My Own Little Julie & Julia Moment

posted by Tom Moon on September 02, 2009 at 4:05 pm
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1000 Recordings To Hear Before You Die gets the Julie & Julia treatment.....

Well color me surprised: It seems some ambitious soul has set out to blog, Julie & Julia style, with reactions to the music featured in 1000 Recordings. Blair is a first time blogger and the site is here. I've encountered a few others who've used the book as a springboard in this way -- a smart writer named Whit Andrews posted a bunch in the spring. His most recent musing is here.

The research journey of 1000 Recordings involved much more than the final 1000 works. My hope is that anyone who uses the book to undertake a sustained investigation of music will make  many more than 1000 astounding discoveries as well. There's so much flat-out amazingness in music, and in this moment when music is so often portrayed as "under seige," it seems crucial to celebrate and spread the word about that amazingness.

To that end, here's a thought for bloggers (Blair, are you listening?) and anyone else: As you share thoughts on essential music, please include your own suggestions for where to go next -- along the lines of the Next Stop and After That headings in the book. Put em below, or in your posts, whereever it makes sense to throw a bit of light onto records other people might not know.


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#1 from adion - 09/03/2009 6:09

Yeah that is smart.

#2 from Blair, Houston area - 09/10/2009 10:12

Wow…I’m just…wow.  Thanks for the suggestion.  I’ll make sure to try to suggest things.  I appreciate any feedback you or anyone who takes time out to read my blog has to make it better.  Thank you so much for dropping by.

#3 from Bryce Westervelt, Florida, USA - 09/30/2009 2:31

I have started to blog the book myself (I am a professional opera singer, and worked in a record store for about 8 years) thinking it would be a nice jumping off point to explore some new music….and at some point begin to add in some of my picks that may be “missing” IMO from your book!  I look forward to the journey!

#4 from Jennifer, New England to New Orleans via RV - 09/30/2009 5:49

What a great idea! I have spent at least an hour per week in a local music store for the past few weeks, with my partner - collecting as many used cds from the list of 1000 as possible. It’s such a fun adventure and a great conversation piece amongst friends.

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