Okay, so once again I've broken The Golden Rule of Blogging by failing to come up with regular fresh content. Not even a short post or two to keep things ticking over. No surprise then, that page hits and views have fallen right away. It's the way things go when you've lost your blogging mojo – or to put it another way, when you've been unrepentantly lazy.
Only that's probably not true. Lazy is such a cruel and
unforgiving word ;-)
It's actually been somewhat chaotic up here on the top
floor of everythingsgonegreen towers in recent weeks, and for one reason or
another, I just haven't been able to post very much. There was a rather
pressing deadline to meet with the day-job, there’s been a lot of
family-related travel, and a whole raft of other real life matters to contend
I have actually been writing – there’s a feature and two
album reviews in the latest issue of NZ Musician, and I’ve just completed a
major project on early Nineties Wellington band Emulsifier, which involved a
lot of research, and I plan to submit that work for publication on
AudioCulture. I’ve also got a couple of other little AudioCulture fires on the
backburner, which I hope to get back to eventually.
But mostly I’ve been going out and enjoying life, rather
than sitting in front of the PC. Not just in terms of emerging from the
obligatory winter hibernation, with summer just around the corner, but also in
terms of trying to achieve that much coveted work/life balance thing that all
the experts tell us is one of the keys to happiness in life (ya what? - Ed).
In terms of music and nights out (my default discretionary
leisure time activities), I’ve been learning to go out and enjoy gigs sober
(gasp); something I would not have dared to imagine five years ago, and in
fact, something I would not have thought possible, even as recently as two
Last Saturday I attended Bodega’s celebration of all things
UK ’79 – with cover bands Splintered In Her Head (who had an old friend of mine
making his debut on drums), Wazzo Clash, and Permanence, each giving us their
own take on tunes from The Cure, The Clash, and Joy Division respectively. I
had one beer the entire night, and while I might not have been the life of the
party exactly, I still caught up with a number of old friends, and felt all
that much better (for my sobriety) the following morning. I mean, who knew it
could be that easy?
I’ve also been getting to wear my “proud Dad” hat quite a
bit over the past few weeks – as we approach the end of the 2015 academic/school
year. My eldest daughter has just graduated high school (year 13, or 7th
form, as my generation knew it) as the recipient of her college’s major music
prize, The Kapiti Cup, for her “outstanding contribution to music composition”.
Next year she’ll attend Victoria University in Wellington, to commence a
Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Psychology and Music Composition. Meanwhile my
youngest daughter completed her year (year 11) with a first place in Dance, and
a second successive (invite-only) appearance at “the Nationals” (a workshop/dance
scholarship awards weekend). To say I’m proud of their achievements in the arts
is something of an understatement.
So blogging has tended to take a back seat for a while, and
everythingsgonegreen has been rather neglected. I suppose if I’m being truthful,
it could have been a lot worse. At one point a month or so ago, I seriously
considered taking the blog offline altogether. I felt like taking a long break
from all forms of social media, but worried about losing momentum – or whatever
little blogging momentum I had! … while in terms of my other vices, Facebook
and Twitter, well, let’s just say my “fear of missing out” got the better of me
So here I am. Feeling refreshed and ready to resume
semi-regular posts again. I think. Partly motivated (possibly only temporarily
motivated) by some unexpected positive feedback I received last week, when a
complete stranger contacted me via email to say how much she enjoyed a blogpost
I originally wrote some three years ago. It was one of those self-indulgent
grassroots scene/nostalgia-type posts I enjoy writing so much, one where I was
really just documenting something low key and niche, mainly for my own benefit.
Which made the feedback all the more surprising (and special). It was exactly
the positive reinforcement I needed at a time when I’d all but given up on the
idea that my writing was actually reaching anybody.
Sometimes it's just the little things. Yes, it’s true that
I write this stuff for me, as a form of catharsis in many cases (like this
post), but it’s always good to know that others are getting something from it
as well. So thanks Melody, you rock!
Right, back to the music …
Over the coming weeks – as a lead up to the end of the
year, when everythingsgonegreen will highlight its “albums of 2015” – I plan to
post some clips, a dozen or so, of the biggest or most-listened-to tunes of my
year. The songs that meant the most to me over the calendar year. Songs that
helped shape my year. An annual “festive dozen”, if you will. I’ll try to mix
things up a little with that, to cover off the various genres I enjoy.
See you again soon (but no promises!) …