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Reassessing the mission statement

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If you read the various lists offering advice on how to have a successful blog there’s one comment that seems to pop up a lot. Pick a subject to write about and stick with it. It makes sense. If you’re writing a blog about toys, ranting about politics is probably not smart. The fact that none of my earlier blogs had any kind of central theme, beyond whatever the hell I felt like talking about, and none of them got very far, seems to lend credence to this advice.

So when I started Headphone Sacrament I decided that I would talk about music and only music. It made sense. Once upon a time I could write about music until the zombies came home with out taking a breadth. I was also some what good at it, if I do say so myself. And since I missed those days. It seemed like a good chance to may be get them back.

The problem is that back then I was writing about music that I loved and I was definitely hooked on the jamband scene. Finding new bands and tracking down good shows was not a hobby, it was a need! There was a time around 97 when I hit any show in the DC/Baltimore area that I could get to. If the band had anything to do with the jamband scene, and I could figure out how to get there, I went. And when I found those new bands or went to those shows, I felt compelled to talk about what I had experienced.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I’ve heard some amazing music in the past couple of years, but none of it lit a fire in me like back in the 90s. And so my writing has dwindled to nothing. Even what I have written here has largely been forced as opposed to the free flow of words that I used to deal with.

I’m taking some steps to address this situation. Back in mid-June I drove up to Baltimore to see The Recipe play. It was the first time I’d seen the band in over five and a half years.

The Recipe were the last band that I was hardcore about. In early 2001 they were doing a lot of shows in VA and NC. At least once or twice a month I’d get off work on Friday, run home and grab my stuff, then drive down to Charlottesville, VA (about a 2 hour drive from where I lived at the time) to see the band play. After the show I’d grab a room in the hotel where the band stayed and catch some sleep. The next day, after breakfast, we’d drive out to where ever the next show was. Sometimes it was a short skip over to Harrisonburg, VA. Sometimes it was a haul down to Greenville or Boone down in NC. After that show it was back to some hotel or a meeting with some friend’s floor and a little more sleep. In the morning I’d make the long trek back home alone so that I could be at work bright and early on Monday morning. I loved it.

The Recipe were also the last band associated with the jamband scene that I cared about. I say that I left the scene in Sept of ’01, because that’s the last time I saw The Recipe. Truth be told, I left the scene a long time before that.

Needless to say, I wasn’t completely sure how the night would go. In the end though, my only real complaint is that I’m not as young as I used to be. I was tired as hell from dancing by the end of the first set. Halfway through the second I had no more energy, but I pushed through. I got home and considered writing a review. Instead I popped a bunch of Tylenol and went to bed.

With that wonderful night behind me I’ve been strategizing on how exactly I can reintroduce myself to the jamband scene. Familiarize myself with the new bands, but also process through all the baggage that accumulated over the last 5+ years. I’m still working on that piece (while I’ve been writing this, I’ve grabbed four shows off The Live Music Archive to check out. Three of the bands are groups I’ve never heard before. The fourth was an old Day By The River set that I felt compelled to download when I realized I didn’t have any live DBR shows. They were such a great band.

Anyways… While I do this I’ve decided to broaden the scope a bit here as far as what I talk about. The primary focus will still be music. Though, I may also throw out comments about other things that are striking my fancy; books, comics, manga, anime, what have you. I promise no politics, just geeky stuff.

So, that was the point of this long winded post. That little four sentence paragraph.

Written by Matt

July 3rd, 2007 at 9:48 pm

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