Liner Notes

Liner Notes #2 / Sounds Good, S’all Good

A little note to say thank you for the past month.

Sounds Good is now over a month old! That’s right, just over a month ago I decided I was going to put an end to a continuous battle with a clogged inbox by simply walking away. As a result I am a lot happier and relaxed about doing my hobby and this past month and a half has been superb for the blog and I. In an oversaturated world of people going “hey this is music, check out said music” I’m proud to say my newest baby has overdeveloped super early and already begun to find it’s legs.

The idea of starting anew was one that simultaneously brought fear and excitement to me. Despite being relieved to get away from Exploding Head Syndrome’s inbox and its 40+ submissions a day, it was the scarier parts of beginning all over again that overwhelmed me. Things like the obvious hit in views, lack of submissions and keeping EHS’ connections in the dark made me think I was going to be a sole figure in an overpopulated land, which sucked.

Simply put, the only way I was going to continue writing about music and promoting the little guys was through Sounds Good. EHS begun to get big for PR companies to throw 5/6 submissions at it each day, eventually causing enough smoke for the blog to catch fire. It got to the point where writing material for EHS became a dash in a house fire where I’d try and grab the important things before running out for air. Sounds Good is more like that quiet isolated shack you’d see amongst an entire field of green when travelling across the country, and provides air aplenty.

This past month and a half has been fantastic for Sounds Good and for me as an aspiring writer. The submissions are beginning to come through with a more personal approach (people are saying hi to me now! Aside from the email that opened with “Hi Myles”.), social media is increasing with Followers each day and the amount of buds I’ve made through SG as opposed to EHS is much better. Seriously, my new friends are the loveliest people in the world. I feel this is a great time to give props to Tina at The Daily Listening, Jeff at EclecticMusicLover, Emily at MytacismMusic, rapper Prodbear and Josh at SOUND MATE! PR and of course long-time homie Vanessa at House in the Sand as they’ve all helped make this whole starting over lark relatively stress-free and lovely.

The feelgood theme of Sounds Good has helped replenish my desire to write about music once again. It’s a blog that makes all of the writing, proofreading and scheduling fun to do, because I know that there’s a load of people supporting me along the way. I’ve also been able to have fun with the blog too, by writing genuinely stupid sentences and stories in reviews or via the Monthly Playlists I do on Soundcloud. Writing is fun for me again. I think it also proves that sometimes it’s okay to walk away from something that becomes a burden, and that life shouldn’t be about a perpetual battle to overcome the difficult things. Just have fun, and happiness will follow. Love you guys, have a lovely week. – Adam.



6 comments on “Liner Notes #2 / Sounds Good, S’all Good

  1. Adam, first off, thank you so much for the acknowledgement. It seriously means a lot to me! Second, I just adore your casual but still amazingly articulate writing style. I wish I could lose my tendency to write so “technically” that was ingrained back in graduate school and my years working as an urban planner. I am starting to understand how you burned out from the constant barrage of requests for reviews, as I’m beginning to get those too. On the one hand, it’s flattering that musicians, bands and their producers want lil’ old me to write a review of their album, EP, single or whatever, but when I don’t feel personally excited about the music – and not wanting to write a negative review – it becomes a chore to try and write a positive review. I haven’t had to tell someone “no” yet, but I know that day will come. I’m glad you’re enjoying it again, and I do still enjoy what I’m doing. It just takes me a lot longer to articulate my feelings for the music, so I get backed up.

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    • Jeff as always you are the best! Thank you so much for the kind words and for your thoughts on writing about music.

      To me, writing began to feel like picking releases from an ever-expanding list. I’d feel bad for those who submitted music months ago, or friends who want me to help them out or PR people’s second and third chaser email about a release. It didn’t really feel like I was in full control of what I wanted to write about as much as trying to constantly shave off bits of the backlog instead. It was getting too much. At one point I’d spend 3/4 hours listening to every piece of music I received just so I could organise the inbox. It was mental.

      I’m glad you’re still enjoying it dude. It is flattering to have somebody want your words on their music but sometimes you need to realise that it is your blog at the end of the day, so you can take things at your own pace.

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      • How do you handle the requests now, Adam, and how will you handle them as they increase in volume?


      • Right now the submissions are much lower so more controllable. I have a spreadsheet I stick everything on and will look to write about whatever’s coming out/out on the closest dates. How about you?


  2. I keep a list of artists/bands I need to review, either by request or those I wish to write about just because I really like them. I try to order them by request date or a date requested by the artists, such as prior to album release. For instance, I posted a review last Friday for a new album that was released the following day. I just re-read an email from an artist to whom I committed to write a review on August 12. I told him it would 2-3 weeks, and here it is nearly 2 months and I still haven’t done it. Part of the delay is due to a backlog that I’m now getting ahead of, and part is due to the fact that I wasn’t all that excited about his music when I listened to some of it back in August. Sigh… Are you now writing reviews for all your submissions, or picking and choosing only those you like?

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    • It sounds like a good idea to note when the submission came in, i might add that in to the spreadsheet!

      It is tough to write about something if it’s not that great on the ears, but I’ll try my best to pick out and just talk about the good tracks if it’s an album or something. How did you manage to get ahead on the backlog? That’s impressive dude.

      I’ve been fortunate enough to have the submissions received for SG be pretty good! Though I’ve had to drop one or two due to the release date. If it was released months ago then I won’t make it a priority unless it was really good, or really weird (like justatethebootyandifeelgood).


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