About This Site
Welcome to Gotta Hear ’em All! This website’s aim is twofold. For readers, it aims to be a resource for music fans from all walks of life who appreciate many different kinds of music. For myself, it’s a place for me to work on being a better music historian, writer, and general fan. To those ends, this website will feature my music-related writing, whether it be reviews of albums/recordings, trivia I find interesting, posts about music on this day, and so on. As of this writing, you’ll mostly find rock ‘n roll here, but I expect there to be more world music, electronic music, and classical soon!
While I’m not formally affiliated with any individual artist, band, or other organization, I have had some contact with artists, including:
- Robert Berry, through posts writing on his live work with 3.
- Neil Murray, through writing on his live work with Colosseum II. A comment he made on an externally-shared post actually added some information the original post. Thanks, Mr. Murray!
About My Content
Slowly but surely, I’m diversifying my content. However, as of this writing you’ll still find that the overwhelming majority of my posts are “on this day” posts. Following that, the most common type of post you’ll find is a live review post.
On This Day
I have at least one “On This Day” post published for each day in the calendar year. How many posts are attached to each day depends on how much time I have, how much energy I have and how much happened on that day. As of December 16, 2020, this goal is complete!
I’m still in the first wave of getting “On This Day” posts together, which I’m writing by the seat of my pants in the early phases of this blog. This first wave consists mostly of posts about major musicians’ birthdays and death days and gigs performed by a set group of bands/individuals. These first wave focuses are Deep Purple, ELP, and Rainbow and their members. Beyond my availability, audience response to prior posts largely dictates what gets the majority of my time.
One of the big draws to this blog and the original reason I created it are my ‘live reviews’. These are reviews of concerts, mostly ones which have not been officially released in any medium.
I have two length types: “live reviews” and “byte-sized reviews”. The standard Live Review goes through the recording as in-depth as I can go, with several paragraphs analyzing the way specific members play, sometimes the setlists, general cohesion, and moments I particularly enjoyed. A byte-sized review is around two or three paragraphs and is basically a “did I like listening or not, and if so why”. As of June 2020, I have switched to writing byte-sized reviews on my patreon only.
I have also written reviews of a few studio albums or songs. Notably, I covered Whoosh! and the three songs which were released prior to the album hitting the shelves. You can find my coverage at this link. My other reviews can be found here.
I’m a college graduate with a smattering of training in various musical forms, including performance, theory and musicology. I ran a radio show for three years, and hope to extend that either in podcast or YouTube channel form soon. I’ve received most of my formal training in western classical music, with a bit of training in middle eastern and a few abortive attempts at jazz. My favorite classical musicians are the Russian Mighty Handful, Ludwig Van Beethoven, and Ottorino Respighi. In rock ‘n roll, my favorite groups/musicians are Steve Morse, Don Airey, Greg Lake, Cozy Powell, Deep Purple, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, and Yes. My favorite electronic group is Tangerine Dream.
I also have a deep interest in live recordings, as music is a thing meant to be performed and shared. My interest in such things was originally why I began this blog, but have since expanded it. If an artist expressly disapproves of my writing about unauthorized live recordings, I will readily take such writings involving them down!
Other Places You Can Find Me
So far, it’s pretty sparse, but I’m active in other places as well as here on this site.
- I once guested on the Deep Purple Podcast. You can check the episode out here!