For the One-Thousand’s Time on This Channel

The time has come for a bit of self-promotion, something I usually shy away from. While it’s not my personality to highlight my accomplishments, I felt the 1000th post on Christian’s Music Musings warrants an exception.

When I started the blog on June 25, 2016, I really had no idea whether I would stick with it. To me, looking back at my early posts feels funny and at times a bit embarrassing. Like with many other things I guess there’s a learning curve for blogging. I want to believe my writing and the look and feel of the blog have improved over time.

While at the end of the day my main goal is to have fun with this blog, I can’t deny receiving recognition feels reassuring. The stats WordPress provides draw a picture I find encouraging. I realize compared to other fellow bloggers my total numbers remain moderate, but thus far, the long-term trends look promising. Annual traffic of both total views and visitors has grown nicely over the past five years.

Annual number views and visitors

The picture is pretty similar for the numbers of “Likes” and “Comments.” The latter in particular is what I find most gratifying. I’d like to take this opportunity again to thank everybody who took the time to read and provide feedback. I enjoy exchanging facts and views, and hope you guys keep the comments coming!

Annual number of comments

My best-performing post to date is this piece from January 2018 about Bad Company’s 2016 album Live At Red Rocks. It has been seen more than 2,000 times and continues to get views – sometimes in what looks like random surges. While I’m not complaining and still stand behind the post, frankly, I don’t find anything special about it. I can safely say I invested significantly more time and effort in other posts.

Finally, since Christian’s Music Musings is a blog about a topic that has been a key hobby and passion for most of my life, this post would be incomplete without at least one song, don’t you agree? I figured the occasion calls for an upbeat tune that has the number 1,000 in the title: Land of 1000 Dances. I guess this is where my nerdy side emerged! 🙂

Written by American R&B singer and songwriter Chris Kenner, Land of 1000 Dances was first recorded and released by him in 1962. Wikipedia notes the song mentions the Pony, the Chicken, the Mashed Potatoe, the Alligator and 996 other dances. Just kidding, it’s actually 16 dances altogether – still pretty impressive!

The original has a slower tempo than the best-known version of the tune by Wilson Pickett I heard first and came to love many years ago. Recorded at the storied FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Ala., Pickett’s rendition first appeared as a single in July 1966. It was also included on his third studio album The Exciting Wilson Pickett from August of the same year. What a killer version!

And since three make a charm, let’s throw in another cover by the ultimate party group, The J. Geils Band. You just know when Peter Wolf and his bandmates take on a tune like Land of 1000 Dances it’s gotta be good! A live recording of their cover was included on the compilation Flashback: The Best of the J. Geils Band, which came out in March 1985. Here’s the official clip. It’s a perfect live song and The J. Geils Band are the perfect group to deliver it!

Sources: Wikipedia; YouTube

20 thoughts on “For the One-Thousand’s Time on This Channel”

  1. Wow, 1000!!! That’s a lot. That’s good that your blog is doing so well. Now I’m trying to think of other songs with 1000 in the title. The only one I could think of is The Night Has 1000 Eyes, by Bobby Vee. And also there was another version of Land of 1000 Dances by Cannibal & the Headhunters that I think was also a hit the same year as Wilson Picket’s. I think they were both top 10 hits. And I love all the versions. the Cannibal one sounds more like early sixties Rock, so that it sounds different enough to be interesting

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    1. Thanks, Sori. 🙂

      And, yes, I knew about Springsteen, in part since I saw him in Frankfurt during that tour. In fact, I wanted to feature his rendition first, since he does a great job. However, I couldn’t find a clip with just “Land of 1000 Dances.” Usually, he includes the tune in a medley, throwing in at least one additional tune!

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      1. Wow, that’s a great resource! I would have tried setlist.fm. Well, now we know.

        BTW, this show remains one of the best concerts I’ve visited to date. Bruce and the band really left it all on stage. It was so cool!

        Unfortunately, I have to attend to my paying job now. But please keep the comments coming coz I’ll be back! 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Paul, appreciate it. At the end of the day, it’s less about the stats and much more about the fun to blog about music. I think a big part of that is exchanging thoughts via comments. Not only do I feel I learn a lot in the process, but it also helps bring great artists like John Hiatt on my radar screen!

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    1. Thanks, Max, appreciate it! Obviously, you’re way past the 1,000 mark.

      I guess getting to 2,000 is going to take a bit of time. Even if I would continue to publish one post a day, which I doubt I can sustain, it would take me more than 2.5 years to get to 2,000. But, hopefully, I get there eventually! 🙂

      Thanks for reading and thanks for taking the time to comment!

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      1. It will happen before you know it! I started right after you did…I started in September of 2017.

        Thanks for writing these Christian because sometimes when I look at a new post of yours…I think…when did I write this? ….because we are very close in our music taste.

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  2. Well, congratulations for making it this far. You know it don’t come easy.I started a little ahead of you and frankly, I’ve seen ’em come and I’ve seen ’em go. Some people just run out of steam I guess. I suppose if I can give you one piece of advice it would be….

    Keep on rockin’ in the free world!

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