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18 Years of Avant Music News

I launched this site on April 29, 2003. Since then, stuff has happened and the world has changed. The last 14 months or so has been the toughest period for music, musicians, and fans in my lifetime. On the other hand, the amount of creativity that has come forth in response to a period of isolation has been commensurately impressive.

In practice, what this means is that we are busier than ever and yet still falling behind on listening, reviewing, and keeping up with events. The weird / creative music world keeps getting bigger, and that can’t be a bad thing. So I have to be okay with letting go of the need to hear every release. And yes, I don’t respond to many emails and I don’t see that changing soon, unfortunately.

It has been a strange week for me and I don’t have the frame of mind for deep introspection right now. So I’ll just thank all of the musicians for sharing their tremendous efforts, the volunteer staff writers who keep the content coming, and of course everyone who reads these words.

In most parts of the world, there is a bit of light at the end of the tunnel. My family members have all recently received their second COVID shots, and I am scheduled for mine next week. Live music may become a reality again by the late Summer or early Fall. Maybe, and if we stay the course. In the meantime, let’s be kind to one another in these trying times and help others as much as we can.