I’ve been reading John Irving lately, and I just finished The Cider House Rules for the third time the other night. Irving’s work keeps me humble: He’s writing, and I’m just typing. He’s creating art, and I’m just killing time.
Toward the end of The Cider House Rules, one character is describing the ocean to another who’s never seen it. Irving comments: “How we love to love things for other people; how we love to have other people love things through our eyes.” That would make a fine statement of purpose for this blog. My hope is that if you don’t already, you will grow to love some of the things I write about here. And as of today, I’ve been trying to achieve that purpose for exactly five years. If you just tuned in, here’s some of what you missed—the best posts from July ’08 through June ’09.
Although I call this a music blog, it’s never been entirely about music. Sometimes it’s about what happens on the radio behind the scenes (1, 2) and sometimes it’s about what happens on the radio way behind the scenes (1, 2, 3). Sometimes it’s about competitors who aren’t paying attention and listeners who are. Occasionally it’s about our love affair with radio, and sometimes it’s about death: of formats and of performers.
A year ago this week, we were in California, firmly resolved not to write while we were gone, but that didn’t stop a whole series from percolating while we were away (1, 2, 3). At various points across the year, we looked inward at ourselves until you got a headache, on going home and whether you can, on Saturday afternoons 40 years ago, and on an atheist’s Christmas carol.
But this is still a music blog, mostly. And so we wrote about a handful of unknown bands of the late 70s and early 80s, about the TV series The Midnight Special, and about the other “Seasons in the Sun.”
We wrote about a friend of the Beatles even they couldn’t make into a star, about a band that was rumored to be the Beatles but was not, and about a band that has harnessed the power of Memphis soul for the new millennium.
We wrote about seeing Emerson Lake and Palmer in concert, and about spending Christmas with Elton John. We also remained completely geeky on the subject of 45 mixes versus album versions, had a beer with Sonny and Cher, and listened to some jazz fusion.
We met Mister Zero of the Kings (“This Beat Goes On/Switchin’ to Glide”) via e-mail and did a four-part interview (1, 2, 3, 4). We’d love to interview Tommy James, but until he answers our e-mails, we’ll have to settle for just writing about him (1, 2, 3).
We dug some garage bands from Michigan, we invited a guest blogger to tell us about the night John Lennon died, and we pointed and laughed at some of the nominees and winners of the Album of the Year Grammy.
And once again, we grossly overused the royal “we.”
The music links at all of the posts mentioned above are most likely dead. If there’s a song that you just have to hear, get in touch via e-mail and I’ll see if I can hook you up. Find my e-mail address at the “Contact Me” link above, or look me up on Facebook.
To see links to the best of our previous four years, click here. And as always, my thanks to all readers everywhere.