Now Entering the Terrible Twos

This is the week A Fifty Cent Lighter & A Whiskey Buzz celebrates two years on the scene, and I honestly can’t believe I’ve kept it up for this long. I certainly didn’t know how much work it was going to be when I started it. If I had, I might not have done it. Writing was never something that I ever particularly enjoyed throughout my academic career, and I had no reason to think that would ever change. Somehow… something about this whole blog thing has turned me around.

Every now and then I go back and read some of the stuff I posted in the earlier days of the site to get a little taste of nostalgia. Doing that also helps to remind me of what music had me excited at a certain point of time.
A look back to the site’s first month in July of 2008, actually reminds me of a fairly exciting time in my musical life. I got to attend concerts by John Hiatt, Tift Merritt, and The Old 97’s. I saw my high school friend and his upstart bluegrass band play Late Night with Conan O’Brien. I shared my thoughts on a couple of Essential Albums and fell in love with a couple of new ones. I got my first music submission to the site directly from an artist. I even made a case for The Dixie Chicks to become the flag bearers for the Americana genre.
Mostly, I just fumbled around trying to find my voice and figure out what exactly it was I wanted to do with this site. It was a time before the IFPI and international copyright infringement threats. It was a lot of fun… and it still is.
Things may slow down a bit here over the next month or so as I deal with real life for a while. My wife and I are expecting our first child in a few short weeks, and I suspect it will take me some time to find a proper balance between my jobs (plural), my wife, my child, my dog, and this place. I’m also looking to move the blog to a new host… I’m sure that will eat up some time.
This post may seem a tad self-indulgent, but it’s really just to share how much I’ve enjoyed the last two years writing this site and how much I look forward to wherever it might be headed.
Today, I’d like to share a track from Son Volt’s 1995 album Trace. Trace was the first album I reviewed in this space and, in many ways, the inspiration for this site. I originally wanted to call this place Searching for a Truer Sound from the song “Windfall” until I realized that name was essentially already taken. This song was written by Ron Wood of The Rolling Stones, and appears as the album closing track on Trace.
Son Volt: Mystifies Me (Buy Album)

6 Responses to “Now Entering the Terrible Twos”

  1. Congrats on hanging around. I seldom comment but I visit your blog regularly & have enjoyed it.

  2. I still read every post, Nelson, enjoying the new songs, appreciating and rethinking the familiar ones as your voice guides us through. And congrats on impending fatherhood – it'll require a rebalance, but honestly, being able to share and pass on the passion is a joy indescribable, eminently worth the change.

  3. Happy anniversary! You write like an oldtimer. 🙂

  4. Happy birthday A Fifty Cent Lighter.
    Good luck with baby.
    Keep on blogging.

  5. Great minds think alike eh!

    Congrats on the anniversary. You know I'm a huge Scott Miller fan so I've always dug what you do here. I always listen to WDVX when I'm in the area too. Hope to make it back down to Knox for another show soon and we'll have to meet up.

  6. Chad Hellwinckel Says:

    Keep it up. Wednesday and Friday's, when you're spinning the music, are my favorite listening times, and then I come to your blog to learn more about what I like. Thanks Nelson!

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