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Despite not giving you much to read here in the near year-and-a-half since my last update, I’ve been able to share my passion for vinyl with others across the country and the globe in a myriad of ways, outside of this site: I do my best to post record-related pics daily via Instagram; I’ll tweet up a storm with anxious abandon regarding what’s coming out soon; And most notably, I stumbled upon the YouTube Vinyl Community, a loose collective of folks all over the world making short videos about their recent pick-ups, grails they hope to find one day or other general vinyl talk. So what sometimes I would’ve talked about at length here on Tumblr - and taken me probably several hours to type up exactly how I wanted - actually went on my YouTube channel instead.
It was through the VC that I ended up meeting several strangers who would come to be friends. A Chicago-area record store crawl was organized this past June, where folks came from as far as Cincinnati and St. Louis to dig at four area stores, have lunch and generally get to know each other outside of a keyboard or smartphone. (The above photo of me was taken by Rob Clark - who was my intro into the VC and has since become a good friend both online and off - during said crawl, and the current banner photo on the VC Facebook page is one I actually took, too).
For the last two years, I’ve devoted a significant chunk of my free-time to writing press releases and doing PR for area bands, and while that’s rewarding as a side-job, it’s made the thought of typing out my thoughts on records - after spending several hours on one band bio - unappealing over that same time period. Hence, why not film myself for 10 minutes and toss it up for viewing, where more of my personality can come through?
There aren’t as many shows or releases towards the end of each year, so that’s why this is a great time to begin shifting my writing back towards the blog. The truth is, I loved writing ever since I was a kid, and to a larger extent, just telling people what I thought of stuff. Watching Reading Rainbow or At the Movies as a kid, it blew me away that people could talk about whether they liked or disliked something, and that other people would care. My mom recently told me a story of how I was up all night one time in fourth grade, too excited to sleep because I had a book report the next day. Mom thought I was nervous, but on the contrary, I was way too psyched to go to school the next day and talk about whatever book that was.
From a talking-about-vinyl standpoint, part of me misses being proud of something I wrote, and not just saying “This is amazing!” 17 times into a camera. Chances are I’ll still do that from time to time, and do a better job of sharing those moments here on the blog.
From a writing standpoint, I’m looking forward to posting at least once a week, as opposed to under a slew of conflicting deadlines that come up in the PR world. There are few thrills in that industry bigger than scoring a young group their first actual interview, which I’ve been lucky enough to do several times over. Writing for bands and musicians is a fantastic exercise in speaking on behalf of someone and interpret their own work in a few paragraphs, which will hopefully lead to press folks wanting to share that work with their readers, followers, listeners, etc. But I guess what I’m saying is that I’m interested less in the exercise portion of that. If anything, I’d like to increase my actual exercise these days!
So what’s coming on the blog? I’ll begin to cover items of my own collection that I’ve been wanting to discuss, and I also hope that keeping the blog more current will lead to bands, labels, etc. sending me their records as well for coverage here, as they did in the past. (FYI - my address has been updated on the Contact page, so visit there for where to send things if you care to). I’m also incredibly excited to be upgrading both my turntable and amp: My wife was kind enough to order me a U-Turn Orbit+ for my birthday this week, and I was able to pick-up a Sansui 5000X earlier this summer (only one channel works currently, so I plan on getting that fixed), so there’ll definitely be posts regarding those. PLUS, the finished attic in my wife and I’s new house as of 9/1/14 will be a dedicated record room, so I’m very happy to have a listening area and space for autographed LP covers, baseball memorabilia and all my other crazy stuff to go. I feel the change of scenery and the gear upgrade will do wonders for both my enjoyment of my collection, and your enjoyment of the blog.
So, stick with me. Thanks for your patience and hope to see you here again very soon!