Motivated Self-Interest: Musings on print publishing and the web

Okay, so I haven’t written about Yonder Mountain String Band yet.  I will, eventually, I have some very pertinent things to say about Yonder at some point, when I get the time.  And that’s the crux of my problems at the moment–a sheer lack of time.

Like a lot of folks these days, particularly in the publishing industry, I work two full-time jobs.  I am a Vet Tech at a local clinic and I’m the editor, webmaster, editorial page designer, writer, photographer, etc for The Chesapeake Bay boating magazine, The Mariner.  I have a pretty full schedule.

I do have every intention of getting this off the ground and running in a lot of ways, but, as yet, time has not allowed.  But I have a spare few minutes today, so here goes.  I recently started a blog-style website for The Mariner, not so much to replicate the magazine, but to supplement it.  It’s been an interesting exercise so far (it’s been live for about three and a half weeks) and I’m about to try and tie it in to everything boating related on the Chesapeake Bay.

I’ve been somewhat outspoken in the past with regards to my feelings on the future of publishing, and this is a pretty good opportunity for me to try and cross-promote a print magazine and a website, two things that many people consider to be at cross purposes in a lot of ways.  Can it be done without robbing Peter to pay Paul?  I’ll find out.  A new print issue of The Mariner is getting delivered even as I type, and in there, right on premium page 4, is my editor’s column trumpeting the new site.  I’ve read many an opinion on the net that supports the belief that the audience for print and the web are two distinctly different groups.  I’m going to be very interested to see what, if any, uptick the website gets when the magazine gets out.  I tend not to believe opinions I read, especially expert ones.  They’re good for ideas, insight and occasional guideposts, but I prefer first hand experience every time.

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Published in: on July 22, 2009 at 6:05 pm  Comments (1)  
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Over Yonder in Lancaster

Yonder Mountain String Band at Sunshine Daydreams in West Virginia circa 2004.

Yonder Mountain String Band at Sunshine Daydreams in West Virginia circa 2003.

I’m still in the process of setting this blog up, but I thought I’d put a little something up on the site just so it doesn’t look so blank.  These fine looking gentlemen are Yonder Mountain String Band, one of my favorite bands out there.  Last Wednesday night, July 1, I got yet another opportunity to see them put on their high-energy bluegrass-jazz-blues-rock-freeform jamming show at the Chameleon Club in Lancaster, PA.  The show was fantastic as always, a John Hartford fan’s dream with three Hartford tunes–Howard Hughes Blues, a ripping Cuckoo’s Nest, and the ever-popular Two Hits and the Joint Turned Brown.  The pic here I took myself at a music festival in West Virginia a few years back.  This was taken about a half hour before John Popper, the harmonica virtuoso from Blues Traveler, took the stage for a little jamming with the band.  You can check out that particular show here. It’s free and, more importantly, legal.

And that’s the point.  Yonder was my first experience with how the internet changed the way we all get exposed to new and different things.  I only ran across them because I happened to see a show available to download as MP3′s on a website called Nugs.net way back in 2000.  There’s a lot of interesting things that have gone on over the years with regards to file sharing, downloading and spreading music over the net, much of it good for the artists and the bands, but some of it, self-serving statutes and lawsuits, very bad.  For my first trick on the new site here, I’ll be discussing this, my experiences with Yonder and how it opened up a world of music I never knew existed, and how bands like them have been able to take advantage of the internet to build a career away from the mainstream recording industry.  In the meantime, check out some of their music, and when they come touring around this area again, go see a show.  You won’t regret it.

Published in: on July 4, 2009 at 5:34 pm  Leave a Comment  
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