I genuinely feel there’s a great deal of quality music writing on tumblr. It truly is an inspiring space for fully fleshed-out ideas to travel, though much of it is on the macro side of things. Be it an evaluation of music writing, or what music means to someone personally, or how music has affected someone’s life directly.
I suppose in reading blogs (and blogging personally), a lot of writing can become simply boilerplate. Of course, boilerplate with our own unique voices and styles, but boilerplate nonetheless. I don’t aim to disrespect video or song posts. In fact, the best ones are the ones where you feel as if you’re sitting in a room, and the author is speaking to you directly, telling you about a song that will blow you away from parts unknown, or a highly-anticipated video which fits the artist’s oeuvre like a glove and confirms all of your feelings about them or even totally changes those initial thoughts. Now, of course, this is the best scenario. Much of it is just [embed] + [source]. But the potential for something special is certainly there, and even met in several cases.
However, a wonderful space for writing about music writing has been carefully established on tumblr. Not in the sense of an ombudsman keeping score, but rather, a perfect melding of personality and criticism. This self-examination in music isn’t new by any means, but I feel perhaps now it is at its most democratic and accessible. To disseminate these kinds of conversations, without losing the original intent and message, has never been simpler. Personally, I’ve benefited from this, and there are possibly thousands more like me.
As a writer, I wouldn’t even consider myself an infant. I’m barely a newborn. Most of the writing I’m proud of at this very moment will probably embarrass me in 5 years, probably sooner, yet I can’t be afraid of that. With writing, and most crafts, you only grow the more you do it and the more you allow yourself to become vulnerable with your work. It’s difficult to look inward and turn yourself inside out for the world to see your deepest thoughts and feelings, but this space has made it all the better.