On letting music go.

For reasons that have never been clear to me, people occasionally listen to my opinions about music. It’s not a huge audience I have. I’m sure even the most moderately popular TikTok influencer has a larger platform than I do. But still, I write words about albums I enjoy and sometimes people read those words and give the music a chance. I’ve written about dozens—probably hundreds—of bands in the time I’ve been doing this music journalism thing. Sometimes, when I really get behind an album that excites me, this amazing ripple effect happens where it catches on with my moderate audience as well. Then it feels like we’re all part of a little fan club together and it becomes a communal enjoyment. But the thing about the words I write is that once they’re out there, they’re out there forever, even as my opinion changes.

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