Do Good Work #
By chance I met Cale Glendening at a coffee shop in Nashville, TN. I didn’t know if it was him, so I @mentioned him on Twitter, asking if it was him. He replied, “come give me a hug.”
In following Cale for awhile now, I see his hard work. It shows. Always on the move, capturing and creating. He eventually told me of a project he’s working on now, for himself. His project. His vision.
Many years of working on other people’s projects, and their visions. Now he’s talking about his project. MORE
I Moved #
I felt scared enough to leave the table.
Having already seen a man surrounded by eight police officers and removed from the Atlanta, GA Greyhound Bus Station, I was already on edge.
Plain-clothes officers seemed to be searching and questioning every other minority they saw. The Greyhound Security confiscated someones knife. MORE
I Live Where I Am #
“Where do you live?”
“Today, right here.”
Recently, when talking with a handful of people that I meet through friends, this is usually how things start off. We’re introduced and I’m asked where I live.
It’s an honest question; if I’m traveling, and staying with friends, well, I must live somewhere, right? An honest question deserves and honest answer, and today, I live where I am.
Copy and Paste #
There’s no risk in copy and paste. You can’t get a story wrong when you copy and paste from a press release. And you KNOW people will consume it. No risk, all reward.
The problem now? When a press release goes out, it’s “picked up” by all the music blogs, and shows up in a Twitter feed, from all those blogs, all with links to the same story. “So and so tour dates… so and so tour dates… so and so tour dates…” That’s NOISE. Static.
Just as web users have tuned out ads, social media users are going to start tuning out those HEADLINE – LINKS from those media outlets. I know I have – I’ve stopped following all the music blogs. They’re getting just as bad on Twitter as they are on the web.
You Can’t Kill Us All #
As the guy tasked to “start a metal blog” for AOL Music back in late 2008, I’m bummed by the recent news that Noisecreep (and all of AOL Music) is shutting down.
Bummed for the writers whose years of work will disappear.
Bummed for everyone who lost their jobs.
Bummed for my label and PR friends who lost yet another media outlet.
Bummed for the hardworking bands who have one less place to share their art. MORE