Today marks the one year anniversary of my first blog post. So far blogging has been a wonderful creative outlet, and has helped connect me to many friends and colleagues in the music world. I’ve mentioned this somewhere in a previous post, but simply trying to generate topics to write about gets me engaged and thinking in unexpected ways. I look forward to continuing to blog throughout the summer and the next academic year. As a retrospective of my first year in blogging, I thought I’d do a rundown of reader favorites and my personal favorites ( I got this excellent idea from the folks at HornMatters, the gold standard for horn related websites!). Here are the top 10 most viewed posts:
- New Blog and Dennis Brain’s Embouchure (Read the follow-up to this post here)
- What Alec Wilder Thought of John Barrows
- More Warm-Ups and Routines for Horn
- Free Tuner and Metronome
- Recommended DVDs for the Horn Player, Part 1
- Equipment in Review: Thompson Edition Cases
- Dudamel with the Vienna Philharmonic, or What Kind of Horn is That?
- Music for Horn by Alec Wilder
- Jacob Medlin Demonstrates his New Single B-flat/C ascending horn
- Warm-Ups and Routines You May Not Know – Part I – Ifor James
Looking at the list, it’s interesting to note that posts on Alec Wilder appear twice. He is definitely a major composer of 20th-century horn music, and if you aren’t familiar with his compositions I highly recommend them! Warm-ups and routines also seem to be a consistently popular topic. No. 10 on the list is actually a three-part series, and if you liked Part I be sure to read Part II and Part III. In addition to this top 10 list, I also have a few personal favorites that are worth a read too. These posts are important to me for various reasons, both personal and professional, and even though they may not be statistically the top posts on this blog, they are among my favorites.
- A Tough Week and Influences
- The Lenoir High School Band
- About Worrying
- Of Summers Past: Brevard Music Center
- Some Notes on Performance Anxiety
In closing I highly recommend blogging as an academic, creative, and even therapeutic pursuit. Although there are already some excellent music blogs out there, as well as sites which initially began as blogs but have now expanded into online magazines, there is always room for your own thoughts and ideas.
Congratulations for your blogging aniversary.
The fast growing internet web is a nice place, but expect within the following years times of great and less number of visitors. I’ts a hard work that will consume you lots of time but some one has to do it. Keep posting, keep blogging!
Congratulations! Very much agree with you as to the value of blogging. It’s like journaling, which is recommended by all sorts of people because it helps you work through thoughts and ideas, while finding better ways to present them to others and developing a prose voice. On top of that it’s like a commonplace book where you can keep passages and articles written by others handy just by having links. And then there are the comments which can be great fun and be very, very helpful.
The way you keep up with regular posting is admirable! Looking forward to another great year of posts.
This is an incredible horn information site. Thank you for your har work.
You’re welcome John, and thanks for reading!