Music has always been a part of my life, going back to when I was just a little kid and my father used to tape Scott Muni’s Beatles show Ticket To Ride on WNEW on Sunday mornings so that we could listen to it together when I got home from CCD.
Over the years, I’ve managed to accumulate a fairly large collection of music (mostly CDs but some records). Every two years, when the CDs that I’ve bought fill the very limited space allotted to them in our “media center”, I need to add them to the binders that hold the major part of the CD collection. This process usually takes a couple of nights to complete, since the discs are in alphabetical order. Every time that I do this, I find music that I’d like to tell other people about, but this never ends up happening because up until now I’ve never created a platform to explore the music that I love.
That’s why I’m going to try to start writing about music and my relationship to it via this site. I’m hoping to write about my music library in a specific order (typically one CD – or possibly one band’s whole output – at a time from each binder, so day one will come from the binder labeled “A-Drop”, day two will come from “Dur – Jud”, etc.). Some days this will take the form of a typical CD review, but other days things will be a little more experimental.
I’m also hoping to share longer stories about some of these bands and how they relate to my life and to dive into some larger issues involving music and culture in general. But first and foremost, this is going to be my personal story about my relationship to music and my feelings about it. I’m not an expert, and I’m not trying to tell people what music is good and what isn’t, which is why I’m not rating any of these albums. Not only is that impossible, but, as you’ll see, my music collection is missing a lot of stuff from the 80’s and 90’s and it tends to skew towards white, male rock bands. Hopefully, if this site continues, I’ll be able to explore why that happened and why I think my kids’ music collection will be more diverse. Also, since many of you are either musicians, music educators or music fans yourselves, I’m hoping that you will contribute by leaving comments so that we can build a respectful community of interested music fans.
Finally, I started using Twitter to discuss the Grateful Dead show from that day in history that I’ve listened to at work. As you can see, for a while I wrote longer reviews of these shows and posted them here, but those posts overwhelmed this site, so I’ve moved all further Grateful Dead postings to a new site called the Daily Dose of the Dead, which you can find here.