Great Streets of Silence Led Away to Neighborhoods of Pause

Over the last week I’ve written two different posts for today, but after dumping one in favor of the other, this morning I decided to dump the other as well.

Maybe it’s the time of year. You know how I am about September.

Or maybe it’s the time of man. Readership of blogs in general—and this blog in particular—is way, way down. Here, it’s about half what it was a couple of years ago. I don’t know all the reasons for this. Something to do with Facebook and Twitter and the growth of website apps that people use to read online, instead of logging on like we all used to do. All I know for sure is, I look at my stats some mornings and see that I could reach more people if I opened a lemonade stand.

I have lots of friends in the virtual world. I’m grateful for each of you, and with this post I am not trying to troll you into commenting, “I love what you do, Jim, even if nobody else does, so please keep up the good work.” I intend to keep writing here (and at Popdose) because once you start writing in earnest, you don’t stop, even if you write only for yourself, like Emily Dickinson.

(Yeah, I know: If I really were the Emily Dickinson of music bloggers, this post would have ended 200 words ago.)

I’m not prepared to announce that I’ll be cutting back to two posts a week, because as soon as I do that, a million ideas will swim up from wherever the hell they live and I’ll have posts aplenty. In the short term, this blog is going on hiatus until Wednesday September 5th or thereabouts. Between now and then I am going to be on the radio a little bit, hang out with old friends, drink some beer, watch some football, and stay off the Internet as much as I can.

But before I go: if you missed it earlier this week when I tweeted it, here’s something Hall and Oates did in 1973 for the original single release of “She’s Gone.” They were supposed to lip-sync a performance for a local TV show in Atlantic City, and strictly speaking, they did—although the producers never expected what Hall and Oates gave them, and they refused to air it.

(Full story here.)