Friday, November 7, 2008

Final column in the ER

By Melody Stone, Rock Journalist

I just got off an airplane. My favorite part is landing, feeling the wheels hit the ground, knowing I’ve arrived. At this moment, however, I feel I’ve begun a long flight with no sign of landing, it’s uncomfortable. As you probably already know, The Eureka Reporter is no longer, and my favorite section (this one) will no longer be printed.
For the last 10 months I’ve poured my heart and soul into these pages. It’s been hard, fun, trying, exciting, wonderful, and more.
I set out to be a rock journalist and, after four years of school and freelancing, the ER took a chance on me. I can’t thank Glenn Franco Simmons and Diane Batley enough for taking that risk. Shortly after I started, e launched and I have overseen every e section printed, and this will be the last.
This scene is so wonderful and diverse. I was just down in San Francisco and San Luis Obispo County and I saw a distinct lack of hand-made concert fliers and lack of all-ages, live-music venues. We have Mosgo’s, The Placebo, Big Pete’s, and the options continue with 21+ venues. There’s never a lack of beautiful, raw, inspiring music to be had, from all genres. I tried to find a single election day concert in San Luis Obispo and failed.
Thank you to Strix Vega, The Ian Fays, The Rubberneckers, The Ravens, The Monster Women, the guys from Laden Swallow, Broken Scones, Huckleberry Flint, The Bucky Walters, Sadistic Hallucinations, The Tao Jonsers, Double Threat, Hey Eleanor, and many, many more. Thanks not only for giving me great stories and column fodder, but for being real, for being true, and for doing it for the music.
I’m going to miss a lot of things about this place, my coworkers, most of whom I knew from the Lumberjack, and the rest I became friends with here. I love talking to new people, I love asking questions and getting people’s stories, and I’ll continue to do those things. Thanks to my faithful readers. I can’t tell you the thrill I got from hearing a mention of my column on KSLG or KHUM, or a shout-out from a band during a concert.
I don’t know what comes next, but I will continue blogging about music and covering the scene at www.melody-stone.blogspot.com, and you’ll see me at shows for sure.
Thanks for reading, and here’s my show suggestions for this weekend.
On Sunday, I’ll be at Old Crow Medicine Show at Humboldt State University. On Friday, I’m going to try to get out to the Lil’ Red Lion in Eureka to see Svelte Velvet because I still haven’t seen them, but have heard lots of good things. On Tuesday, I’ll be front and center for Mason Jennings’ show at HSU.

(Melody can be reached through her blog at www.melody-stone.blogspot.com)
(Opinions expressed in columns do not necessarily represent those of The Eureka Reporter or its staff.)

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