Welcome to 2013 here at Off The Tracks, things are still new/fairly new here – and I’ve been concentrating on updating The Vinyl Countdown and providing new Reviews when I can – covering books, albums and DVDs. There have been one or two other posts, album previews and gig announcements – and there are some Interviews (borrowed from Blog On The Tracks). I will be adding some new (exclusive to Off The Tracks) interviews this year.
But my favourite category is the special guest posts here offering Five Albums I’m Loving Right Now. There will be more of these – and thanks so much to those who have offered one so far. Some great recommendations, some great selections, some great writing…
It was a good year, 2012. Good for me. And good for music.
Sure, some knuckleheads decided to chuck a banjo in a tumble-dryer and call it the new Mumford & Sons record. And I’m still baffled that anyone liked the new Bobby Womack album – a brutal disappointment.
But I loved a lot of music – I found it easy to put together a Top 50 where other years it’s been hard coming up with a Top 10. And as soon as I hit publish on that list I realised I’d forgotten another 20 great albums.
There were duds, sure. There are always duds. But it was a good year all up.
And personally it was a very good year.
I published a book, my first. And have been amazed by the response, great media coverage, positive reviews, lots of nice messages from readers and from many of the artists featured in the book. I’m already planning my second book…something I’ll be working on in 2013.
Also, I changed my working hours – I’m no longer full-time, I now work part-time and get to spend two working days a week looking after my son Oscar. He is awesome. He turned one in 2012. Another big milestone in the year.
I worked hard over at Blog On The Tracks – publishing a blog-post every week day, racking up now over 1400 posts there and marking that blog’s fifth birthday. There were some good posts too, I reckon. Some great interviews and some good discussions.
And we launched Off The Tracks – this place. And I’m really enjoying this. I hope you are too. Huge thanks go to Katy, my wife – apart from everything else she was crucial in the development of Off The Tracks, it’s been a huge load of work for her, a labour of love (I think/hope). And to Amy, our developer – she’s made this site look great and her and Katy have helped to create a(nother) forum for my words; patiently they work with me, understanding my quest to charge on and dash out content when (and how) I can.
The biggest thanks goes to you – the reader. Thanks for stopping by, for checking in, for playing along. I hope you’ve enjoyed Off The Tracks. I hope you’ll continue to visit in 2013.
How was your 2012 musically? And what are you looking forward to in 2013?
[Blog On The Tracks will return to Stuff.co.nz in late January]