I am new to Cake and not quite sure how it works, but what the heck.
A little about myself:
I am a singer/ songwriter/ musician/ bandleader of 40+ yrs (and a very poor typist). A little more than a year ago my wife and I moved from the SF Bay Area to the Southeast. We both felt we were in ruts and that a big move could lead to a grand new adventure - and it has! We love the south, are weathering our grand adventure, and we have no regrets about the choice we made.
What I left behind in the Bay Area were all my musical connections: musicians with which I had formed decades long relationships; venues at which I had cultivated long-term professional relationships; a network that had become very comfortable & rewarding for me. I knew full well what I was abandoning when I made the decision to move, and once again, I have no regrets.
But needing to remain creative while I establish similar musical connections in my new home, I have turned to blogging. This is not something I would have seen myself doing a few years back, but I had had for a while the desire to do features on a musical genre that has long been a favorite of mine: train songs. Last summer I began writing and compiling posts with each one focusing on a particular train song; it's author and/or recording artist, and what place the song may hold in our popular culture. I found that Wikipedia has an alphabetical list of over 1,000 train songs, so I think I have plenty of source material.
Along the way I realized that another favorite musical genre - cowboy songs - would make an appropriate companion to the train features, and while it is all still a work in progress, you can view the gestated offspring at:
Now that I have hung up my shingle as a blogger, the challenge of course is to find readers. I suppose that is why I am exploring the Cake environs: hoping that I may encounter experienced bloggers, who have tasted success in finding an audience, who may be willing to impart some crumbs of wisdom. I am also hoping that there may be other Cake users out there that enjoy the same musical genres as I do, which may even lead to material for future blog entries.
Maybe this initial post has become somewhat wordy. As I mentioned, I'm new here. I'll sign off for now, but would love to hear from anyone who may have the slightest interest in what I have described.