Be born again my friend
Angular Banjos has been dormant for quite some time. The last post was 5 years ago if you can believe that. I remember many times having things I wanted to talk about, seemingly good ideas for posts, but then thinking, “I don’t really have time to do it justice.” I think in reality I just tried too hard. The perfect is the enemy of the good. I’ve taken down and safely archived the old material, and I may resurrect or repurpose some of it in the future, but for now, I want to start fresh — to reanimate. I hope to be more relaxed, less rigid this time around, and maybe, as a result, to post more frequently. Angular Banjos was intended to be a blog about music and the technology surrounding it. By and large, this will remain the case, but in the spirit of less rigidity, I may stray from from these topics occasionally.
So much has transpired since my last post 5 years ago. Sadly, we have lost some great talent, giants even: David Bowie, B.B. King, Levon Helm, Glenn Frey, Ornette Coleman, Rudy Van Gelder, Maurice White, Robin Gibb, Leon Russell, Chuck Berry, Prince, Merle Haggard, Leonard Cohen, and just a few days ago, Chris Cornell. A lot can happen in 5 years. But all is not gloom and doom. New talent has emerged, new music from old friends, some great concerts. I discovered Alabama Shakes! Chrissie teamed with Björn Yttling and then with Dan Auerbach. New Pete Yorn, Mark Knopfler, Randall Bramblett. New jazz from Chris Potter, Catherine Russell, Snarky Puppy. Donald released Sunken Condos! I attended my first Chris Potter Underground show, my first Pretenders show. Apple Music was born. Music Midtown, firmly reborn. Lots to discuss. The stranger has signed in.