As I am determined to resume blogging, I need to say a word about some of the recordings I will be talking about.
From time to time, record companies and individual artists who apparently are completely desperate for publicity will send a complimentary commercial recording to your humble blogger.
I do my best to listen to these recordings, but a free recording does not guarantee a good review or even any attention at all here.
I do not claim to be a music expert, but I am a sincere enthusiast, and I will not express enthusiasm, or even mild pleasure, for a recording that I don't like.
For example, I'm a fan of eighth blackbird, but I didn't like the the Lonely Motel album. Obviously, other folks did not agree -- it did win a Grammy -- but I don't care. I was pleased to give a good notice for the Meanwhile album (which also won a Grammy.)
I'll try to note in my blog posts whether I paid for a recording or parted with cash for it or whatever.