Not Going on Hiatus, But Getting Close…
by Winston "Stone" Ford
So if you’ve noticed, I haven’t been posting much on this blog, and personally I’m at the point where I was about the turn the lights off this thing for good, (a la shut down the studio, “Puffy Style”). It’s not that I don’t like the site, because I love The Couch Sessions but a lot of things have to be fixed before I move forward.
First off my job has taken up all of allowable free time. I’m occupied every day with the legal hustle, while most people I know in “the industry” are still in bed. And maybe this is a sign of me getting old, but after work I would rather come home and watch ESPN HD with a cold beer then try to venture out to U Street to catch a show. Not saying that your show sucks, but getting out there on a weeknight and then trying to make it to work at 8:30 AM just isn’t hittin’ it anymore. Come up to NYC or Philly on a Tuesday? Naw man, can’t do it. And I know a bunch of people have told me to quit my job and focus on the music thing, but seriously that ish is downright impossible considering my financial sitation. How else can I live the “rock star” lifestyle?
Also, there is a lot of stuff going on with the site on the back end that I can’t really talk about, but is surely taking its toll on how I run things around here. It’s not beef or anything like that, just technical stuff with my hosting company, Google, WordPress, and all of the above that is constraining this site from reaching the maximum amount of viewers. And no, the podcasts aren’t up yet. In turn, I’ve had to put all of my other ideas on hold (record company, the documentary thing, etc) until I get these issues with the site fixed.
And lastly, I can’t get down with this so-called hip-hop music these days. I’m listening to the new UGK album for review and although its a decent album, I just can’t get down with the cliched bitch talk, gun talk, pimp talk, etc. Granted, I’m reviewing Common’s Finding Forever, and I find it cliched for different reasons. All I’m trying to say is that there is a highly probable chance that I don’t like your favorite rapper (cough, Lil ‘Wayne) or your favorite hipster starlet (cough, M.I.A., cough) but the most popular blogs dry hump both. And since I much rather write about artists that most people never heard of, I will never the the shine that most bloggers get even though I’ve been in this game for almost 4 years. No disrespect to any other blogger, because trust me I read most every hip-hop blog you can name on a regular basis, but I’m trying to survive as a Black music blogger who tries to blog outside the realm of what is considered popular Black culture, and its not an easy thing.
So right now, I’m not going the shut anything down and I don’t know if I really want to go on a true hiatus. I’m still going to post, and I know Rome will hold things down. Basically, I see this site as Season 6 of 24: a venerable and popular show gets stale in its 6th season, and the producers have to go back to the drawing board to get things back on track for season 7. And that’s what I”m doing. Going back to the drawing board so I can ensure people that I’m putting out a quality product, on my terms and hopefully making money in the process.
Sorry for the rant, but let me assure you that big things are coming.