The Return of Friday Music

Hey kids.

As long-time readers know, I used to do a weekly feature on my blog, called Friday Music. I started it back in 2005, and ran it for quite a while. Every week or so, I’d post a “mixtape of the internet”, sharing stuff that had grabbed my attention, both new and old. But, like so many other things in my life, it kind of drifted off — I’ve tried, a few times, to resurrect it (most recently about a year ago), but not with any real sticking power.

As part of my goal in 2018 of getting back into the habit of blogging, I’m bringing Friday Music back, starting next week.

To that end, I need your help.

I’d like to know what format you’d like to see Friday Music take.

The old format was that I would find links to mp3 versions of the songs, and just link those. I could still do that. But the kids these days like the streaming services — and I have two memberships I could use. For Spotify, I could provide individual track links, or I could just link to a single, curated playlist for that week. I also have a Mixcloud account, so I could link to a weekly playlist there (this is the method I tried a year ago, when I last tried to get this up and running again). Or maybe you have another preference, which you can let me know about.

So I’m asking you to log your preference below. You special snowflakes who can’t decide can pick more than one option. Also, keep in mind that the method of song delivery will be in addition to written “liner notes” from me, where I talk a bit about the artist or the track, etc. You’ll be getting that no matter what.

So, fire away, please — your input is important to me.


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30 Day Book Challenge, Day 23

Today’s challenge: A book you’ve wanted to read for a long time, but haven’t.

Yeah, there’s a pretty long list. My “to be read” pile grows constantly.

I’m going to go with something a bit left-field.

In the 1970s, Donald F. Glut (probably best known for eventually doing the novelization of The Empire Strikes Back) cranked out a series of pulp paperbacks featuring Frankenstein’s Monster. A few years back, a friend of mine, Bill Cunningham, via his company (Pulp 2.0), signed a deal to reprint them. The first volume, collecting the first six novels in the series, came out in 2014.

I immediately put it on my Amazon Wish List. Classic horror movies and monsters was one of the earliest things I was a fan of, and I still eat this stuff up. Plus, published by a friend of mine. But, four years later, for various reasons (most related to being too busy with other things), I have yet to pick it up, and so it still sits on my list…now joined by Volume 2, which collects the last six books in Glut’s series, which Bill just released.

So, in a way, this entry is a reminder to myself to get on that, as soon as I feel I have the spare funds.