A Re-Introduction to Me,Myself,Music and Mysteries!
I am Edward Karn, the Me in the blog title. I am a 65 year-old, semi-retired, liberal member of the Sanders- Warren wing of the Democratic Party. For 41 of those years, I have been happily married to Kathleen Clarke Karn. We are the proud parents of four children. Nicholas, Andrew, Peter and Elizabeth. We are also the equally proud grandparents of Oliver, son of Andrew and his wife Meaghan and Zoe daughter of Peter and Melissa. I’m telling you about them because you may read an occasional story about them
Part One – The Music
Mostly though I will be writing about the music that I listen to and the books that I read. Music is entwined in my daily life. Music often provides the soundtrack for a variety of the activities that keep me busy. It provides the soundtrack for my morning yoga, my runs and walks and most times when I’m reading. My music also is with me on my way to my part-time job at Target,as well as, on various shopping trips!
I love a wide variety of music including: Americana (folk, ,blues and bluegrass), jazz, New Age and progressive rock, as well as, classic rock. As a rule, I listen to certain genres while doing certain things. For example I listen to new age during my morning yoga or when I’m meditating. Jazz is for reading, while progressive rock (prog rock). Americana and Blues often become the soundtrack for my runs.
Initially, I envisioned that the music I would write about would be my favorites that I have listened to since the 60s. and many of the posts that you find on this site are about those artists. You will find many posts about the music of folks like Tom Paxton, Tom
Rush, John Prine
, and Jerry Jeff Walker
. But I don’t like to only listen to the same music over and over, yeah right,
I also love to discover new music. I really started to do that when my two oldest sons became teenagers and we would visit Tunes in Marlton, NJ on a weekly basis I found tons and tons of new music and artist that I loved. The majority of those artists played music that was either folk, blues or Americana. Many of them were Texas Country musicians like Pat Green, Jack Ingram and others.
When I started this blog I continued to search out new artists. In addition to going to used CD stores I also started to scour music charts to find new music. The charts that I used ,and still continue to use, include: Roots Music Report, the Americana Music Chart, the Euro-Americana Music Chart and the Freeform Radio Music Chart (the FAR Charts) For me finding and artist on the chart and then going to Spotify
and listening to their music is more exciting than getting a promo copy of an album in the mail.
Me, Myself, Music and Mysteries Expands
As the blog progressed I started to expand the genres that I listened to and started to explore both jazz and progressive rock. I started to use the Jazz birthdays at AllAboutJazz.com to explore jazz musicians new and old that I didn’t know. In addition I started to use the JazzWeek
chart to find current music. Around the same time that I started to explore jazz in more depth I also started to explore prog rock.
– what you will find here is a wide variety of music that I like. I try in my posts is to write a little about the artist and/or band. Then I write a little about the album. Finally, I tell you what I think about the album.My usual comment is, I liked it! duh! A video is usually provided at the end of a post to introduce the reader to the artist’s music.What you won’t find is a deep analysis of the music. My posts are more – here it is – check it out it’s good stuff! My ultimate wish is for you to check it out and maybe you’ll like it too!
NEXT UP The Mysteries……