Writing something twice is a pain, but that's life in the e-lane: I lost the post I wrote a couple of hours ago - thanks, blogger!
So, somewhat shorter, this post is to advise you, if you're interested, that I have ANOTHER blog, called Noisy Artifacts. Unlike Blogging the Grid, Noisy Artifacts isn't limited to the Grid. Instead, it is limited to music.
Music. That's what got me started writing, and I'm told by a number of people that it's still what they most enjoy me writing about. It's been 13 years since I quit being The Bee's first pop music critic, and I have to admit that I don't keep up the way I used to. And I couldn't care less about many of the acts coming along these days. For many, I've heard it already. Others are too...whatever. And there are just too damned many of them. Russ Solomon recently told me that there were 75,000 discrete albums released last year - I remember when there were about 3,000, and I could barely keep up THEN.
But when I find something I love, I still LOVE it, and I still want to know about it, and I still want to share it. Recent examples: the Robert Plant/Alison Krauss CD, "Raising Sand"; The Shins' "Wincing the Night Away," The Arcade Fire's "Neon Bible," LCD Soundsystem's "Sound of Silver," the Mother Hips' "Kiss the Crystal Flake," as well as singles by M.I.A. and Mickey Avalon and...well, you get the picture. Like most everyone now, I have given up trying to be definitive and inclusive, and just try to find what I might enjoy. It works. And when it works, I want to share it.
I also continue to read up on acts that long ago folded, or even died, or have arisen, Phoenix-like - Led Zeppelin being the most prominent one. I love the history, even though I forget a lot of it, and some of it has been retold to the point of utter meaninglessness. Above all, I want to communicate with people who still care - because there are a lot of us out there, and we're just as passionate as ever.
So please check it out, if you are one of us. I just started it a few days ago, and I'm going to revamp the whole thing when I have a chance, and get it the hell off of blogger. But in the meantime, this is my new blog. I hope you enjoy it.