The story so far…
In 2016 I sold my business and was quasi-retired for most of the year. I took a few projects but spent a bulk of my time seeing music. At one point starting at the end of June I saw 13 shows in 15 days. The year ended with 7 shows in 4 days. The last few songs of the Phish New Years run at MSG took me into 2017. One goal I made for myself in those wee hours of the morning was to see at least 52 shows in 2017.
I’m not worried about being able to do this (mostly) but some interesting thoughts came to mind in the first few weeks of the year. Do I really want to make work or even a project around seeing music? It reminds me of people who don’t want to work in a field related to their hobby for fear they’ll lose their passion. What if I decide to go back to work? Well, maybe I’ll start working again in music. Maybe I’ll work the lot scene and go on tour. For the moment, I’m not going to worry.
I was at a show the other day and had the idea to track my experience, progress, and random thoughts that come up along the way. The last thing the world needs is another blog but why not. It will get me writing more (also something I used to love) and hopefully get tips on some new music from my readers (do I have readers?). Long story short, I registered this domain while at a show in LA on January 12. I had already seen two shows by then. It seemed like a good place to start.
What this is not
I’m not interested in reviewing bands, shows, or venues. At least not as a prime focus. I especially don’t want to rate or rank shows. Bill Walton (the famous basketball player) had also famously seen over 856 Grateful Dead shows (almost 40 percent). He was asked what his favorite was and he said, “Don’t rank them, just enjoy them.” That stuck with me and it will serve as my mantra here. I hope it serves you as well as it has Bill and I.
How you can participate
- You can take the challenge! Gobsee some live music. It’s the best way to support bands plus it’s a blast. Tag your adventures on Twitter, Instagram, Friendster, etc. with #52ShowsAYear
- You can follow me on Instagram to see things as they happen. I can warn you that there are other posts there not related to shows. Perhaps I’ll make a dedicated account at some point. You can
- You can also recommend shows to me! I’m based near NYC but will travel for a good show. Have a band you think I’d like? Know about a venue I should visit? Let me know!
- You can comment on posts. Have a question? You can post a comment below any post and ask away. You can also use the comment form.
- You can share posts. The best thing to do with posts is to share on any and all of your networks. This helps a bunch.
- You can recommend a post. I have thoughts on live music-related conversations that will fit on this site. If you have suggestions please let me know.
One final note.
I want to be clear that I’m not a professional music reviewer. I’m not a professional writer or musician although I’ve studied both. I have also not seen as many shows as lots of people. I’m just documenting the ones I have seen. Thank you!