Here we are, close to the end of December 2020. Penning that the Coronavirus has changed the world might feel overused. Then, how do I describe the pandemic that caused so much destruction in nine months? People worldwide went into social isolation, became more vigilant about their own health and the physical well-being of their own family members, lost jobs, and entered periods of financial hardships. Many experienced the premature loss of loved ones. If you are reading this, I predict that you have experienced at least one of the events I described above.
When we experience hardships in our lives, it truly helps to have constant or many constants. Those constants can exist in the form of a person or a group of people. Then, there will always be one constant that will stay with us until our very last breath – ourselves.
In my own naivety, I had thought that my blog, Music Historian, would always be my constant. In reality, if I did not jump head-first into creating a blog, Music Historian would not exist today. Music Historian is not the continuous keeping me going; I am the constant keeping it going. Now that I realize this, where do I go from here?
Challenge the status quo that I have created for Music Historian over the years, of course. What do I mean by this? Besides continuing the thoughtful interviews that I eventually transform into quality articles, I explore the op-ed. Check out the article, “Choir Interrupted: An Op-Ed.” Then, I took a creative risk in making video interviews, teaching myself video editing with available software. Finally, 2020 was the year I shared with the world what I learned from being a music blogger and why this blog is so unique to me. I certainly hope you, as the reader, understand it too.
I still thoroughly enjoy the craft of interviewing and writing. Please do not think that I will throw away the long-form interview article. I will always publish such stories, but they won’t be the only prose styles on the site. Expect video interviews, shorter prose, and hopefully, where time and opportunity permits, more.