Hi, everybody! A ton has happened in the, erm, embarrassingly long time since I posted here. But! I promise I can explain!
1. I made myself a promise a long time ago that every post here would have a *thing* in it. There are already a lot of voices crying in the digital wilderness, and I didn’t want to be one more nagging for your attention without giving you anything in return. That’s why every post here had a recording, or a drawing, or a bit of pop crit in it. Every post had to give you a produced work.
I’ve spent 2013 so far being good and arty, but not in ways that let me share any produced works. I was in a band for five months with two lovely friends, writing songs, rehearsing every week, and generally having the time of our lives. We never made recordings, though, and since the songs were our common property, I didn’t feel right making demos myself and sharing them here. So there was a lot of creativity but no finished product — and so no posts.
Sadly, that band split up a few weeks ago.
2. Now I’m trying to launch myself as a singer/songwriter/musician at large in New York, which is incredibly scary and is taking…well, just about as much work as you’d expect. (I. am. exhausted.) But it’s also incredibly exciting, and I’m very proud to point you to my new website qua musician: ardenrb.wordpress.com.
woo, look, it’s me! YES I KNOW THE EIGHTH NOTE IS BACKWARDS
That’s where you’ll find my new recordings*, music-related musings, and updates about my hopefully meteoric rise to stardom. You should totally add it to your Bookmarks folder.
“Oh, Something Arty”, meanwhile, will continue to cover the other facets of my ongoing dilettantism, including film/books/video games and whatever musical opinions I hold that are sufficiently inflammatory that I want to keep them away from my professional page. I’m looking forward to reviving the iTunes Top 10 series, and I have some posts about songwriting I’ve been sitting on for a long time. AND I’m even thinking about continuing the A Study in Sherlock series. Stick around!
And as always, my Twitter feed will play the great unifier, spitting out links to posts on both sites. If you’re interested in keeping tabs on both sides of me, that’s definitely the best way.
So! That’s where I’m headed now. I hope you’ll come with me.
*A note on recordings: since I’m trying to be all professional and impressive and stuff, I’ve taken down all my recordings except “Whoa, Romney” and “Call Him Out”. All the covers had to go; it turns out I didn’t have the rights to post them to bandcamp, and I want to do this by the book. The other originals weren’t polished enough to stand as a first impression to whatever professional types might (hopefully) check me out. So I’ve also taken down all the posts on this site that featured recordings other than those two songs, which is consistent anyway with the general shift away from Arden-as-musician on this site.