Farewell Post: the end is the beginning

This semester at Rowan has drawn to a close, and so the impetus for the creation of this blog is also over.  This blog was for my Online Journalism class at Rowan, and it’s been a huge learning experience for me.  It’s important to note that although this blog was for class, I never looked at it that way.  I looked at the class as the reason to finally do something I had wanted to do for years: write about music.  I never imagined the success I would have with this blog when I first started.  I expected to be shot down or ignored by the bands I wanted to talk to.  That happened sometimes, but I had far more success than I imagined.  I expected to have to resort to writing about about bands I didn’t actually like or care about.  That didn’t happen at all.  I’ve genuinely enjoyed everything I’ve done for this.  Everything I’ve written here has been honest and true.  I don’t mind that focusing on only bands I actually like makes the blog less accessible to the public. When I get beyond the realm of things I want to write about, I don’t write as well.  I’ve learned a lot about myself as a writer form this blog.

That being said, this isn’t the end of this blog by any stretch.  I’ve enjoyed it so much, I can’t imagine just stopping like that.  If anything, now I’ll have even more freedom with the blog–no deadlines, no specific assignments.  I’m going to continue to review every show I go to, and take as many pictures and videos as I possibly can.  I’m going to keep writing about bands I love, and bands I think are worth listening to.  As long as bands are willing to talk to me, I’m going to keep doing interviews, Q&As, and maybe even some new features with bands.  My next post will most likely be my top albums of 2011.

And now, the part where this becomes an awards show speech: I would like to thank each and everyone of you, my readers, whether you’re friends, family, acquaintances, or strangers.  Thanks for reading, thanks for commenting, thanks for sharing.  I’d also like to thank the bands I’ve written about for producing awesome music–I wouldn’t be writing this if it weren’t for your music and the inspiration it gives me.  Specifically, thank you to Michael Martens of O’Brother, Kevin Devine, Johnny Mick, and Christain Bitto for talking with me about their music and music in general for this blog.  Also thanks to Sibyl Kemp, Matt Hovern, Kimberly Southwick, Debbie Stevenson, and Eugene Kim of Invisible Children for talking to me and giving me some other perspectives.  Thank you to my friends for going to shows with me and putting up with me taking pictures and talking about my blog all the time.

Whether you’re an old or new reader, here are my five favorite posts.  I think they demonstrate my best work, and were all important to me for various other reasons.

1. Neutral Milk Hotel’s Jeff Mangum: Indie Rock Legend Returns

2. Q&A with Michael Martens, drummer or O’Brother

3. Kevin Devine and the Goddamn Band put on a damn good show at the North Star Bar

4. Frank Turner proves that rock and roll really can save us all

5. My first living room show with David Bazan

 

Thank you for reading, and keep reading!

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About kategasch

I'm an English Major and Journalism Minor at Rowan University. From that you can probably deduce that I love literature and writing, which is absolutely true. I'm passionate about a lot of things, but I think my biggest passion is music. Since I was about 12 or 13, music has been a huge part of my life. I started going to shows when I was around 14 and in the 7 years since then, I've been to more shows than I can recall, at least without the help of my ticket stub diary. I generally don't go to a lot of big shows. I prefer intimate venues--venues so small that the bands have to walk past you to get off and on the stage. Bars and basements where sometimes, if you're lucky, those 200 other people love the band just as much as you do and fill the room with energy that can't be replicated. View all posts by kategasch

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