Sunday, September 2nd, 2007

We've Got Five Years, My Brain Hurts A Lot

A look back at last year’s post from this same day made me realize that there’s not a helluva lot new to say. But seeing as how is a half-decade old as of today, I feel compelled to take the time to say something if not profound, then at least pretentious. And though my brain really does hurt a lot most days, I’m still here, you’re still here, and we’ve lasted longer than the Carter administration. Yay us.

When this date appeared on my short-term horizon a few months ago, I had fanciful ideas of doing some sort of proper celebration or something to mark the occasion – after all, if I was a retail outlet of some kind, I’d probably be having a sale with clowns and balloons. But then things got busy, as they always do, and instead I’m making a quick post with just me, a lolcatz and whoever’s accidentally reading this because of random Google search in the dead of the last long weekend of the Summer. Truly the very definition of auspicious.

I suppose the most significant thing to happen in the past years was celebrating my 1000 consecutive days of posting streak and the end of said streak at 1050 days. And I got a cat. Otherwise, it’s been pretty much business as usual.

I’ve just deleted two or three paragraphs of trying to soothsay the future of this site but have decided against it because, really, it’s just talking out of my ass. Some days I want to just hang it up, other days I want to write up fifty reviews in a day. Someday there will come a reckoning when I weigh the ongoing existence of this site versus my own sanity, but it won’t be too soon – I’m already committed to about six weeks of chaos starting, oh, Tuesday that simply allows no time for such navel-gazing.

But eventually I’d like to find a way to better deal with all the music that I’m sent or all the potentially interesting bands playing in and around town which surely don’t get a fair shake, either because I’ve no time to listen properly or simply because it falls outside my particular tastes. I’ve some ideas on how to tackle this but to execute properly, I fear they’d end up requiring an even greater time commitment than this site already demands. I do have a day job, y’know.

But anyways, I’ll figure that out later. For now, I – and you – should get out of doors and enjoy this glorious Labour Day weekend (assuming it’s glorious where you are).

Thanks for coming by, I appreciate it.

MP3: Arcade Fire – “Five Years”

By : Frank Yang at 10:41 am
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  1. mike says:

    Happy fifth anniversary! My own blog will have hit the 4-year mark as of the end of October 2007 so some of what your feeling, I’m also feeling to. Your blog(and musical tastes) have always been a source of inspiration. Keep up the great work, and continue to have fun.

  2. wendy says:

    Happy Blogiversary Frank!

    Time does fly. ;-)

  3. Chris says:

    I remember when…

    the most well written birthday speech I’ve heard in a while, thanks for the updates Frank!

  4. Joey says:

    This is always one of my favorite spots to visit. Congrats.

  5. hugger says:

    Consistently one of the best music blogs out there. Long may it prosper. Congrats Frank!

  6. Dave Rawkblog says:

    Congrats, Frank. If your blog was a baby, today would be its first day of kindergarten.

  7. PG says:

    way to go frank! I wish you more Ripken-esque accomplishments and longevity and respect. Keep up the fine work.

  8. Roland says:

    You’re definitely an inspiration and example for all of us, and chromewaves is one of the best blogs out there. Keep up the great work!

  9. alt-gramma @ speed of dark says:

    Happy fifth anniversary! Personally I’m all for clowns and balloons. And cats! And I agree it’s difficult to listen to everything you think you’re supposed to and write about it. My solution is to just relax and remember I’m doing this for enjoyment.


  10. KA says:

    Congrats and thanks for introducing me to so much great music over the years. You’re at the top of my favorites list!

  11. Chuck says:

    Congrats on the five-year mark! My go-to source for Toronto show announcements (even more useful since I moved here a couple of months ago). Keep up the great work!

  12. satisfied75 says:

    Yay Chromewaves…5 years is a Landmark…cheers

  13. thomaus says:

    Congratulations on this milestone. You’ve demonstrated quality, consistency, and quantity in delivering chromewaves day after day. And it seems as though you have enjoyed it. Hopefully the fun will continue for a long time.

  14. palpable says:

    Happy anniversary Frank. See you at the Starlight sometime. Maybe?

  15. Pete Nema says:

    Frank, you’ve been doing for this for so long, I must seem like a newcomer. But some of what you say sounds like it could come out of my mouth, particularly the fourth and fifth paragraphs. I haven’t figured it out, but somehow we should collaborate. Bring it together, all to bring attention to the music that deserves it. It is the only reason we do it. Somehow. I’m sure we’re both too busy to figure out how, but if you have any ideas…

    See you at the shows,

  16. Brad21 says:

    I can’t believe this is the first time I’ve heard of this blog.

    I LOVE IT!!

    Is it legal to download the music here? Not that I mind I love the blog, but I was just wondering.

  17. Frank says:

    thanks everyone.

    Brad21 – legal for whom? Most of the stuff I post is sanctioned and perfectly legal. The other stuff, well I’ve done my best to not get anyone’s feathers ruffled and it’s not been a problem for almost five years.

    So download away. Anyone gets flack, it’d be me anyways.

  18. Kari says:

    I’m a little late but nonetheless, congrats Frank! Five years is pretty incredible.

  19. Karl says:

    Add my congrats as well. I don’t work nearly so hard at it (in part because I can find stuff here), but enough to grasp the effort you put into it.

  20. brad21 says:

    well congrats!
    I can’t believe this has been here for 5 years and I"m just finding it!

  21. juepucta says:

    Congrats Frank, you do good work.