December 2018: Caretakers of the Bond

The modern world unleashes a torrent of content at us each day.  At times it can feel like a fire hose of madness raining down on you.  It’s overwhelming.  We are in the midst of a rebuild here at Galleywinter headquarters and content has been light for that reason. Why shout into the void when you have nothing special to shout about yet?  A wise man named The Rock once said grind in the darkness, shine in the light.  That’s what we’re doing.  Treading water, observing the world (musical and otherwise) around us and getting ready to dive back in. 

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November 2018: Reinventing the Needle

What do you say when it’s over?  Don’t know if I should say anything at all. So goes the plaintive statement at the heart of Clint Black’s classic “Better Man”.  And it kind of sums up the headspace I find myself in lately with this music scene.  It’s not the first time either.  Nothing has moved my needle in months.  At least not within the confines of “the scene”.  When a hardcore music fan can’t find much to get excited about, it’s time for some examination.  And that examination has proven that there isn’t much happening.  It’s like death by

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August 2018: Realizations

Realizations are hard.  Becoming fully aware of something, whatever that may be can be jolting, halting and alarming.  It’s usually a cause for growth.  A learning experience. When it comes to this music scene, the first realization I had many years ago was that it existed.  Once I got that part down, I became fully invested.  In my time in and around this scene I’ve seen so many folks come and go.  That’s caused another startling realization.  This matters to me more than it matters to most people. To many, it’s just a song or a band or a place

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July 2018 – Warm Fuzzies Amid the Cold Madness

We live in an era and age where arguing online has become a hobby.  Our leaders do it, our kids do it, and over on Facebook your grandmother is doing it.  I’m not sure exactly when we reached this tipping point, but it’s truly depressing.  As someone who has been on the internet since its earliest days, at an age when I probably shouldn’t have, this portion of the ‘net has always existed.  It used to be the chat rooms of AOL and Prodigy, then AIM, then message boards and finally social media/comments sections.  In the earliest days of this

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June 2018 – There’s Always Somebody Playing Somewhere

“There’s always somebody playing somewhere.” That’s the quote the grizzled songwriter gave me post-set as he gazed out at the domestic longneck swilling crowd that had been nonplussed by his original offerings, yet exploded onto the dance floor during his loadout to the successive medley of The Wobble, Cupid Shuffle, Copperhead Road.  You know the drill.  The venue we were in was one of my favorites and as I surveyed the scene and began apologizing to the artist on behalf of the lack of true music fans in the house that particular evening, he clinked my glass, squinted as if

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