Hello friends, family, acquaintances, and all the rest of ya.  Me llamo es Steve, and I am coming to you from beautiful Boise, Idaho.  My passions are the outdoors, sports (especially Mariners baseball), good beer, and most of all, great music.  I love music: listening to music, attempting to play music, and sharing good music with my friends.  This blog has been a long time coming, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it will be good…

As long as I can remember, I have been deeply affected by music, in a way that most people around me didn’t seem to feel or understand.  One of my first memories on this orbiting rock is standing in front of my parents’ stereo, rocking out to Midnight Oil’s “Beds Are Burning”.  It was the cassette single, complete with the fantastic B-side “Everlasting Love”, and I was completely enthralled by it.  I was only four or five years old at the time, but it couldn’t be loud enough or played too many times in repetition.  To this day, every time that song comes on, it takes me back to that specific moment in time.  That, in essence, is the beauty of music: not only does it dazzle and entertain us in the moment, but it has the magnificent power to transform us back to a different time and place instantaneously.  At least it does for me, and often.

The advent of streaming music services has allowed me to explore exponentially more music than before and has expanded my breadth of music knowledge beyond my wildest imagination.  For those on Spotify, congratulations: You make good life decisions.  I will encourage people to check out tunes that I suspect they wouldn’t otherwise have heard about and Spotify is the perfect way to do just that (as in, accessing the music is free and just a click away).  Many of my posts will include links to Spotify playlists I have created for your (and my) enjoyment.

Full disclosure, from the start: I am not a musician.  I can play some chords on my guitar, and although I do intend to take up lessons again I will dazzle no one.  I have no rhythm,  and I find drumsticks downright terrifying.  How any human can conduct rhythm with their hands and feet simultaneously will always be beyond me.  Additionally, I am not a writer.  I have no English degree, and in fact I am much better with numbers than words.  So, why the hell should I be starting a music blog, and why the hell should you care about it?

The answer to the first question is that I am passionate about finding and exploring new music and sharing the good things I find with others.  If even one person uses my ramblings to discover something that moves them, mission accomplished.  In regards to the second question, I have no idea.  Frankly, you shouldn’t give a damn.  But I figure writing it will make me happy and serve to keep me busy enough to stay out of trouble and out of the numerous breweries within biking distance of my apartment (Wait, you can write while at a brewery?  Shit!!).  I promise this: It is not going to be a barometer of my friendships, and there will be no quiz about that review of the new Radiohead album I wrote in order to be in my good graces.  Except for you, Mom.  You have to read it, it’s part of the gig.

So, what is the content going to be?  Well, as I envision it now, a weekly post consisting of reviews of new music released the previous week, along with concert reviews and shout-outs to bands under the radar but worth your time.  There will not be a focus on any particular genre, and although I am a rock and roll fan first and foremost, there will be plenty of folk, blues, country, and hip-hop to go around.  At the end of each year, I will use this to publish my Top Ten Albums of the Year list that I have been annoying my friends with for over a decade.  In fact, my first posts on this blog, starting January 2018, will be content regarding the best albums I heard and concerts I saw in 2017.  Something in the neighborhood of two or three posts a week is what I have in mind, so check in occasionally and see what has been added.

Stay tuned!  And thanks (sincerely!) for reading.  I will try to keep it interesting, and bring new sounds to your eardrums…