Since I've been on such a reading kick lately, I thought I'd share some things I've been reading online about the role of music writing and music blogs and all of that:
- MP3 Blogs vs. Music Blogs: Different Purposes? on Condemned to Rock 'n Roll
- Nightlife/The Dream of Your Own Paparazzi on Flux-Rad
- Dancing About Architecture on Flux-Rad
To be perfectly honest, I find myself alternately fascinated and exhausted by this stuff. I've never been called out on my writing - mostly because I've never claimed to be much of a music writer - but I routinely see the writers at the Nashville Scene (and the Nashville Cream) torn apart because of their taste, or their personal musicianship (or lack of musicianship), or whatever standards the Scene/Cream readers have conjured up in their own heads for the role of music writer. Plus, I routinely struggle with what my intentions are for this blog - while I don't like to think I'm of the "regurgitating press releases" category, I'm certainly never critical, and I'm not sure I ever provide thoughtful commentary about the artists and music I'm discussing. So this is interesting stuff to think about.
Basically when I get confused about what I'm doing with this blog, I have to step back and remember that first and foremost, I'm a DJ. In both DJing and blogging I think I'm attempting to be a something like a curator; a cheerleader; a guide.