Two years ago today, I wrote my first post for my regrettably-titled music blog The War On Pop. The entry consisted of two somewhat nondescript sentences introducing Booker T. & The DBT’s cover of “Hey Ya.” The post had grammatical errors left and right and was neither meaningless nor meaningful in and of itself. But it was the simple act of expressing my musical opinion that made all the difference. The shortest of articles sparked a frenetic two-year whirlwind that changed my existence and purpose on this earth.
Fast forward 24 months, countless articles, photo galleries, interviews and videos later, I've since achieved my goal in becoming a full-time music journalist. Saying that my life has been a whirlwind during this time period would be a vast understatement to say the least. Anyone who's watched me during this time period knows how hard and at (many) times chaotic my pace has been to reach this point. While it first started with this blog, it slowly morphed to unpaid contributions, before turning into paid freelancing, before finally becoming a career doing something I absolutely love.
Getting hired at Paste still hasn't fully hit me yet, but it will soon enough. I'm beyond blessed to not only have been offered this incredible opportunity, but have also been humbled by all the support I've received along the way--it completely astounds me how much encouragement, love and kindness has been shown to me leading up to now. It's the kind of thing that both affirms the fact that I'm absolutely on the right path in my life, as well as restored my faith in people and the world around me. More than anything, I can't thank you all enough for the latter.
Not that I've been posting on here for a while, but this will be my last War on Pop post for some time as I continue to bring my talents to the pages of Paste's website. For more regular updates, please visit my portfolio.