If you think it’s a cop-out to just re-post favorite blogs for the first twelve days of April, I beg your patience. It’s giving new readers a chance to catch up. It’s giving me a great opportunity to reflect on Gigspots’ progress and my writing as a whole. Let me act proud while humbly thanking the bands, venues and personalities who have allowed me to write about them. I’m learning and I love learning!
Besides my own blog, I’ve found some opportunities to write professionally since I started Gigspots. I’m especially proud of a follow-up piece on Lancaster Roots and Blues I wrote for the March edition of Regional Musician magazine. I like their motto: “Right-brain info for the left-brain artists.” Once a teacher, always a teacher I guess. Here’s this link to “The Road to Roots and Blues.”
I contribute fairly regularly to FigLancaster.com and find it exhilarating to be part of such a beautiful publication. It gives me a great excuse to gush about Lancaster’s music scene. Here’s a sample: follow this link to see my December post. I have to say I was pretty thrilled to be a contributor to Fig Lancaster’s first Music Issue and be in print. I got “…five copies for my mother.”
The folks at TriStateIndie.com have become mentors and trusted friends since I started Gigspots. Contributing for them is fun and gives me a chance to do some different types of writing. It was really cool when they published my album review for SEEDS’ Questioned By a Ghost. I’m not sure if it’s related, but I receive music to review and invitations to shows regularly now. I also write liner notes and bios for bands.
I wrote a ton for Lancaster Roots and Blues: press releases, sales pitches, website content, program notes, you name it. I’ll be doing it again for 2015 so please give me some feedback if you’re in that audience. It’s a primary way that I can work to assure your experience is the best it can be.