One of the reasons that I started this blog, despite obviously loving the written word, was the far less noble pursuit of earning a living. The music business, tougher than ever, had me casting about for an alternative income stream. Luckily, I am one of those musicians that earns almost enough to survive on. Thankfully, enough of you have also tuned in that I am getting close to generating some revenue from my work here. In order to do this I have to make some structural changes. When I started this blog I didn’t know that it was much easier to earn through wordpress.org than it is through wordpress.com. In fact I knew nothing about the technical and structural side of blogging. I just followed all of the advice columns that said I should write as much as possible if I wanted to get traffic to my site.
So I am currently transferring this blog over to wordpress.org and making some much needed changes to the overall structure as well. I have no idea how long this will take me. I am hoping it is a seamless transition, but I have no idea what I’m in for. The process has already begun. If you notice any hiccups, that is the reason behind it.
Although there may be changes to the structure and look of this blog, I plan to keep writing in the same style that I always do. I have an uneasy relationship with advertising. While I acknowledge its place in the modern world, so much of modern advertising makes me ill. I am hoping that my own compass, and the fact that I predominately earn my living as a musician, will keep me honest. No one wants to buy the records of a sellout with nothing to say, or at least I don’t. (Come to think about it, a lot of people want to buy records by musicians that are sellouts with nothing to say! Fuck!!!)
I do believe that musicians, artists, writers, should earn a living from their work. This whole streaming thing troubles me, because it does not yet seem that it pays anyone anything that they can survive on. But hey, y’all got a blog out of it. I might not have ever started this blog had the economics of the music business been different. I really enjoy working on this though. Even if the economics changed, I don’t think I would stop now, for any reason. There is a lot more I want to add about how economics, and people’s support for the arts, directly effects the kind of art that we see. I am late to start packing for tour right now and that will have to wait for a later date.
I just got a copy of the new Shinyribs record that I play bass on. Mr. Russell even gracefully allowed me to coauthor one song, which I am extremely excited about. The record, which has long been in the works for sometime, should be out soon. As soon as I have a finite date, I will make it known. The Ted Hawkins tribute record I played on, that I have previously mentioned, is supposed to be out later this year.
I also hope to record a solo record this year. I don’t like New Year’s resolutions. A February declaration seems fitting somehow, as February seems like no one’s idea of a time to begin anew. Why can’t it be? My goal by the end of the year is to have three records in various stages of completion and to have this blog newly formatted and running clean.
Anyway, I’m off to Louisiana for a tour, as soon as I can stuff enough random things in a suitcase to feel like I tried. Over and out…