Once again, I’ve taken quite a long hiatus from writing reviews. For this, I apologize to my readers and to the artists who continue to send me their releases on a regular basis. While I have no excuse for this lapse, I do have reasons. Simply making a living has taken up a lot of my time. I’m also working on a number of personal projects with my own art as well as preserving my father’s photography and trying to finish and release an unfinished film of his. Sometimes, I just get tired. I suspect most of my readers are also artists, so I know that you understand.
I’m going to take a new approach in hopes of getting more reviews online sooner. First, I’m no longer going to worry about maintaining chronological order of arrival, the administration of which actually takes up a lot of time and energy. Second, I’m going to listen fewer times and write faster, hoping all the while to not sacrifice either depth or quality in my reviews. Third, I’m going to schedule time into my life to do this rather than only do it when I can find time to do it. Fourth, I’m going to ask my readers to contribute to the cost of releasing these reviews online. I’m hoping this will work out well for all concerned: the artists, the readers, and me.
At the end of each review, you’ll notice a button. If I won a lottery or was independently wealthy, it would be my greatest pleasure to write these reviews as part of my contribution to the arts. The fact is that I am neither a lottery winner nor independently wealthy. Like the songwriters and musicians I review, I am a working artist making at the best of times a modest income. Writing these reviews and publishing them to the internet takes up a great deal of my time and also costs me out-of-pocket for server space and other necessary services. If you feel, as I do, that it’s important to support independent musicians, then I will appreciate if you could donate whatever you feel is appropriate or you can afford. All donations will be very confidentially managed through the secure services of Paypal.
Thank you for your support, for your comments, and for making wonderful words and music just when the world needs it most.
As always, the scope of this reviews site is quite broad, encompassing folk music, roots music, and roots-related music. This includes any and all music which at some level derives from our musical roots, especially blues, jazz, rock and roll, spoken word, and some classical or popular music genres.
If you want to submit your new CD release for review, here’s the address:
Roots Music Canada
Unit # 6
710 Division Street
If mailing from outside Canada, please mark the value on the customs form as ncv (no commercial value) or assign a very low value and list the CD as a sample. If you fail to do these things and the CD arrives with duty owing, I will return it. I cannot afford to pay duty for a project which already leaves me out of pocket.
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