Just like falling off a bicycle

Spent WAY too much time working on the next two week’s worth of In The Evening playlists. I have come to some conclusions after busting ass to get two in the can so we can travel next week.

First, I have a whole lot of respect for Club DJs and people who do live 4 hour music shows. They are all are kicking ass and taking names. I bow before your mastery of the playlist. Plus, they can get away with repeating a LOT more frequently than I can. In the club, or on a semi-weekly 4-hour stream, you can repeat things and still sound fresh. I have an hour, and if I play the same song – or even artist – too often, I’m pretty sure I’ll lose listeners.[1]

Second, there is too much music and too little time & money. I didn’t realize how many holes there were in my collection. While digging for the next two shows, I ran into a lot of “used to have this on tape, why don’t I have it digital” and “whoa, check out this new artist/cover/song.” This meant a lot of sweating over what I was able to use. I think the next two shows are a little weaker than the first in terms of mix, but it’ll get better as we go, and I can get more music into my grubby little paws.

The final bit was that once a radio DJ, always a radio DJ. Sitting down to cut the voice interludes last night something CLICKED after the first half hour of screwing up, and it all just came back. I’m rusty, but it’s still there.

All that being said, I AM happy with how it is going, and can’t wait to start on show four.

Don’t forget – Alchemist in the Evening, Sundays at 8pm Eastern/5pm Pacific, on the No Agenda Stream http://noagendastream.squarespace.com/

Thanks for listening, thanks for putting up with these notes as I go, and feel free to me send suggestions, compliments, complaints, and requests.[2]

(And yes, there are plans to do a podcast release after these each air, if it keeps going. More as it happens…)

[1] And really, I don’t want to lose either one. *grin*
[2] I really do look forward to the feedback – I don’t know how I’m doing unless y’all tell me. *grin*

Edit: Put in the actual DAY I’m on…duh.

About Kevin Sonney

Kevin Sonney - who, contrary to popular opinion was NOT raised by wolves - grew up in central North Carolina. He fell into the technology field by accident in 1991, when he gave up the wild and crazy lifestyle of an on-air AM radio DJ to become a mundane technical support monkey. The technology industry has never really recovered from this. Kevin has worked for such names as IBM, Red Hat, webslingerZ, and Lulu Technologies (we won't mention the ones that didn't survive the experience). He currently works as a Linux Administrator for Apptio. In his spare time he rescues stray animals and plays video games with his two sons. His wife, we're sad to say, helps him get past the really hard bits. Kevin is still not very mundane, he just got better at hiding it.
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