In which I tell myself to write more about music.

And here we have evidence of how often
I forget to post from the correct Twitter account.
Also, of not proofreading.

While I was at Thursday night’s Current Public Music Meeting, I was thinking about how I’ve become quite immersed in the local music scene. And yet, it has happened kind of by accident.

I’ve always loved music and it’s always had an important role in my life, but I don’t spend a lot of time analyzing it. It’s something I experience and enjoy, but I’m not confident enough to share my opinions. My personal music tastes have always been varied, and occasionally embarrassing. My love for the early seasons of Glee has earned me much teasing from friends. Musical theater outbursts are a part of my everyday life. And I am more likely to recognize a classical composer than a modern singer.

Then, about three years ago, I met two people would become close friends. These two were avid concert goers, knew local music writers and photographers, and seemed to run into local musicians all around town. As our friendship grew, concerts started to play a larger role in my life. I started to go from someone who was a bit intimidated by First Ave to someone who was standing in the front line (stage right, always) of even a sold out show. I started to incorporate more music into my life because I found ways to do so without spending a fortune. (When you only focus on big seated shows, the cost is very different.)

The point I’m trying to make (poorly) is that I’m not qualified to talk about music. And yet, music plays a huge role in why and how I love MSP. Sometime last night, probably between Dessa doing No Doubt karaoke (and talking about how much harder it was than just performing) and the epic Bangarang karaoke, I had an idea. I will keep better track of the concerts I attend this year, and I will write more about them. But here’s the deal, I’m going to start with some pre-concert “preconceived notions.” With minimal research, I will write what I know about the act and what I’m expecting/hoping to see. Then I’ll follow up to see if my opinions have changed. I may do something similar with other events and outings throughout the year.

That’s my plan and I’m sticking to it. Or at least, I hope so.

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