Ten years and seven thousand posts ago, I started a little personal blog that was meant to be a kind of breadcrumb trail behind my web-browsing. Being a bit of a neophiliac (a lover of the new and different), posting quickly became a daily habit. Thankfully, my love of the new is balanced by a complete and total love for quality work. New ain’t enough. It has to be good.
As you can imagine, I have a massive bookmark library. But it never seems to be enough. I rely heavily on the ‘favorites’ of artists I like and on the tastes of audiophiles who have bought the same music I have. Still, with the whole internet at my disposal, I find myself wading through tons of dreck every single day in search of some little shred of awesome I’ve never seen or heard before. Why? Because I know the thrill of discovering something amazing. It’s like losing your virginity all over again, every day. But it’s also something more.
The routine of daily life can really start to get to you. I spent decades in an office doing essentially the same thing every day. A little particle of relief from a great song or an amazing painting was always welcome. I know my tastes don’t always converge with the mainstream. But if I can give the jaded a little jolt out of the mundane for half a minute, I figure I’ve done some good in the world. Plus, I get to give a bit of a platform to artists who are good at their art but not necessarily good at self-promotion. They sometimes need a little love to keep going and finish that next piece. If I can send a few people to their website, hey, one of them might buy a painting or a song and keep the artist in porridge for another day.
To you, I must say thanks. Thanks for visiting Muck and Nettles and thanks for caring about the arts. It’s has been a thoroughly enjoyable decade for me. I just hope I have enriched your day a couple of times along the way.