For the sake of argument

I’m an argumentative sort.  Most people who’ve known me for any length of time will tell you that.  Especially if there’s anything at material at stake, I like to thoroughly explore all sides of an issue.  And sometimes I just like to argue for the sake of exercising my brain and stopping it from just sitting there sluggishly and regulating my breathing.

I must admit that sometimes I get carried away; I have on occasion seen an alarmed look cross the face of my co-argumentor and realised that they thought I was taking it seriously – like I was really passionate about iron filings or the exact contours of a bowler hat.

And then there are the times when it’s hard to tell what the other person is thinking.  Aware that I can come across a little strong sometimes, I do make an effort to tone it down, and then I wonder if actually I’m just being wishy-washy and failing to make my point.  Especially online, after wrapping up a little parcel of opinion and firing it into the void, I may sit and watch it into the distance, wondering if I’ve just torpedoed a developing friendship.

For what it’s worth, people, I don’t hold grudges, and I don’t judge.  I’m a seeker after truth and beauty and all that, and as long as you’re not trying to obscure those, then we’re on the same side.

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Feeling lyrical

I spend today with a friend who is a singer and songwriter.  He writes his songs in Spanish, and some of them he translates into English.  He is amazingly talented, and writes beautifully evocative lyrics with so much meaning in very few words.  Today, I was helping him to smooth out some of the translation bumps where a word has extra connotations in English, or a phrase needed to be readjusted to get the emphasis on the right parts of the right words.  It’s a different kind of writing from what I usually do, basically it’s like the editing process on steroids, but I had a lot of fun, and I think (and hope!) that my friend was pleased with the outcome.  We revised three songs today, and I’m looking forward to hearing them recorded, and to working on the next batch.

Javier, if you’re reading this, thanks for the music, and for the Chinese food!