That’s because today, this is post number 1000. And try as I might, I only have a single track by 999 on a compilation. You’ve got one guess, and you’re right. It was June 24 of 2010 when I started blogging. There has been a lot of water under the bridge since then. I really need to print hard copies of each post and have them to refer to so I can avoid writing about the same old bands, more often than merited. Within reason.
The last year saw me go off on a tear and devote over 80 [almost] consecutive posts to a monomaniacal examination of one of my favorite bands, Simple Minds. I promise not to do that again any time soon, and given the complexity of my feelings over those Scots it’s not likely to happen.
One negative piece of fallout from the exercise has been the…”ballooning” shall we say, of the reviews I have been writing ever since. It seems to me as if I’ve lost my ability to hammer out a post that gets to the crux of the matter in 500-700 words. I blog during my lunch hour at work, so brevity is to be encouraged, if you can believe that. Now, I’m more likely to dig a little deeper in my analysis. Not always to my benefit.
So I need to try to reign in my tendency to overwrite. Given that everything here is a hasty first draft, and I am frantically trying to record my numerous thoughts about music in a hurry, this will be difficult for me. But the beauty of comments is that I can hold back, or remember something later that would be a good fit to flesh out the post in the comment dialog that occurs with the fine readers of this little corner of teh interwebs.
As for the commenters, they make it much better than it would be without them. Shoutouts to the crusty regulars that have seen fit to stick around even after six straight months of posts on Simple Minds! A doff of the Aztec Energy Cone® to old friends like Brian Ware, chasinvictoria, ronkanefiles, and JT who go back years with me. I truly appreciate them keeping their ears to the ground here in spite of the miles that separate us. These comments have also been truly gifted with the presence of people whom I’ve not had the the pleasure of knowing for decades, but their contributions to the dialog here have enriched my time doing [and perhaps your time reading this] this immeasurably. I’m talking about people like Nick, Tim, zoo, Simon H, Stephen Shafer, StellaVista, ianbalentine, vlad, and Taffy. Gavin has been a relatively recent presence here, but he’s definitely one of us and I look forward to more contributions from this most compatible mind. I’d love to shop for records with each and every one of you!
I wil hold out a special recognition for a presence so reliable here, he’s practically the co-writer on this blog. Of course that could only be Echorich. A guy, who I actually have shopped for records with! Such a gift! I am amazed that anyone with their own blog would pour such time and care into their posts to the comment threads here as he does, but I swear that he posts 10 times as much as commentary here than what he does as posts in his own little corner of the internet. And the quality of his writing forces me to up my game to meet him on an even keel.
So after five years and 1000 posts, where do we go from here? I’ve not changed the theme of the blog since day two, when I switched from Blogger to WordPress. I’ve slightly tweaked the widgets; as recently as last week, in fact. I may go off and rethink everything soon. Or not. What I am mulling over would take real time that I probably don’t have. I know I gravitate to the same handful of bands but that’s a factor of the collector’s sickness that I carry. I’ve got thousands of releases by about 200 bands. Maybe. Years ago I attempted a tally of each distinct band in the Record Cell and it was <150 at the time. It’s true I tend to vertically rather than laterally collect.
I think that the focus of the blog needs to come back to my primary passion; remastering releases for my “vanity label.” But that is dependent on time and money to buy the records I still need, so who knows if that will play out. I don’t plan the blog in advance or write ahead of posting, so it’s pretty immediate. If there’s anything you would care to see me write about, there’s always a comment field or the contact form to post me an email. Special orders don’t upset us. If I have anything to say on a subject, I’ll do it. Let’s gear up for the next thousand posts.
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