When you are working on writing something it is a lot like working on playing the piano.
For one thing you are sitting by yourself hour after hour, working away and loving it.
Also there is this other thing.
I was just sketching out an intro to what I plan on being Leonard Pennario's discography. Pennario's discography is not like other discographies. It is like the Iliad! Luckily there is a world-renowned mega-scholar who has promised me assistance, otherwise I will tell you this, there would be no discography.
Anyway. I have something special to say in this one paragraph and I am rearranging it, looking at it, changing a sentence, looking at it again. I do this at work, too. Sometimes I actually step back and look at a story like a painting. When I am happy with what I see I might hold up my hands as if to say, OK.
Just now I was not quite happy. But I was happy with what I had sketched out.
So I said, out loud: "Something like that." And I moved on.
And I laugh when I think about that. I got that phrase from my piano lessons!
It did not happen often, me being the superb pianist that I am, but try to visualize this, that once in a while, as I worked away at music including the Ravel that Pennario is playing in today's link, there would be a passage giving me trouble. I would try it a few times but still not get it quite right. And my teacher, Stephen Manes, he would work with me a little, listening to me and offering advice as captured in this candid photograph.
Sometimes in life you have to do that, say "Something like that."
Let it percolate!