Monday, August 03, 2009

a tentative foot back into the water...

Well, I've been away from ECEU for a little over three months now, and I'm seriously toying with the notion of jumping back in. I think I was able to get enough distance from the site over these past few months to realize that, hassles aside, it was something I did genuinely enjoy doing most of the time, and, while I have no doubts the site can't run forever, I do think I pulled the plug rather hastily on something that had been a labor of love for nearly four years, for misguided reasons and frustrations. I don't regret the time away, it was entirely worth it for many, many reasons, but I think I'm almost ready to be able to come back to it again, with fresh eyes and ears.

Unfortunately, I deleted all the posts when I shut things down back in April, so the site as it was previously won't be back if I come back - but at the same time, perhaps that will give me the chance to start anew?

Anyway, while I grapple with this for a week or so - fully aware that I lost the vast majority of my readers many moons ago (google analytics don't lie!), as declaring your site over and done does often tend to cut down one's readership - I thought I'd let you know, a little over halfway through this year, the five records I've been listening to the most (so far) in 2009:

Hold Time - M. Ward ( video: "One Hundred Million Years", live at SXSW 2009 )
Veckatimest - Grizzly Bear ( mp3: "While You Wait for the Others" )
Upper Air - Bowerbirds ( mp3: "Northern Lights" )
Wilco (the album) - Wilco ( video: "You and I" w/ Feist, live on Letterman)
Vacilando Territory Blues - J. Tillman ( mp3: "James Blues" )

And, since you can't ever really take the Elliott Smith out of ECEU, I'll make a final decision on whether or not to re-open ECEU for business on August 6th (Thursday), which would have been Elliott's 40th (!!) birthday.


Anonymous mk said...

I'm sure I'm not the only one who left you in the google reader. I'm sure the readers will come back if you do...

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Anonymous Kelly said...

It's good to see you back. I smiled when I saw ECEU bolded in my google reader!

7:18 PM  
Blogger bd said...

ditto to the above posts. overjoyed to see this blog pop back up in reader.
also i'm a big fan of wilco (love the new album) and just bought hold time as well.

40 year old elliott says to come back!!

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Blogger gotafli said...

Fantastic. Welcome back! Right the hell on.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please come back! I randomly check your blog every couple weeks just in case you decide to post something and I was super excited to read this. Come back. Please. I swear I'm not a creepy stalker, I just depend on your knowledge of music that I will eventually grow to love.

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