For once, I’m not one of those people eager to put the previous year behind me so I can start over after January 1. All things being equal, I’d say 2018 was pretty good to me. I published my first book, attended some great concerts, and added some remarkable music to my collection. And I can’t help but feel like I’m just getting started.
The new year will bring new goals and ambitions, none of which I intend to treat like “resolutions.” For me, 2019 will be about doing what I’ve been doing, only more efficiently and effectively. My publisher has green-lit my next two books. My responsibilities at Proglodytes are growing, which is directly connected to my intended future. I’ve had a good look at that potential future, and what it will take to get there. It’s time to go to work on that goal, and make it happen. In order to do that, my approach toward some things (like this page) will have to undergo some moderate changes.
It may seem like lunacy, but I’ll be researching my next two books at the same time. I wasn’t planning on writing it, but I Can’t Be the Only One Hearing This demands a sequel, which I’m calling … And What I’ve Been Hearing Since. A lot has happened to me musically since I finished my first book. I’ve heard some incredible bands, been to some cool places, and met some really interesting people. I’d like to tell you about them. The other book I’m calling The Notes Dad Left Me, which is about jazz and the passing of a musical torch from one generation to the next.
I mention those books now because I plan to document their development as part of this web page, an idea I no doubt stole from many musicians who documented how their albums came to be made. My updates will be monthly, because I have too many other plates spinning to mention it daily.
This page will soon be divided into four distinct parts, which you will recognize by the titles I use. A Few Words About … will bring you a record reviews of 350 to 500 words. Coming to the Stage … will present concert reviews I hope to cap out at 750 words. Artist Profiles will consist of features or interviews with musicians known and not-so known, hopefully in 1,000 words or so. Musical Musings is where I take the cap off and pontificate, like I’m doing here. That being said, it would be nice to stay under 1,500 words. A little brevity will do wonders for both writer and reader.
Thomas Hatton, the editor-in-chief at Proglodytes, has named me the Jazz arm of that web site, as we look to expand the page’s musical palette. I’m also looking to improve on my photography skills with better equipment and a few lessons. I’ve captured a few good shots over the past couple of years, but not as many as I would like. More professional equipment will help.
I am always looking for artists to profile and records to review. If you have one or both available, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll talk about it.
I hope to continue to develop an entertaining web page for you, making you happy and eager to read whenever you see a notification from me. Here’s to a joyous and highly musical 2019. It’s gonna be a blast!