After a few years of reading DJ /rupture's blog, quite a while reading that of ethnomusicologist Wayne and Wax, and the recent discovery of a couple more, I am seriously wondering whether I should revisit music writing.
Actually, that's not exactly true. For some time I have been "planning" (yeah, right) a return to the short stint of music reviewing I did a few years ago for the now-defunct I See Sound. Lately, though, the Rogue's Foam blog post "Loving Wonky", which took an academic look at the form (and to some extent, function) of the relatively recent genre Wonky, a genre that I have stumbled into with my typical half-assed obsessiveness. This kind of academic look at music, which I also experienced last year with Paul Hegarty's excellent Noise/Music: A History, is something that I love to read but, frankly, I am not quite equipped to fully absorb.
The thing is, though, to get that kind of syntactic technical facility, I think I'd have to devote a lot more time to reading reading reading, which, with my current sleep schedule, would likely force out a lot of the tv & movie watching that I am doing. I'm ok with that, though I do wonder whether I should just go back to school, so that the 40 hours a week that I sell to The Man could be *a part* of my obsession with music, and not *at odds* with it.
Though academic-style writing is not something I'd be able to pull off convincingly at the moment, by no means does that mean I can't write. I'm out of practice, for sure, but I can get back whatever skill set I had -- I'm just going to have to woodshed, as we guitar players sometimes say. WRITE, and write a lot.
So, here we go. Let's see how long this lasts. ;)