The Hassle

So I think I finally figured it out. And by ‘IT’ I mean the reason for my absence from this self built web-presence (not the Stephen King novel about scary clowns). This blog is over 4 years old. I created it, set it up with its imaginative title (ahem), wrote some blog posts and here we are. This blog, my blog, started out merely as a place for me to share and catalog my taste in music. (Well it actually started its life as a film review blog, but it didn’t take long for music to take over).

And take over it did. As the number of music related posts on here continued to grow I found my role as (dare I say) blogger evolve into  a sort-of music critic. And let’s be honest, I know nothing about music bar what I like and what I don’t. As the time passed, more and more band submissions landed in my inbox, all requesting (sometimes begging) to be reviewed and featured on my blog. And whilst I greatly appreciated the efforts most of these independent bands and artists made to get their music out there (and on to my humble blog) I found myself grossly under equipped to do their craft justice.

Then it got to the stage where I couldn’t even mention a new song/album release by an established band without feeling the need to critically analyse and compare it to every important piece of music in the history of their specific genre. Of course this was all in my head, but in terms of this blogs humble origins, it couldn’t be further from home.

My inability to critically assess a song, pick apart its finer elements and say why each makes an important contribution to the ‘world of music’ is what stopped me from enjoying this blog as well as using it for the purpose it was created for (sounds like the voice-over script for a new Marvel (or DC (or whoever owns the X-Men rights)) movie trailer).

I started this blog to share the music I like and in doing so, support the bands and artists who create it. Nothing more, nothing less. This blog is my blog and I’m not trying to be selfish or anything, but it is my name on the top of the page. If you like what you read (and more-so what you hear) then I am genuinely delighted and encourage you to get involved in the comments section.

And now, starting as I mean to go on, I give you Windings. Before pressing play below, I just want to point out that this gang of bearded Limerick-men are easily one of my favourite bands (be that Irish or International, or this era or of any). Enjoy.

You can keep up to date with Windings on Twittter.


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