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Thursday, 1 January 2015

Five Years


Good morning- how's your head?

I started this blog five years ago today, January 1st 2010. At that point I didn't know if I had enough to last five weeks or five months, never mind five years. So it is some kind of achievement to still be here five years later, still typing, posting daily. I think it is a bit repetitive sometimes- a round and round blur of Andrew Weatherall, The Clash, certain other serial offenders, and more rockabilly than you can shake a stick at. There are other quicker, easier, more instant ways to do this kind of thing now than via a blog- Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and no doubt other platforms I don't even know about. Blogging seems a bit old fashioned. But it's the writing, the selection of images, the connections to the music, the importance of music, that keeps me doing it. Well, that and the connections I've made. And actually, they're the main thing- the contact, comments, conversations and friends I've made through doing this. Many thanks to all of you who take the time to drop in and make this a two-way, interactive thing. Really, thank you.

Every time I think I've run out of stuff, that I've got nothing else to say, something pops up and suggests itself, so I've got no intention of stopping now, despite being tempted a couple of times. Let's see how much further I can wring this cloth dry. My first ever post was Fowler's End by The Black Balloons, an obscure Andrew Weatherall track. If I remember correctly, I couldn't even get the link to the file to embed. 2015 is kicking off with the opening song off Ziggy Stardust And the Spiders From Mars- one of his best, from the drum intro to the astounding vocal.

Off we go.

Happy new year.

Five Years

19 comments:

charity chic said...

You have summed up nicely why we blog SA
Congrats. On the first 5 years and here's to the next 5.If I ever reach that milestone I'll be digging out this tune.
Great stuff

acidted said...

Congratulations for 5 glorious years. This is a great blog. I, for one, love the Weatherall posts

Scott said...

Here's to another 5 years SA. Congrats on the first 5 years of one of the best blogs around.

Anonymous said...

Well done SA.

happy new year and all the best to you and yours in 2015

drew said...

That anonymous was me

The Swede said...

Nicely put SA and congrats on your first 5 years. Here's to the next 5...and beyond!

Erik Bartlam said...

One more reason to celebrate today.

As for my head...it's caved.

Craig said...

Here's to the next 5. Keep wringing your cloth dry!

All the best,
Craig

C said...

Five years and so many posts - no mean feat - plus a perfect tune. Congrats and here's to the next five!

Luca said...

Congratulations and thanks for all the great music. Have a great new year!

Brian said...

Congratulations and best wishes, SA. I appreciate the care you put into Bagging Area... and what a fine song today. Takes me back to one of my first records. Have a great 2015.

Echorich said...

SA, Bagging Area helps to keep me engaged on a pretty daily basis. Blogging and commenting is the digital age's best form of conversation - no limits on characters or video lengths.
Thanks for all you've done on BA this year and here's to a wonderful 2015!
Song I started the New Year with is the last song on Stephen Emmer's International Blue - Glenn Gregory singing In The Mirror Reflected.

Simon said...

Happy new year sir to you and yours. Glad you're still at it.

Swiss Adam said...

Thank you everyone, you're too kind.

hterepka said...

Happy new years! Came for the Weatherall, stayed because it's a really great blog with a wonderful, worldly voice. Here's to a great 2015!

niv said...

love the blog, love the Weatherall - keep up the great work!

Jez said...

Many thanks, I've discovered new music, enjoyed old ones. Great blogging! Cheers

londonlee said...

What you said.

Dirk said...

Belated, I know, but either way: all the very best, my friend! B.A. has always been an inspiration to me and I hope this continues for at least another 5 years!