Thursday, June 30, 2011

So I lied...three more blog topics...

I just keep being inspired to write different articles, so i've added three more series to the regular rotation:

10. Disaster Records

Albums that flopped, were created in periods of tragedy, with different line-ups, side projects, solo records - things that don't work (or work in a way that shouldn't). Put differently, usually my favorite records by bands.

11. Mr. Met of NJ Local 07442

My Mets-based ramblings.

12. WANT

1000 words on an item that i feel i can't live without.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Final 3 Blog Series

I promised these on Thursday, but i had some time today, so...

7. "Brian Makes a Record"

I'm going to commit to putting some of my long festering songs down on tape, and i will discuss what i'm doing that week and show and tell some of it. This part will be a video blog.

8. "Classic Erin"

My wife has a way with words that is unusual at best. Some of the best Classic Erin lines will be posted here for your enjoyment.

9. "The Rant"

My original foray into internetting was a weekly email list called "The Rant." I would send this to 50+ friends and i would rail about this and that, plus give weekly song picks and have a feedback section where people could email me in response to what i wrote. I'm bring that back as a monthly feature. You're welcome, Erin and Eileen.

Look for the first of one of these (I have a few in the works) on Friday!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

More Blog Segments

I promised to unveil some more regular segments on the blog, so here are three more:

4. "Movies I Should Have Seen By Now"

I review movies that are classics that i've never seen. Pretty self explanatory.

5. "I Cook, Therefore I Eat"

Where i review a meal i've made that month.

6. "12 Year Old Brian"

Where i discuss comic books, video games, and various other interests i've had since grade school.

Stay tuned for the last 3 on Thursday, and the first "official" posting on Friday!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Big Changes at ERH Headquarters

Hello folks,

It's been awhile.

My b.

To make a long story short, i'm a really busy guy. That isn't a good excuse; it is simply true.

I've now been at my current job for 7 years, and i'm really starting to see the fruits of my labor. While that is great, it also means that i'm working more nights, thinking about work when i'm at home, and generally being under more (good) pressure to continue to deliver. Plus, i try to be a good husband/dog owner, and i've been catching up on Breaking Bad (2 seasons in 11 days). And, in that head space, podcasting has taken a backseat. I wish i had the stamina of my buddy Jay Kumar who manages to turn out an incredible podcast, a vital blog, hold down a day job, and be a husband and a father to boot.

Sadly, i don't have that stamina.

But i do have some ideas.

What i'm going to attempt starting in July is a more fully realized blog - 12-15 articles a month. Each month, i'm going to produce (hopefully) 9 articles that are part of various series (like the continuing "5 Song Shuffle" and [so far only once] "You'd Be Surprised" plus new series i've been thinking about for awhile now) and 3-5 random "what's Brian thinking?" articles, plus a few series may have more than one monthly entry.

In addition, i want to do 4 "micro-podcasts" a month. Basically, one segment of the old ERH a week. An interview here, a comedy bit there, some music now and then, and some new segments i'm still workshopping. Those will start in August.

I see this regimented style of activity to fit well into the way that i do things (i love to do lists), and the minimal time commitment to each small part should be easier to fit into my schedule.

So, thanks for listening/reading, and check back throughout the week for previews of the different blog series that'll be launching come July 1. The first 3 are described below.

With significantly longer hair,

1. "5 Song Shuffle"

I really enjoyed doing this series, and with the addition of more than 2000 pop hits into my iTunes*, this should get interesting quickly.

Previous Editions:

Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17

2. "You'd Be Surprised"

Songs i love that you'd never think i would. Click here to read my first entry, on the Killers' "Human."

3. "McCartography"

A haphazard look at the oeuvre of Paul McCartney outside the Beatles. George may be my favorite, and John written more classics in the '70s, but Paul McCartney has maybe the most fascinating discography of any artist ever. I'll be starting with 1980's McCartney II and jumping through decades to cover every studio album, live record, compilation, rarity and production job i can get my hands on. I'm actually going to do these twice a month - one for a full length album, and one for various bits of miscellany.

*My brother, on Memorial Day, dumped 10 gigs worth of music on my computer. A friend had given him the Top 100 songs on the Billboard Charts from 1975-2003. This is a wonderful, fascinating, at-times sad thing to have at your disposal.