So you might have noticed a bit more activity on the Atlanta Music Scene blog lately.
That’s very perceptive, because we planned it that way!
Considering that Atlanta has such a tremendous and diverse music landscape, we’ve decided to re-dedicate ourselves to coverage, and I’ll be your conductor on this ride.
Starting now, you’ll see several postings a day about music – local and national, concert reviews and breaking news, maybe even a goofy video or two to distract you during a boring workday. You’ll still receive all of your hot ticket info from Shane Harrison, too.
On Tuesdays, I’ll give you a heads-up about new releases for the week and on Fridays, some kind of fun list. We love lists, and know that nothing starts a livelier debate than, say, deeming Starship’s “We Built This City” the worst song ever. See? You either just nodded vigorously in agreement or screamed an obscenity at your computer, didn’t you?
Count on more of that.
There will be times you agree with me and times you despise me. I’m happy with either reaction. I just ask that you keep things civil in the comments section and for God’s sake, please keep those comments relevant to the post. If you want to turn a musical musing into a political debate, my colleague Jim Galloway has the perfect outlet for you (though he would appreciate civility, too).
If you’re curious about my music-writing background, here’s the CliffsNotes version: I’ve been at the AJC since September 2010, where I frequently wrote about music, but primarily handled the Georgia Aquarium, Zoo Atlanta, Fernbank Museum of Natural History and random lifestyle and entertainment stories.
In my previous life, I held the esteemed “pop music critic” and “columnist” titles at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, where I worked for 14 years. I saw approximately 1,200 concerts – many of them in D.C. and Virginia Beach since, let’s be honest, Richmond doesn’t attract a fraction of Atlanta’s musical offerings – worked alongside some lifelong friends and loved many minutes of it.
I’m originally from South Florida – my first job while in college was as the assistant pop music/radio writer at the Sun-Sentinel – but my family hails from Brooklyn so yep, I’m a northern soul.
I’ve played the drums since I was 12, but that activity is on hiatus since my husband and I live in a shoebox apartment with our two cats — and we happen to like our neighbors.
Given my upbringing, I’m a big fan of Billy Joel and the Jersey trinity of Springsteen, Sinatra and Bon Jovi.
Sorry again. At least for part of it.
But my musical tastes go beyond those guys. Whether it’s U2 or the Rolling Stones in a stadium or Shelby Lynne or Dar Williams in a club, I’m interested. If you rummage through my car, you’re likely to find a Beatles CD crammed next to stuff from Janelle Monae, Lady Gaga, B.o.B., Foo Fighters, Keith Urban, Barry Manilow, Duran Duran, Beyonce, Adele, the Black Keys and Drake.
Here’s what else you should know about me: I like gambling, pro football (go Dolphins!), cats and Howard Stern. But I do not like pina coladas, or, for that matter, getting caught in the rain. Especially not in this humidity.
But that’s enough about me. This is also your chance to tell me the types of stories you’d like to see covered. I can’t promise anything, but I’m always willing to listen.
By Melissa Ruggieri, Atlanta Music Scene