Back From A Break

Dear Reader,

I always feel awkward writing these “where I’ve been” blog posts, because that assumes that anyone really cares where I’ve been in the past few months—and arrogance is an ugly color to wear. However, since I have an opportunity to recognize a really cool website, I thought I would take a few moments to address and explain my recent lack of blog posts.

Starting in the spring of last year, I was on Craigslist looking for some editing jobs (more information about that will be provided soon) when I found an ad for a music writing website. I can’t remember what the ad said, but it looked legitimate enough that I responded and provided the details that the ad asked for. I was met with a quick reply from the website, and soon I was writing music reviews on a weekly basis for the next six months. This website is Geyser Music. It’s a really cool place to find new musical artists, or catch up on what some of your favorite artists are doing these days. The focus tends to be mostly on underground music, though, so don’t expect to find any Top Ten Billboard artists here. And in many ways, that’s a good thing. I’ve had the opportunity to review some great artists that are doing some truly unique things. Some of my favorite releases have been The Weather Station’s What Am I Going To Do With Everything I Know, Passenger’s Whispers, and North Atlantic Explorers’ My Father Was A Sailor. Geyser Music tends to focus on finding artists that the reviewers liked, which means that the write-ups are not about tearing down an artist, but about providing readers with a chance to listen to someone interesting that they may have never heard of.

Though I enjoyed writing for the website, I’ve decided to step away from Geyser Music for a while so that I can have more time to focus on my own music and part-time jobs. The reviewer positions are comprised entirely of volunteers, so if you are interested in writing for them, I’d encourage you to drop them a line. The editors there are pretty fantastic people.

Okay, enough about me. What have you been up to in these past few months? Let me know in the comments down below.

Sincerely,

Charlie

P.S. I was not paid, or endorsed in anyway, to write the above blog post.

P.S.S. I’m on a lot of cold medication right now, so I apologize if this post is an incoherent mess.

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14 Responses to Back From A Break

  1. Sounds like you found an interesting gig for a while. Good for you. Blogs belong to the one who creates them. Depending on what you want from your blog will determine how often you blog and whether it will be consistent or not. I think you do fine. I enjoy reading when you post. Sometimes, we simply have to take the time to pursue our own interests then return when the time is right to share what we’ve learned. You do that quite well.

    • It was definitely an interesting thing to do. It challenged me in a lot of ways. I agree that our blogs can be whatever we want them to be, which is a really liberating thought. Right now, I’m trying to follow the Fiona Apple method, meaning quality over quantity. I enjoy reading your blog posts as well!

  2. It’s true that if you are open to it, you will learn something new every day. Thanks for teaching me something new! I have often wondered how one would go about writing lyrics and sending them in for groups to explore. There is a band my son listens to and their songs are very deep. I tried to follow their style by writing a piece that is published on my blog. The group is O Sleeper and the blog title is Running Against Time (or something like that).
    Good to have you back in circulation. I also slip in and out from time to time. Yes, time. That’s exactly the problem.

  3. If I had a nickel for every time I had written a paragraph like your first one there… I’ve been looking around for some music blogs/sites lately. Glad to have found yours and will check out this other you mention as well. 🙂

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