“Every Day, I’m a …”

Seeking a change of pace, I recently listened to a couple of episodes of the podcast Broken Record, including this extraordinary hour with Rosanne Cash.

Among many, many wise comments throughout the show, one thing the singer said really stuck with me. Asked about her writing practice, she replied, “I don’t write a song every day, but every day I’m a songwriter.” Even on the days she doesn’t write, Cash continued, she’s paying careful attention to what’s going on around her and taking notes that inform her future songwriting in one way or another.

We all have such a thing, don’t we — an art that we claim and practice even on days when it doesn’t look like it.

What’s your art? What are you, every day?