Let me first try and open up the title of this blog a bit. As already mentioned in the Intro, music has had a prominent role in my life for a long time. That role has changed quite a bit during the years from hobby to different levels of professionalism, studying, teaching, performing, composing, arranging, etc. on the practising side and reading, writing, thinking, discussing and lecturing on the academic side.
In this blog I’m sharing my thoughts about music and life as I see/hear them based on my experiences in the above-mentioned areas and activities. Music continues to have a prominent role in my life and in many ways I tend to reflect on life through music and musical activities, as I hope to illustrate in this blog.
What exactly I’m going to be writing about here is difficult to predict. As mentioned in the Intro, many of my writings are likely to touch some topics I have written about during my studies. In general, however, I’m thinking of picking topics out of e.g. gigs I see, music I hear and other related thoughts that pop up in mind head. While music generally provides the red thread along which my thoughts travel, I might take cues from other areas of interest as well e.g. films, other art forms, media, and culture in general. My approach to and thinking of such areas are, however, shaped by my musical experiences. This will hopefully become apparent in the upcoming posts.
I’ve split my posts in four- often overlapping – categories: The Culture category captures most of my writings here. In these posts I discuss topics that are not restricted to music. The Gigs category is rather self-apparent; discussing performances and events I’ve attended. In the Musicians category I discuss specific musicians and in the Intro category you’ll find the introductory posts for the blog.
Last but not least, the “Word” in the title doesn’t only refer to the words with which I express myself here. It’s also a reference to the “Word!” expression of a certain subculture (see Urban Dictionary) where it stands for truth. While I’m not proclaiming to possess any universal or final truths about music or anything else, nor the street credibility of the subculture in question, I do stand behind my words and weight them carefully before publishing. That being said, I’d be happy to hear of your thoughts and exchange views here!