It’s late June and I just realized I won’t make my self-imposed deadline for the July issue. July has been one of those issues this year that was wildly ambitious. I’m tired and sore and missed a show last night because of savage weather. I woke up this morning to good news. The local free weekly paper released the winners of its local music showcase. I knew 5 winners and had seen them multiple times. It was gratifying.
As a music writer I’m constantly searching for new music. It is a drug that fuels my fix. At the same time I know many musicians both personally & professionally. I will go out of my way to see some acts multiple times if I like them enough. It is also my duty to see artists evolve over time. There is something wonderful to see an artist you can remember from their first few shows, now taking awards and gaining attention. It becomes your victory too.
As I’ve grown older the idea of music community is no longer just lip service. When I was younger I wanted to get my chunk of out it and claim a certain local fame. Now that I’m older and wiser I view the community as a place where there is competition but there is also mentoring and fostering. The community serves one another to make everyone improve. I liken it to the old proverb, “A rising tide lifts all ships.” As a member of the local community I work to share resources to those who can make use of them. I don’t need to horde information. It loses value that way. It is better to give it away and let everyone make use of it.
As you read this the July issue is up. It marks FEMMUSIC’s 15 years & 11 months. Next month is our 16th Anniversary. When FEMMUSIC began I did not expect to last 6 months let alone 16 years. We have not always been up to date and sometimes my instincts on artists have been deeply flawed. Still I wouldn’t change anything after all this time. Well maybe I would. Next month FEMMUSIC will have a new look that I hope you will all enjoy.