Given that the majority of my time online is spent using things like Twitter and Facebook, I wonder if the days of blogging like this haven’t had their day?
For example, I tweet something or post to Facebook and there’s often an instant reaction from people and sometimes a dialogue, or a discussion. Bad news for productivity but good news for that sense of connection and immediateness.
By comparison blogging like this feels arcanely solitary somehow.
Of course the context is that this blog has fallen out of date and has been cruelly neglected partly by the sheer volume of work coming across the desk, and partly by inclination. The thought of having to fill up the missing dates feels like an unnecessary chore.
That said I know people still read these pages. Even when I’ve not posted anything for a long time there’s a couple of hundred folks stop by every day to take a peek.
So although the person to person connection may not be as instant as the exchanges on Twitter and Facebook, the fact that there’s some degree of interaction still happening should be reason enough to continue.
Perhaps I’m getting a bit long in the tooth for all this, like Ginger Bob...
In the post today...
A bumper Progular package hit the mat today. That said, the two I did sleeve notes for don't really have anything to do with prog rock. Ear of The Beholder by Lol Coxhill is a quirky collection that mixes jazz, vaudeville songs and avant-garde, whilst Nurses Song With Elephants by David Bedford is really a sampler of what was going on in contemporary classical music in the UK at the end of the 60s.
Radically different from each other in terms of style and content, they both share an expansive open-mindedness that characterises the music scene of the time containing some period-piece gems. Both were originally released on John Peel's Dandelion label, commissioned by the venerable DJ, who put them out without a care for any commercial considerations.
Music for music's sake - those were the days!