Four years ago today, I launched JazzWax on a dare. Today, the site has become a place of relaxation for thousands of daily readers worldwide. As of yesterday, JazzWax had 973,995 lifetime page views—just shy of 1 million. JazzWax also is on Twitter and Facebook, where it has 1,762 followers and 804 friends, respectively.
Ultimately, JazzWax is about you, the reader, and our mutual interest in jazz and other cultural things that make us feel good. From time to time I write about architecture, rock, art, soul, R&B and even disco—all under the assumption that you've come to trust my taste and that what I enjoy you either already enjoy or should at least give it a try.
I must say it has been an honor and a privilege to write this column daily. People ask how I've been able to write JazzWax six days a week for four years without flagging. I'm not new to writing, running publications or engaging audiences with content, so I understood from the start what something like this would demand and the standards I would need to uphold. I also understand inventories, planning ahead and making sure everyone feels welcome and appreciated.
A few words about JazzWax's mission and principles...
I write most often about jazz but from time to time I like to write about other types of music and subjects that I think will interest you.
JazzWax accepts advertising—but I'm always open and honest about this. I also alert advertisers from the start that editorial and advertising are two different departments, and that editorial coverage is not an attempt to solicit an ad and that running an ad doesn't guarantee editorial coverage.
What I choose to write about is based solely on the quality of the music that I hear and nothing more. Fortunately, JazzWax is not how I pay the rent, so I am beholden to no one.
Record companies and publicists send me free CDs all the time—but usually only when requested. Such requests are made because I have an interest in writing about the music. My reviews always come from the heart and are not motivated by a neurotic need to accumulate music.
As every major record label knows by now, I won't write about albums just because they are free and there's nothing that can motivate me to do so.
I don't pan albums. Why? My feeling is art is hard enough, and the last thing musicians and singers need is me having fun at their expense. Albums I don't like I pass on. I only write about the music I love.
If for some reason you don't see a comment you've posted, I assure you I did not ban it or take it down. However, I do have a very sensitive and sophisticated spam filter. If your comment winds up in there, it's likely that you used words that have been flagged.
If you've posted a Comment but don't see it, email me and I'll take a look in my spam folder.
I try to answer almost every email instantly. If I don't, it's usually because I'm on assignment someplace here or abroad and cannot do so quickly. The more compact your email, the faster the reply.
If you want to print out an article, click on the word Permalink at the bottom of a post. Up will come a page that's devoted just to that post. Then print.
Each interview under "JazzWax Interviews" in the right-hand column is often just Part 1 of a multipart conversation. To access the other parts, simply go to the top of the page, above the red date. There you'll see "Part 2." Click and follow along through the series.
Wow, four years. Thank you one and all for returning each day. I hope I've been able to provide you with a daily sanctuary from the madness and left you with a spot of good cheer as you head off on your way.
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