Monday, January 28, 2008
It was [one] year ago today...
January 28th. Henry the VIII dies. Louis Brandeis is appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Alan Alda and Nick Carter are born -- yes, the Nick Carter. As notable as these events may be, one other monumental happening occurred on this date as well. Unless you've overlooked the subject headings of our posts for the last several weeks or this is your first visit here, then you guessed correctly. Today commemorates the one-year anniversary of an "all-purpose" music blog called, The Weight.
Let me take you back a year into time. It was a cold weekend evening, last January 28, 2007. Two (and one day later, three) guys in a small Manhattan studio apartment decided it would be "cool" to share their tastes in music and pop culture with their friends [each other] and who knows, maybe some random blog-surfer in Australia. So, thanks to a pair of two unknown websites called YouTube and Google, the project was underway. Finally, after 12 minutes of toying with the Blogger software, learning how to "embed" a video clip, and spending a paltry $36.00 for the domain name, The Weight was born. And I officially became a "blogger." [at the time, I was reminded of the famous line from the 1932 classic Freaks: "we accept you, one of us! Gooble Gobble!" A Blogger?? There goes my social life...] But today, with over several thousand hits from all over the world (yes, even Australia), I'm damn proud to say that The Weight is alive and kicking, and I'm especially glad that we could assist those guys at YouTube and Google in becoming multi-billion dollar enterprises. It's all about teamwork. Nor can we leave out our friends at Hidden Track and Hits from The Blog for their constant shout-outs and support.
That's not to say there weren't tough times. Take for example the 2-month hiatus that occurred back in late summer. Although this had more to do with international travel than it did with a lack of material [laziness], we nonetheless kept truckin' and were able to revive the site back to old form. All I can say is, if one more person in the world is more enlightened regarding the fate of 90's jambands, the influence of Richard Ashcroft, the intricacies of Led Zeppelin's songwriting or the whereabouts of Jason Hervey, then we've done our job.
So, although I'm certain there will be more posts today from the other members of the Weightstaff, in the meantime, I'll leave you with a clip. Despite the fact that it has nothing to do with birthdays or anniversaries, it is nevertheless meaningful to me and is the fundamental reason why this blog exists -- to share good music with those who know good music, or at least, those who wanna start learning...
Posted by WeightStaff at 10:32 AM