Nothing strange and nothing to spit on

After a 62-day streak of publishing one post each day (my initial goal was 50 days, after I had reached 40 posts in a row), I’ve decided that starting from next week, I’m going to reduce the frequency of blogging back to what it used to be, which is about three to four posts a week. While I love writing about my favorite subject music, publishing seven days a week has taken a significant amount of time – time I obviously haven’t been able to spend otherwise.

Along with this reduction in posting frequency, I’m also planning a few other changes. This includes retiring Wednesday’s Hump Day Picker-Upper posts and replacing them with a new weekly feature I’m going to unveil next Wednesday. I’m also considering consolidating some of my current blog categories. The current number of 20 does seem to be a bit excessive. Obviously, any reduction in categories and reindexing of previous posts are more of behind-the-scenes changes.

Since this is a music blog, of course, this post wouldn’t be complete with at least one song. Perhaps not surprisingly, the first tune that came to mind in the current context is one of my favorite songs by David Bowie: Changes.

Written by Bowie, Changes first appeared on the British artist’s fourth studio album Hunky Dory from December 1971. The song was also released separately as the record’s first single in January 1972.

To my surprise, Changes didn’t chart in the UK at the time it came out. In the U.S., it initially climbed to no. 66 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1972. It re-entered that chart in 1974 and peaked at no. 41. In the UK, the song resurfaced as well and got to no. 49, but it wasn’t until 2016 following Bowie’s death. Wikipedia doesn’t list any other chart placements – strange!

Here’s some additional background on the great tune from Songfacts: This is a reflective song about defying your critics and stepping out on your own. It also touches on Bowie’s penchant for artistic reinvention. Bowie wrote this when he was going through a lot of personal change. Bowie’s wife, Angela, was pregnant with the couple’s first child, Duncan. Bowie got along very well with his father and was very excited to have a child of his own. This optimism shines through in “Changes.”

According to Bowie, this started out as a parody of a nightclub song – “kind of throwaway” – but people kept chanting for it at concerts and thus it became one of his most popular and enduring songs. Bowie had no idea it was going to become so successful, but the song connected with his young audience who could relate to lyrics like “These children that you spit on as they try to change their worlds, are immune to your consultations, they’re quite aware of what they’re going through.”

Bowie played the sax on this track, and his guitarist, Mick Ronson, arranged the strings. Rick Wakeman, who would later become a member of the prog rock band, Yes, played the piano parts at the beginning and end. Bowie gave Wakeman a lot of freedom, telling him to play the song like it was a piano piece. The piano Wakeman played was the famous 100-year old Bechstein at Trident Studios in London, where the album was recorded; the same piano used by Elton John, The Beatles and Genesis.

Sources: Wikipedia; Songfacts; YouTube

20 thoughts on “Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes”

  1. As a regular reader, I was thinking of suggesting that. But I wasn’t sure if it was my place to say that as hey, it’s your blog. But yeah, that’s a lot of posts and a lot of words/songs per post. It’s not that the quality isn’t there. It’s just that it’s damn near impossible to keep up and I find myself missing new music or some album I really want to hear. I’ve found over time that in the blogosphere, less is more. That’s why I’m personally only posting maybe one/two times a week. Gives people a chance to read, reflect and listen, otherwise, it’s like a freight train going by. Do you know that in 2016 I had 176 (!) posts? That gave me 7 comments/post. Last year I had 70 posts and 21 comments per post.

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      1. So can I. I always feel this need to find out everything about everything and squeeze it into a post. But now I notice that my average post length has gone from about 1100 down to 8 or 900 words. I like that better. Plus, it takes me about two hours to write a post so in order to keep at it and not burn myself out or run out of ideas, I’m pacing myself. I also doubt if I’ll do many more series. Too much work for too little feedback.

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  2. I enjoyed the everyday posts Christian… but I get it. Now I have 34 scheduled to go one a day…so I don’t have to worry about it every night… At one time I waited until the night before…I had to stop doing that.

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    1. Max, how in the world do you manage to have 34 post already written ahead of time!?! I’m a terrible procrastinator with terrible discipline, and always write my posts last minute. Because I dislike writing so much, I would never have the initiative, motivation or enthusiasm to write a bunch of posts ahead of time. Some of you bloggers really blow my mind!

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      1. My posts are short and if you notice lately…they have been low-hanging fruit…good songs but easy songs to write about. I took around 4-5 hours on Saturday and started to write them. Plus the TZ’s are simple.

        Now that I’m ahead I want to write about more of the unknown power pop bands that are harder to research. My workload has eased up now.

        After the TZ’s end…I am taking a break. I am a procrastinator also and this is about the only thing I’m actally on time about.
        I can’t imagine how much time you have in it. You don’t have the advantage I do. The internet is full of the Beatles/classic rock…not your stuff. I got a taste of it when trying to find out about unknown bands from the 80s.

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      2. I’m starting to get there Jeff. In April I’ll finish the TZ and I am going to take some kind of break.
        What I enjoy is the interaction with comments…but I’m getting tired.

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      3. With my line of work…I’m always on a computer. That makes commenting much easier… I’m basically a fireman with IT so I’m always waiting on a fire…in between I have time. I couldn’t do what I do if I worked somewhere else.
        Now that I’m ahead…I hope to do some power pop posts soon…like I should be doing lol.

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    2. Yeah, how the hell do you guys have so much stored up? I have a handful of drafts that may or may not ever get finished. But essentially I’m a just-in-time guy. I write a post, publish it, then do the same thing a week later. Sometimes two in a week. I guess we all find our own cadence.

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      1. I’m on a computer a lot…I’m an IT Director with time in between things…one day around a year ago I finished all of my drafts and got ahead…and I’ve stayed that way most of the time. I never have written long posts though…mine are mostly blurbs. Some facts mixed with my personal feeling and it’s ready.


      2. Interesting. I’m on the computer a lot too (for the record I’m a project manager who works remotely) but I find that I need to be inspired to write anything. Once it hits, I’m all over it.

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      3. I’m like that a lot. If I just try to write one on order…it doesn’t come out well. I get on a roll and do 3 or 4…then it leaves. I may not write a post in one or two weeks at a time.

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      4. Once you’ve built up your kind of inventory, I guess you can afford taking breaks while still posting daily – kind of neat, actually.

        I think Jim is right that part of my challenge is my posts tend to be on the long side. As such, on average it takes longer to write them. Another challenge is some of my recurring features take a good deal of time for research.

        I enjoy all of it, except it’s simply taken up too much time, which is why I have to cut back.

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      5. Yea I keep mine kinda short and sweet. Once in a while I’ll write a longer one.
        The part I really enjoy is this…talking to like-minded fans. I like the interaction…

        The harder ones are the unknown 80s power pop bands that have less info out. They are a lot of fun though.

        Coming up I do have a week of easy ones…1970s AM Gold songs…those songs that everyone knows.

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