Musical notes and quotes
December 18, 2013 —
It’s that time of year again, when snow days crop up from time to time, which in turn, gives me a little extra time. Never at a loss, the desire to shovel is pretty low on my list, but there’s plenty to do around the house and my desk is piled with work that I’ve put off for months, waiting for an opportunity such as this. I have a desk at The River Reporter’s office as well, and once in a while I even get mail. Ripping into an envelope the other day, I scanned the note inside: “Hi, Jonathan,” it read. “Enclosed, please find my latest CD. I’d love to hear your ‘humble opinion’ on my music… Maybe I could use a quote on my next release? Yours truly, (insert musician here).”
Truth be told, I’ve been quoted once or twice in what is commonly called the “liner notes” of an album. My online dictionary describes these notes as “containing a mix of factual and anecdotal material of the artist, and on occasion, thoughtful essays on the artist by another party, often a journalist—a custom which has largely died out.” Although it’s fun to see my name in the liner notes, I’ve noticed that only the positive reviews seem to make it to print. Makes sense, right? Of course it does, and at the end of the day, what do I know anyway? Nothin’. Elvis Presley once said it best: “I don’t know anything about music. In my line, you don’t have to.” With that in mind, and a heap of CD’s awaiting my review, I popped a few in and sat back, prepared for the best, bracing for the worst. With a few days left to fill a Christmas stocking, there’s still time to give the gift of music.