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Saturday, April 02, 2005
 

Evolution

Journey: Evolution (1979)


Some of the longer-term visitors to Freeway Jam may have noticed the cryptic notes preceding the two most recent entries. Here's the plan:

Freeway Jam has always been a work-in-progress. It's been a learning experience and a fun pastime. It has introduced me to interesting people among the blogger community. It has rekindled my passion for music, and provided me an outlet where I can babble on and on about music without boring my analog-world friends to tears.

But enough about me, me, me. A little about you, Freeway Jam visitor.

Someday, when anthropologists scour this blog for clues to our civilization, they'll note a difference in posts from January to February to March to April.

In January, before anyone really knew about this blog, I fumbled around until I kind of figured out what to write about.

In February, I joined the click-exchanges to gain a little exposure and see what happens. I've gotten some good and useful feedback from other bloggers there, as well as met some interesting people. In some ways, they helped loosen me up enough to tell some stories, learn how to write.

In March, I started cross-posting at Blogcritics. Unlike the click exchanges, which are a fairly broad range of people with varying degrees of interest in music, Blogcritics is a very targeted audience; they really know their music. They helped me out a bunch too, by convincing me not to rely on memory for facts, but to actually double-check. This, in turn, helped the writing, because it gave me more authority from which to speak.

The blog-clickers seem to like interesting stories, the music specialists seem to like hard facts and useful information. If, ultimately, I can achieve both at once, I'll be pretty happy. That's the goal, from now on.

So; what will Freeway Jam's April edition look like?

For one thing, there will be a specific day for certain types of posts:

Friday Night: Weekend Reissue Reviews

This will take a look at four of the previous week's album reissues and provide a capsule artist profile/review for each. These will be clearly titled and numbered, for the benefit of the RSS feed, which is being under-utilized. I think this will be fun, because it'll allow us to take a look at almost any artist who comes along, including many who've never been mentioned here yet. Plus, since it actually addresses new releases, it may even be somewhat useful.

Saturday Night: Sunday Morning Playlist

These will appear weekly, also for the benefit of the RSS feed. Each week will tackle a new genre (there are scores of genres, so we won't run out anytime soon), and contain a playlist of 10 songs by 10 different artists specially chosen to represent that genre. Basically, this is the same as we've always done, except that the playlist won't be randomly generated (although I like the random ones myself, and will continue them in some form, they were causing some confusion). These will be clearly labeled and numbered.

Sunday Night: Weekly Artist Overview

These will be like the recent ones on Pearl Jam, Moby Grape, Mazzy Star, Cream, Badfinger, and the Verve. Since these are lengthy magazine-article sized pieces, I'm not going to add playlists to them; the focus will be on the story, all (or almost all) of an artist's body of work, and pertinent solo work, will be addressed within the body of the essay. These will be clearly labeled.

Wednesday Night: to be announced

Not sure what Wednesday night is going to have, but that'll be a once-a-week feature too. I'm leaning towards some kind of new-releases review or possibly a music news roundup. Or maybe something completely different. We'll just have to see when Wednesday arrives. These will be clearly labeled.

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday nights: random stuff.

These nights will remain schedule-less, allowing me to post whatever I want to. Some nights may be random-playlists, others might be news essays, others might be "What were people looking for when they wound up here?" installments, others might be keyword or theme playlists, others might be collector's notes. Gotta keep some wildcards in the deck, to keep things interesting.

Obituaries will continue to be posted when they occur; in most cases, the obituaries will contain a review of the artist's body of work, and a capsule history.

These changes probably won't be evident to the average Freeway Jam visitor; the schedules are mainly for my own benefit. Still, there will be something resembling a pattern to the posts, so that things will be a little less chaotic-seeming.

At some point, I also plan to replace the template and re-organize the sidebar, but that's an involved task that I'd just as soon put off 'til another time. Which I'm doing.

I bring all this up because it's important that I stick to the schedule I've outlined, and if I announce it publicly, I'll have no choice.
 
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This post is just to test the comments, make sure they work.

As you may have noticed, I went ahead and changed the template after all.

This will make the site look better for those with 800x600 displays; it looked horrible for them before.

I still plan to fix up the sidebar, but I doubt I'll do it today.
 
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