...that we here at BOTG will be doing our annual Rocktober month once again. All music, all the time. Hopefully, all rock, all the time, unless Billy goes too deep into the 80's, which were indeed something, but maybe not rock, at least not all the time.
Long time readers of this blog are wondering, of course, if Bob will finally write his post about the greatest rock band in history, that one named after a dildo in William Burroughs' Naked Lunch. They also must be wondering what updates to the rock world we will be able to offer in 2014. Or will we merely wax nostalgic about the past, when rock was young and so were we? I guess you'll have to read and find out.
Because Rocktober is also the month of Halloween. I suspect we will touch on that pagan subject as well, though I predict that Bob may write about a very sacred subject that will generate a lot of (relatively) mail. This is the month when he dissed the Stones' work after 1973, a topic which still reverberates around fan sites even today.
Maybe it is also when he shut the Avetts down, too, though that is a less controversial topic these days, since that entity mostly wore itself out with lightweight, overwrought emotional, pseudo-Christian fare. People who once pledged their eternal love to the Avetts have moved on, as is often the case with eternal lovers.
Rocktober can also be a great tool to discover what might have passed you by. Music moves fast; unless you have unlimited financial resources or no scruples, it can be difficult to keep up. Even if you have access to "everything" via Spotify, it can still be impossible to keep up. More to listen than there is time to listen.
Safe to say that for all of us, there are unknown gems from the six decades of rock that we would be pleased to hear for the first time. Rocktober is for that.
I also suspect that Billy and I (I'm done referring to myself in the 3rd person) will review a thing or two, despite what Angry Bill or Douchey Bob or whatever that Internet troll's name was and what he had to say about my reviews. It is a sad world when late-night loners dominate the cyber waves, and those of us with some balance in our lives have to combat that. And we will.
So even if you aren't crazy about music or aren't interested in keeping up or just plain have moved on to other things, I will promise you this: we will be entertaining. Even if you are not particularly interested in our topics, we are good enough to offer a gem of a sentence once in awhile or even an insight that hasn't come to anyone else yet.
We started out writing about music, and it continues to be one of the things that we do best, so hang with us as the air cools and the days shorten and the flavor of pumpkin permeates everything from salsa to beer. October is a strange month in so many ways, and we are often pretty strange ourselves, so it should be a good fit.
I will finish also with an offer: Rocktober is a good month to write a guest blog. If you have some musical insight, we would happily feature your fresh perspective. The more ears we have attuned to music, the more we learn about it.