Does the world need another blog? Probably not. Do I expect anybody to read this? Probably neither.
So why write it? Just because I care enough about the topic. This site will help me organize my thoughts.
What you’ll find here
As the title implies, I’ll be writing mainly about Jazz and Classical music (defined roughly as Baroque to the 1920s), as those are the areas I’m most passionate about, but may occasionally venture into other genres as well.
I plan to write about new album releases that interest me (e.g. this one), report on some of my concert attendance (see here for an example), and go to some of my all time favorite Jazz albums (e.g. here) and classical works (example) and try to explain why I care about them.
I don’t have a fixed update schedule,
but usually aim to have on average at least 2 posts per week. In the occasional week where you don’t see any posts, I’m either sick, on vacation, terribly uninspired, or just too busy with my day job. Yes, that was my target in 2015: 2 posts per week. In 2016, realism kicked in, but I’m still getting done a bit more than a post per week on average. 2017 update: Traveling like crazy for work, so don’t expect new posts more often than every two weeks. Shame on me.
In any case, while you obviously should check back regularly if you find this interesting, it would be even better, if you sign up for e-mail updates, follow me via WordPress, or subscribe to my Twitter feed on the right side bar!
And if you like what you’re reading, why not share it with others?
If you’re looking for information on a particular album or concert, there is the free text search function on the right side bar, otherwise I try to be coherent in my category tagging, so you can simply browse the site via the category menu just below the search window, or click on a link from the “tag cloud” (you’ll find all that on the right hand side bar on a larger screen and at the bottom of the page if you’re visiting on a smart phone).
I’ve recently added the composer into my category system, for classical recordings only.
Jazz recordings are sorted by subgenre and can be found via free text and the tag cloud. I’ve more recently added a categorization by artist for the Jazz section, so you now have direct links to all reviews or articles about a given Jazz artist.
A disclaimer: You’ll rather quickly realize that English is not my native language, and while I currently speak more English every day than any other of my small handful of languages including my own (thanks to my American employer), I hope you’ll forgive the occasional weird foreign way of expressing things. I just assume you get what I mean.
If not, just ask or comment.
Another disclaimer: I have no vested interest in the music or hifi industry whatsoever, my day job is in a completely unrelated industry.
I’ve just been passionate about music all my life, having learned the piano for about 10 years, and played in a handful of amateur Jazz groups, collecting music (quite obsessively some would say), and attending concerts regularly.
How to reach me
You can reach me via Musicophile1 (at) gmail.com or via Twitter (#musicophileblog) for questions and comments, or just publish them here. I’m also active on a number of forums, including ComputerAudiophile, TalkClassical, Gramophone, again under the Musicophile avatar.
While theoretically I’m open to receiving proposals for what to review, I must admit so far I always ended up declining external requests, and simply wrote abou the stuff that I care most about.