Several years ago (back in 2007, I think–man, does time fly!), I joined Drew McManus’ new cultural blogging network Inside The Arts, starting a new blog called Arts Addict. At the time, I was doing a lot of writing about freelancing, the orchestra business, and crazy stories about gigs I’ve played (all of which are archived here under my Articles page), and this new blog was dedicated to all the non-bass stuff I was writing about.
Ever since starting my new orchestra director life, I’ve found precious little time to write about the topics I was exploring on Arts Addict, and while I’m certainly not ruling out getting back into writing gig stories and reflections on a life in music performance (I still do both, though less frequently than I used to), my blogging is more community-based, podcast-focused, and dedicated pretty much to the bass. For now, at least.
Therefore, it seems to make sense to nix the Arts Addict blog and just incorporate DoubleBasBlog.org itself as a part of Inside The Arts, as the only blog in this network dedicated exclusively to one instrument.
At some point, I may return to the themes I explored on Arts Addict, but we’ll see. I’m finding a lot more career satisfaction in my “new life” than I did as a freelancer, which is great for my psyche and leaving me a lot happier at the end of the day. The only downside (if you can call it that) is that a happy, angst-free life doesn’t make for very interesting blogging! Instead of driving all night and making a few bucks here and there in ludicrous and shameful ways, I go to my great job and do things I like, then come home and hang out with Courtney and the cats. Much more enjoyable, but it doesn’t make for very interesting reading!
So… I’ll keep it to the bass for now. Videos, podcasts, “Top 10” articles, and that sort of thing. And enjoy life. Nothing wrong with that, is there?