Saturday, March 12, 2011

TD vs. BL Blog Update


I started this blog back in college. The whole point of it was to post giveaway alerts for Moody Campus Radio listeners. If you check 2006 on the archive sidebar, you'll see I was giving away tickets to Eisley and Anathallo. I was a proud station manager back then, but I don't know if the station even exists anymore in 2011...

My point being, I started this blog because of music. But for a few years, it was dormant. After I graduated and got jobs here and there at radio stations and magazines, I forgot that this blog even existed.

Two years ago I lost my job as an editor, and this really shook me up pretty bad. I had no idea what to do, I felt like my whole career in music journalism was over. So I emailed Greg Kot to ask his advice. Why Greg Kot, of all people? Greg was very encouraging to me when I was an intern at Sound Opinions. I'll never forget one day he told me, "a lot of people think they have what it takes, but they have no idea. But you do have what it takes. So just keep working at it." But after I got fired, I just wasn't sure anymore. All I knew was that I loved music, and I wanted to keep writing. So Greg gave the obvious suggestion: "write." He told me to write every day, in a blog. So I resurrected TDvsBL, and went to work.

I probably wrote every single day for one year straight, but about topics ranging anywhere from music to film, theology, humor, fiction and sports. TD vs. BL was one of those "bad blogs" that was just too much everything at once. I don't regret it though, because I had to explore my range, and this blog allowed it. Creatively, I wasn't ready to focus on just one topic. I was all over the place, and there was no stopping me. But after a while the blog naturally found its way.

For a few months now, there hasn't really been anything on TDvsBL other than music related articles. I post all of my CHIRP playlists here, my DJ playlists, my HEAVE concert reviews, my Jettison interviews, etc..

So now I'm just going to declare what has been in place for a while now--Total Darkness vs. Blinding Light is officially a music blog.

This doesn't mean that I'll stop writing about movies or religion, I just don't want it here anymore. I have a wordpress that collects some of my other writing, and I'll continue to post my publications with Curator, Burnside, Killing the Buddha (and whoever else publishes me) at that site. Thank you for reading, I hope this didn't come as bad news to anyone.

But now that I have your attention, check out the new Kurt Vile album, Smoke Ring For My Halo. One of the best releases of the year so far. The dude is great in War on Drugs, but this latest might be his best work to date.

(don't you just love music?)

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