Pick It Up! Pick It Up!

Let’s get this going again!!

I’ve been waiting to get back on this for a long time now. My last blog post was the day before I got on a flight to Paris, and a lot of things have happened in that time. Once returned back to Sunny England I had my final year exams to prepare for, so rather than catch up on my lost days, I put it all to one side. For a large portion of my time since February 12th I forgot about this blog completely. It was only about between a month and 6 weeks ago that I decided to check up on it to see if anybody had bothered to view it (like I did with my study abroad blog, which still gets hits on a regular basis) since it stopped roughly 6 months previously. I didn’t really have any intention to start again, but I got a big source of motivation from looking at the stats.

The stats page gave me the motivation to try and blow the dust off this and get back on it. I’ve missed setting time aside to write up my thought on tracks that interest me. Yeah it’s pretty much all ramblings and nothing of much worth to the reader, but I hope I’ve introduced at least some of you to music you hadn’t heard before. That has been the main aim of this blog: To introduce somebody to new music, and be introduced to new music by either searching myself, or through friends that have shown me more new stuff than I’ve been able to give back. Regardless of how successful I have or have not been, I will start again, and see what I can find!

There are going to be a few changes to this blog though. Mainly to make me work a bit more and search a bit harder but I think I would be more motivated for a new start. The basic set up is going to be the same, but a couple of days themes are getting changed.

Tuesday: Previously ‘Study Music’ but since I have graduated, this is no longer relevant to me. Songs I had lined up have been discarded or could be moved into another section. Instead, I have decided for ‘Jazz Tuesday’.

Internal monologue: ‘Jazz?!  Wow you’re taking the piss…Are you a fucking hipster?! Have you gone too far and decided to reject all mainstream music and will now spend your time in a lonely smoky dark bar wearing a fedora?’

I know…I know. Let me explain.

A year ago I set myself the challenge to compile a playlist for my Dad to use as the restaurant background music. I claim I know absolutely nothing about Jazz, I do not pretend to understand Jazz or associate anything with its history or culture. I have merely spent time trying to find music that I can relax or study to (if I still did). I don’t know if people will like it, but give it a shot, I’ll see what I can do, you never know you could get into it!

Friday: Previously ‘Pre-Drink’ but I realised that it is too similar to ‘Go Hard Saturday’, so rater than having 2 separate days for basically the same genre, I have consolidated them into Saturdays segment and instead decided to have ‘Foreign Friday’. Seeing how many different countries this blog has been viewed in, it has given me motivation to search for music around the world. Seeing as US music has such an influence on the UK charts, I have included all US artists as not ‘foreign’ to push me to search for music I haven’t even considered before. I reckon this could be tricky, but I’m optimistic that this could work (plus a sneaky tactic to try and tempt a couple more countries to check out the blog in general.)

So if you saw my blog the first time I started, then welcome back! If this is your first time viewing it, I hope you like it, and feel free to comment on my posts or show me music I may not have given enough time on! Fingers crossed!



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