Saturday, December 29, 2007

Going Live Wednesday

I decided to blog about the music I collected when I was a small child, rather than write about more well-known music that I have enjoyed over the years, because every song I will feature this year has a strong memory linked to it. Most people associate certain songs with specific times, places, or people. All of my upcoming blog songs relate to my home, but they relate in bittersweet ways to events that are long past and to people who are no longer alive. How many memories can you attach to 104 songs? I'll tell you in December of 2008.

I look forward to sharing the music, the stories, and the responses of my readers. 2008 will be an excellent year for me, thanks in part to this blog and the community that is forming around it.

Look for the first big post on Wednesday, January 2, 2008. It will be a bit long, because I have to set the background for the whole year. After that first post, the essays should look less daunting length-wise. The music will almost always be a bit out of the mainstream.

See you Wednesday!

Seán Dwyer (caithiseach)

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Coming VERY Soon!

On December 1, I said I was going to begin a music blog in a month. I'm on schedule for a January 2, 2008 launch. Today and on Saturday, my posting days, I will give you a bit of background on the subject matter of this blog.

In the 1960s, I received many 45s as gifts. They were often radio-station discards, 45s that had sat in the regular bins for a long time, or label cutouts. As such, they tended not to be hits, and many of the artists (and labels) were heard from just once.

While I will focus on the really obscure songs I own, the overall concept of the blog is to explore my musical formation via vinyl I owned and played from the time I was two years old. You can hear how much I loved playing records when I was very young if you check out this clip.

I'll tell you a bit more about why this music matters to me on Saturday. See you then!


Saturday, December 1, 2007

Coming soon!

Greetings! Beginning January 2, 2008, you will be able to read a new music blog at this address. The focus will be extremely obscure vinyl singles I have owned since the early 1960s--and in some cases, 45s I lost and have reacquired. Expect two posts per week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. I will upload the songs for your amusement, and I will include details on the artists and everyone associated with the songs, to the degree that information is available for such obscure music.

If the concept succeeds, I will continue the blog into 2009, though I will exhaust my personal collection of obscure 45s at the end of 2008.

Thanks for looking, and I hope to see you in January. In the meantime, please visit my site at

Regards, Seán Dwyer