I often say that if I could get anyone to listen to me in real life - about anything - the way people listen to me on Twitter about music...well, I'd be dangerous.
I am afforded a good bit of freedom with my regular writing gigs. For the most part, I pitch the story I want to write and the angle I want to take and the client or editor typically says, yeah, sounds great, go for it. But there are times when I have a more personal story to tell, either about the adventure surrounding a show I'm covering, or the details of an interview that weren't appropriate to share in the context of the story, or time spent with musicians who are friends, or houseguests, or playing a show I'm not writing about. There are times when I would like to share a story, to preserve it for posterity, and I don't have a platform to do so.
And so, here we are, Internet. I've kicked around the idea of starting a blog for several years. I always decided not to move forward with it because I was worried I wouldn't have enough time to devote to it to keep the posts coming regularly. Funny that I decided now is the time - now, when I have reached the point of being so overscheduled that I can only look at my calendar as an hour-by-hour directive of where I'm supposed to be on a given day, lest I give myself a panic attack.
The thing is, I've managed to get my life to a point where everything I do is so interconnected, so laser-focused around my values and skill set, that I see this as the loom that will pull all the threads together so that everyone else can see the beautiful tapestry I'm weaving. Wow, that was a bad cliche, huh? I'm a little rusty on this blogging thing. (Wanna see an abandoned Old West town of past blogs? Start by visiting Carter & His Mama and Straight On Through).
My point is that it makes sense, at least in my own head, to get started now. Between the projects I have on my plate now and the ones in the pipeline, this is most definitely the time to start sharing what's going on in JJ-land.
Few things make me happier than when someone tells me that I introduced them to their favorite band. A lot of times, I don't know anyone was listening when I talked about a band or a song or an album until someone thanks me much later. I tend to remember who turned me onto an artist, and I get really excited about discovering music I didn't know before. It's incredibly gratifying to be at the other end of that and do that favor for others.
So, what do you think? Are you ready to meet your next favorite band? Take my hand and get ready to sing along.