12-Dec-2016 (Mon)
Wherein I ponder music journalism that might have been.

When I started this blog back in 2000, it wasn't necessarily my intention that mine would be the only voice here, though that's how it turned out. I had always thought that something that would be really cool would be for this blog to have an interview with every band who ever played here. After all, they're in the building: we've got access. But I'm not a music journalist or a reporter. It's not my strong suit. I had hoped that somehow, magically, I would run into the person who had a fire in their belly to do this: someone whose first two Dream Jeopardy Categories are "writing" and "musicians". Someone who would be excited by the proposal of: you want to write about music, and I can put you in a room with all the music. Done.

I've never met that person, so that never happened.

We've had over six thousand different bands and headliner-level DJs since then, so that would have been a hell of a thing.

6 Responses:

  1. Jered says:

    Access is one thing; money is another. Would they get a paycheck, even a meager one? Most of my music journalism friends are more starving than the musicians.

    It's a tough business. You're not going to run banner ads on your blog (I hope) and even the best journalism probably won't bring in enough to justify a full-time position. Life in SF kinda sucks unless you're a software engineer.

    • jwz says:

      I promise you, we have never even approached the "fuck you pay me" conversation. There has been no conversation, period.

  2. I have this same conversation with myself when I wish I had written a daily paragraph summarizing the previous 24 hours.

  3. Kristen says:

    Man...If I had known about you back in 2006 when I graduated college, I would have written for you. Music journalism was my major/minor/passion. Still kinda is, but more in a "absorb all the things because I like learning and knowledge," since my career is now circus artist.

    Wacky switch, right.

  4. Kristen says:

    Man...If I had known about you back in 2006 when I graduated college, I would have written for you. Music journalism was my major/minor/passion. Still kinda is, but more in a "absorb all the things because I like learning and knowledge," since my career is now circus artist.

    Wacky switch, right. I'd would gladly do both, if it is feasible to jump ship to SF.

  5. Well, this seemed an noteworthily dissonant entry for this blog… but at the time I didn’t make much of it beyond noticing. Now I feel stupid that I didn’t immediately see it coming.

    Hell of a thing.