December 1st, 2015
je suis paris

Unfinished Mail

 
I’m writing this on November 23, 10 days since the Paris attacks. Paris changed everything. As a music journalist and fan the attack on the Bataclan Concert Hall sparked fears and questions about how safe are music venues. When we think of deaths at music venues they include overdoses, riots, stage collapses and weather. This was the first time, in my memory, where a music venue was strategically targeted for a terrorist attack.
 
Most music venues are run by small owners working through promoters. They may have a high margin on liquor but can pay for it when the houses are small. They can’t afford security, let alone armed security. The door people are there to deal with drunks, thieves and fights. They don’t stand a chance against armed gunmen. My sincere hope is that Paris is the exemption and not the new normal. None of us may be prepared for that world in music.
 
In happier news it is the Best of 2015 issue. The best of year is a chance to celebrate those artists who did make a mark on us this year. Many of them have lived in my player for many months after a show. I consider myself to be ADD when it comes to music. I’m always looking for the next show and the next artist. For anyone to have longevity in my life, they have to be special. You will see the runners up in all the categories and, hopefully, why the winner stood out. I hope you will enjoy them all as much as I do. Have a good holiday and we look forward to seeing you in 2016. 

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