Three Years Old Today…

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Do you remember what you were doing on this day in 2012?

Here in the UK we were preparing for the London Olympics by grumbling about how much money it was going to cost and how we’d probably mess it up. The state of shock across the nation that we did a decent opening ceremony can still be felt today.

2012 was another notable year for music. B*Witched, Atomic Kitten and The Spice Girls all reformed and performed to nostalgic fans. Gary Barlow was awarded a CBE for services to the tax evasion industry. Ed Sheeran and One Direction won Brit Awards and Jon Lord of Deep Purple passed away, in what was probably an unrelated situation, but you can never be too sure.

Less newsworthy than all these things however, is that on this day three years ago Every Record Tells A Story first graced the world, or if you prefer, first reared its ugly head.

A lot has happened since then. An early TV appearance on the back of an article written about the charts seems a long time ago now. Getting a handful of things printed in Classic Rock Magazine / online was fun. There have been a good number of gigs – including a first trip to Glastonbury. The record collection has swelled somewhat, raising eyebrows in the ERTAS household. I’m waiting for the “one in-one out” discussion any day now…

The blog began as a story of the music that I listened to as I was growing up, but soon morphed into, well….. I’m not quite sure. I just carried on writing about music, or if I am being honest, I just carried on trying to write jokes under the pretence of writing a music blog. The only rule I have had is to always write about the music I like, rather than the music I don’t. I have also taken a Hippocratic musical pledge: “First, Do No Harm”. With the possible exception of Gary Barlow and sundry radio 1 DJs, I don’t want to be negative about things. I’d rather just not talk about them…

So, three years after I first began, what would I say Every Record Tells A Story is about?

I wasn’t sure, until I read a description on a wiser blog than mine – the one written by Pete Paphides called “Lost In Music” at www.hiddentracks.org.

I was proud to be mentioned in Pete’s select list of “Places”. But it was Pete’s description of Every Record Tells A Story that I liked more. He described it thus:

“Funny, enthusiastic and enlightening blog written by Steve about all the surprisingly disparate records that make him happy.”

Until I read that, I wasn’t certain I knew what ERTAS was about, but I think that description just about nails it.
At least, it does for now….

Most of all, I have found that I enjoy and appreciate the interaction with like-minded souls across the world who stumble across the blog and find joy in the music they listen to. We all like different stuff, but there’s a tolerant and open minded group of souls here that put their two-pennorth worth in on Twitter, Facebook, WordPress, Instagram, or simply mutter under their breath to themselves.

To everyone who has read, commented, retweeted, “liked” a post or asked me a question at some point, I’d just like to say, sincerely, “Thank you”.

Well, that’s enough sincerity. It doesn’t suit me….

Normal sarcasm levels will be resumed on the next post…



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17 replies

  1. Happy blog-iversary. Looking forward to the next three years…and the three after that, etc. I completely agree with your sentiment about “the interaction with like-minded souls across the world.” That’s one of my favorite parts about the blogging experience.

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  2. Happy Anniversary! It’s always a good time reading your blog.

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  3. Congratulations, I hope many more years will follow! It’s always fun to read your stories, so please keep up the jokes and the pretending that you are writing a music blog!

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  4. Congratulations! This is my favourite blog and not just because of your love of The Beatles & Bowie. I love your writing style and you have made me smile on many occassions. Keep it up!

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  5. Happy 3rd anniversary! May you continue for many more years.

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  6. Congrats on 3 years. Love The Beatles photo in this post. Your posts have a nice mixture of music and jokes. As well as a mix of jokes I get and jokes, that as an American, I don’t get. Looking forward to more great posts.

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  7. (Some sarcasm…)
    Happy 3rd birthday. Though your lack of serious musical analysis of musical geniuses like One Direction is very disheartening. As a huge Directioner (as demonstrated by my blog ‘You Got That One Direction Thing’), I should know that Harry Styles is the greatest songwriter of all time. Oh, and the fact that my Liam Gallagher Out-Of-Action Man (and U2 letterbox, which I assumed everyone on Earth with a house would get, whether they like it or not) never came was also extremely disappointing…
    In all seriousness, though, happy 3rd birthday! I’ve only been reading your blog for 4 months or so, but it is definitely one of my very favourites! Your writing style has influenced me a lot. And always love the jokes! And was 2012 really 3 years ago already…? (Oh, and that picture of The Beatles is wonderful!)

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  8. When you do your vinyl buying challenges, presumably you must have had some of the albums already, so what do you do with the duplicates?

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    • The most recent one I gave the records to my friend, which was the idea in the first place. The other two (Beatles and Bowie) I didn’t have the records, and that was what inspired me to write the articles – I wanted the records, got chatting to my friends and they tried to make it more interesting by introducing conditions.
      I don’t have a massive record collection – I sold all my vinyl in the early ’90s, so I had to start again from scratch four years ago.

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  9. A belated happy birthday. I really enjoy your blog

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