably the reason she gave it to me in the first place. She knows me better than I know myself.
I’ll probably retire it now and move onto another notebook since there is not much space left. I also thought that maybe i’d keep notes about things pertaining to the record after it gets released, just as a little time capsule and something to look back on. I'm certainly not a Neo-Luddite but I still do like flipping through books and touching paper.
Either way, I did make it happen, so thanks, little book.