Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Meanderings

 So far this week, I've had quite a few brutal days. I've had some time to think about the blog, though, and I need some advice from all of you.

 At my current pace, I will be done posting all the albums that I think need to be posted in about four months.   These would be the albums that I feel need to be compiled with all the extra tracks and remixes, and also the albums that I do like. I know that there are plenty of albums out there I could still post, but either I don't like them, or they don't have any additional b-sides or remixes, or all of the additional material has already been released with the albums already.

 I could post all the albums that I still like, but don't have the B sides or additional material, or the material has already all been released.  But then, there would be no point in remaking covers for them which is what I like to do the most with these posts. Without the new covers, and the commentary, there really is no point and the blog becomes just like every other blog out there.

 I have thought about changing the genre of the blog to something like jazz or hard rock or surf music or oldies, but I think I would lose the good part of my audience by doing that.

 That being said, I do have some questions.

How many of you would be apt to leave if I changed the genre of the blog?

 Would it still be interesting or entertaining, if I simply made new covers for existing albums?

 Do any of you have any ideas of what would make interesting subjects for the blog?

 I know that there are number of you out there who would like me to do other albums by artists that I am either not familiar with, or simply don't like. Should I continue posting albums even by groups or artists that I really don't like? What is the point of that? If I don't like some of the music, then how can I comment on it or expect anyone else to like it?

 mind you, we still have a lot of great material to get to. I still have a lot of exciting posts left and I am thrilled to continue this work. It's just that at the pace I'm going, it will all be short-lived.

These are just a few of the thoughts I've had it running in my mind the last couple of weeks.  I really look forward to any advice that you can give me...

9 comments:

  1. The one thing I have to say on this is... don't just keep going with music you don't like. You'd get bored with it and start to resent it or feel like it's a chore. this is supposed to be something fun and exciting for you to do. If you can't get excited about the music you are presenting... how can we?
    Thanks for all the wonderful music you've posted so far. You are one of my first stops to see what you have done. (yeah, I'm sort of going through withdrawal this week)

    puffinrandy

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  2. Hello Kid,
    I am very fond of your blog, since (almost) every time you publish a new record, it's like if you were going through my own records collection, cause I have and cherish almost them all.
    That being said, you should publish WATHEVER you may want to publish. If it's good music and you like it, the rest of us out there will follow. Good music is good music. Bad music ain't. It's that simple. Techno, pop, house, synth, dark, new wave, surf, there is good and bad in every style and in every decade.
    I have an extra sugestion for you: what about some of us followers contributing with the rare, mixes or b-sides you do not have? That way you could still publish your great creations.
    Just a thought...
    Thank you for all the great effort you put in here. I really appreciate it.

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  3. "At my current pace, I will be done posting all the albums that I think need to be posted in about four months.   These would be the albums that I feel need to be compiled with all the extra tracks and remixes, and also the albums that I do like."


    I say do the 4 months, and take it from there. Blogs can't last forever without changing when they get stale or run out of faves to assemble and post. All I can say is I love what you're doing now, I check your blog every day!
    You have a way with words so I think you'll do fine with whatever subject/format your blog morphs into as long as your heart's in it.

    Thanks again - John

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  4. I'd still follow the blog no matter what you posted! But honestly, I think you should just post the music that you enjoy. It doesn't matter if there's extra material of b-sides or remixes or whatever. Remember, there are people out there who haven't heard the original albums, and even if you don't include a lot of extras, some things may be new to them. I say just post what you want to post, and don't worry about adding a lot of stuff to it. There's a marvelous satisfaction in finding out that you've gotten someone into music that they might not otherwise have heard -- and it's also a really good feeling just to share the music you love with others. I say, do just that, for as long as you enjoy doing it!

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  5. Post only what you like, do not worry about your visitors/followers, you may lose some but will probably gain others .

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  6. Do what you enjoy doing - otherwise there's no point! Of course, you don't have to post [near] daily so that could draw the pleasure out for longer. I also enjoy your commentary about what albums etc. mean to you, so if you switched so posting music you wouldn't normally listen to then that discussion will be rather minimal and pointless....

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  7. -= Martin L. Gore =-September 14, 2016 at 6:43 AM

    You know we love this format and will follow any changes you deem necessary in the future! I personally think you should keep it going. I think you found an interesting niche in the blogosphere by offering alternate takes on the albums, that we could otherwise easily buy in the format they come in. So far, there has been hardly any album on here that I didn't already have, but still downloaded, just because of your expansion and your awesome covers!!!

    So, to answer your questions constructively:

    How many of you would be apt to leave if I changed the genre of the blog?
    - Not a big jazz fan, but it would be very cool if you included some metal/punk/industrial releases, mainly because those genres are known to feature A LOT OF extra material on B-sides, rather than just remixes. Especially Metal and Punk bands almost ALWAYS have exclusive material and cover versions included on their singles. Take Metallica for example. They were smart to release the GARAGE collection with all their B-sides, but they could have just as easily re-released all their albums as 2xCDs with all the b-sides.

    Would it still be interesting or entertaining, if I simply made new covers for existing albums?
    - sure! Your covers are great!

    Do any of you have any ideas of what would make interesting subjects for the blog?
    - We discussed this before: Make compilations based on side projects or writing credits for the likes of Trevor Horn, Prince, Phil Collins, Martin L. Gore, Vince Clarke, etc. Basically a BEST OF for each of those artists, not necessarily including their own recordings: Trevor Horn (Buggles, Yes, FGTH, Grace Jones, Propaganda ...), Prince (Bangles, Sinead, Martika, Apollonia ...), Vince Clarke (Depeche, Erasure, Assembly, Yazoo ...), or in the case of Martin Gore, all the tracks, where he sang, as well as his collaborations and solo efforts ...

    - Create YOUR versions of BEST OF compilations for your favorite artists, not solely focused on their hits, but also rarities or outstanding album tracks

    - Create TRIBUTES to your favorite artists in the form of cover versions by other artists

    - Create B-sides and rarities only compilations for your favorite artists, independent of each album ... AMAZING what kind of stuff you find sometimes

    - My alltime favorite: "THIS IS NOT ..." : a compilation of artists that were obviously influenced by another group, e.g. "This is not Depeche Mode" would contain Camouflage, De/Vision, Children Within, etc.

    I hope these ideas help. I think you would do a phenomenal job at those, since you wouldn't just throw them together, but actually create covers, etc. So, while it may take a while to put them together, I think everyone would enjoy them quite a bit.

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  8. Are you in to make money or share your passion? I would guess the later in which case you must have feeling for the music you post so yeah gotta keep on down the music \ artist you like road. It"s always nice to have bloggers that post frequently so I'd keep up the same rhythm and see what you feel like in four months, maybe you'll be burnt out or have thought of another avenue to pursue. I appreciate what hard work it is keeping up a good blog a I ran a reasonably popular music blog, Sound of the Suburbs, for a few years, posting 6 times a week, until I ran out of time. Either way better to burn out than fade away. I'm sure you"all make the right choice and whatever I"all keep coming back.

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  9. As said many times above it's more about your personal choice. I always enjoy the posts that I wasn't expecting most as there is the chance that it introduces something new to me.
    I really enjoy your blog and the tracks you upload, hopefully that will continue for a while irrespective on the genre you add, maybe mixing different genres up from one post to the next would help and on a less than daily basis.

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