It was two years ago today that I took the plunge and decided to start a blog. It was something I’d been considering for a long time, as I felt I needed some sort of outlet for all the thoughts and opinions in my head. So on December 8th, 2011 I did it. I created jhubner73.com and the rest is history. Or something
I have to say, this blog has become far more special and important to me than I ever thought it would. I always assumed that my music -the songs I write- were outlet enough for me. Those were my artistic blow hole, if you will. But that was only part of what I had to say. The whole reason I started writing music was because of the music I’ve loved throughout my life. And just because I write, doesn’t make being a fan null and void. I’ve noticed with a lot of musicians I know that they seem disinterested in new music. Like, they’ve heard Rubber Soul, Harvest, and Slanted and Enchanted, so they’re good. No albums released after 1996 are worth a listen. Well, I’m here to say that’s just bunk, and this blog was my outlet as a lover of music to say why that’s bunk. It was also going to keep my thoughts on new(and old)music in some sort of working order, as opposed to blurting out about the new Flaming Lips or The Knife or Loose Fur’s Born Again In The USA to random people that may or may not give a shit about what I had to say. For the most part this blog has functioned in that manner for me quite well, but it’s become so much more than that.
Music is the central character here, be it the music that makes me want to make my own, or the music I create myself. But what also has become so important to me in regards to these digital pages is just talking about my life. Sharing my life with the universe. Whether one or one-thousand read it, it doesn’t matter. I’ve put the stories out there for others to read. I talk about my wife and kids, my parents, the dead and living, my own childhood, and things I think need to be said. I hope people can get a laugh with what I say, and maybe can even relate on some level. This blog has allowed the shy writer to step out from behind the shy musician and tell some stories. He’s been around as long as the music guy, writing three-act plays in the fourth grade, poems and short stories in the 8th grade, and even a screenplay in the 11th grade. Then lyrics pretty much took over after that. Almost twenty years later, this blog has given me a stage to speak.
I couldn’t imagine not having this little place to come to nearly everyday and talk. Talk about music, one of my kids, some bizarre childhood memory, or yet again about my vinyl collection. It’s become quite therapeutic for me. I’m certainly a better person than I was 2 years ago. Maybe not better, but more content. More at ease. More comfortable with my spot on this planet. And I want to thank everyone that’s ever stopped by and read the words I’ve spewed and spilt for others to see. To all those that have dropped a comment or two, followed my blog, even gave a cursory glance my way, well than you. And to those folks that keep coming back and have become what I would most certainly call my friends(you know who you are), if it weren’t for you this wouldn’t nearly be as great as it is. In all of you I feel I’ve found like-minded souls. Soldiers fighting for the artistic good. My fellow raconteurs. Thanks for finding this place and frequenting it. Next round is on me.
Two years ago I posted this. Actually, it was December 10, 2011 when I posted it. But it was the first real “essay” about music that I wrote. It’s not very good, but in it I see little glimpses of the writer I’d find in the next two years. For some reason, I like going back and reading things I wrote in the past. Much more so than hearing songs I wrote years ago. I’m not sure why. Maybe I’ll figure it out and post about it. Maybe I won’t. Either way, thanks for stopping by.