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A period of silence . . .




To all those who’ve read The Blue Moment over the past five and a half years, I’d like to say thank you for your interest and your comments. I started the blog out of a desire to recreate the pleasure I had in the days when I was fortunate enough to be able to choose the music I wrote about and the manner in which I did it. This time around I wasn’t really expecting much of an audience, so it’s been a pleasant surprise to discover how many people seem to enjoy these pieces.

It’s time, however, to take a break. A book project, not music-related, will be occupying me for the next few months. It’s something I’ve been carrying in my head for a long time, and I’m lucky enough to have a publisher who shares my enthusiasm. I want to give it priority, so I’m pressing “pause” on The Blue Moment until the book has been researched and written. And when normal service is resumed in this space, I’d be very pleased to find you still with me.

— Richard Williams

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  1. George Mair #

    I’ve been reading your music writing since Melody Maker and it has regularly introduced me to exciting new sounds. Looking forward to your return already.

    June 1, 2018
  2. Neil Hunt #

    Good luck with the book Richard. Thanks for some great items over the (for me) last couple of years.

    Hear from you when…

    Neil Hunt


    June 1, 2018
  3. Ashley Biles #

    Richard, thank you. Good luck with the book, looking forward to reading it and the resumption of The Blue Moment.

    June 1, 2018
  4. Bill Clifford #

    I’very only just started reading you blog on a regular basis, but have enjoyed them all. Its been nice to read about music that covers my own wide interest in all genres. Good luck with your new project,and thank you for some of the discs that you’ve recommended to me personally. I absolutely love Meltframe. I look forward to seeing you at the occasional gig in the future and like the pic of me going to Cafe Oto on your recent blog about the Cafe.

    June 1, 2018
  5. David Jones #

    Thanks for leading me to music I would otherwise have missed and for reminding me why I so liked those artists I already knew. Such positivity will be sorely missed, especially in the current climate. Look forward to the book.

    June 1, 2018
  6. Joughin, James #

    It’s been a pleasure. I frequently go to your links and always find something interesting

    June 1, 2018
  7. Hi Richard – I’ll miss your posts but wish you all the best with the book and will be waiting for your Blue Moment return – don’t strike me off the list in some GDPR-crazed frenzy!

    June 1, 2018
  8. Polly Fiona McDonald #

    You’ve brought so much joy and pleasure for the last few years and I’ve learned an enormous amount too, thank you Pending your return, I shall get by following you on Twitter and reading your columns. I hope the book will flow. Polly x

    June 1, 2018
  9. Sandy Murray #

    Good luck with the book.It will give me a chance to really delve into the posts I have saved,and search for the subject matter you referred to.It is a great blog you do.In fact,it`s the only one I take any time reading.Thanks again.See you when you return.

    Sandy Murray

    June 1, 2018
  10. Jon Ramsey #

    Fantastic blog, certainly my favourite, and at least you’ve given me loads of new stuff to listen to which will last until you hopefully return. And really … just to say thank-you. All the best Jon

    June 1, 2018
  11. Mber #

    Best of luck with the book. May it be a productive silence.

    This Bluemoment hiatus will leave a hole in my music education and I’ll certainly miss such fine writing

    June 1, 2018
  12. Richard – i shall be bereft however i shall keep an ear out for any unexpected jazz moments in movies from now on and alert you should you still be watching films while writing the book… (a volume I”m already looking forward to, of course…) best Jason

    June 1, 2018
  13. Bill White #

    It’s a real pity. You’re a top journalist and music commentator. It’s just Ethan Iverson’s blog for me now until your return. I’ll definitely be waiting. Huge luck with the book. You’ll be missed.

    June 1, 2018
  14. Sedat Nemli #

    Come back soon, Richard; all is forgiven..
    Joking aside, I have been reading you since 1970 and hence unwilling to accept a long pause!
    Thank you and best of luck with the book.

    June 1, 2018
  15. Peter Revell #

    Enjoy the break. Hope to have you back soon.

    June 1, 2018
  16. Chris Michie #

    I agree with all the previous comments — your blog is all-time fave. Yes, let’s have another book from you. I look forward to your return.

    June 1, 2018
  17. Art Manchester #

    Thank you for all your posts – I earned a lot about music I was not familiar with, and a different perspective on music I thought I knew.

    June 1, 2018
  18. Dennis Muirhead #

    Oh no.
    At least let us know which gigs you recommend? Or no time for gigs either?
    Then write a good book. On art?

    June 1, 2018
  19. Chris Cox #

    Many thanks for all the interesting topics. I remembered you from MM and you didn’t disappoint! 

    Kind regards 

    Chris Cox

    June 1, 2018
  20. Joachim Kettner #

    Thank you, Richard! I have to look through your older posts in the meantime. Good luck with the book!

    June 1, 2018
  21. Kevin Richards #

    Hope the book goes well. Looking forward to welcoming you back

    June 1, 2018
  22. Ken #

    Good on you Richard. Best of luck with the book project. Will miss your music writing but I’m sure it will be worthwhile

    June 1, 2018
  23. Stan Hey #

    Thanks Richard for all the reviews, essays and revelations about music that has sometimes slipped through the floor-boards of the mind. I raced to play what I thought was Chuck Jackson in my singles collection yesterday but found instead that it was Walter Jackson singing ‘My Ship is Coming In’ – great but not what you’d written about, Best wishes for the book. I’m sure Phil and Neil will be in touch about another lunch. Best regards, Stan,

    June 1, 2018
  24. Atterbury Laurie #

    Good luck with your new project Richard.

    June 1, 2018
  25. John Rudd #

    Hope the book goes well Richard. Been a fan for 40 years.

    June 1, 2018
  26. Come back soon.

    June 1, 2018
  27. David Harris #


    I look forward to your pieces under this banner and in print in the G.

    Thanks so much for the perspective and for widening my interest in, and taste of music.

    Good luck with the project from sunny Cardiff. Keep in touch


    David H

    June 1, 2018
  28. Victor Sanchez #

    Good luck and we’ll be here.

    June 1, 2018
  29. Michael Rüsenberg #

    Dear Richard, sounds very reasonable to me. I wish you luck and strength for your upcoming project – and would love to see your return to The Blue Moment asap. Best Michael

    June 1, 2018
  30. Luca Darini #

    The pleasure is all mine. Thank you!

    June 1, 2018
  31. David Cutts #

    Richard, you first came to my attention when you wore a Nottingham Forest badge while presenting OGWT and I have been reading your stuff since; first in MM, then the Guardian and now thebluemoment. I’ll look forward to your return to the bluemoment, in the meantime I’ll shall be picking my way through the old pieces. Good Luck with the book.

    June 1, 2018
  32. Mick Steels #

    Exemplary writing Mr Williams as usual

    June 1, 2018
  33. Thanks Richard – without your blogs I’d probably have missed out on Matana Roberts, William Kentridge and Wadada Leo Smith – don’t stay away too long.


    June 1, 2018
  34. den #

    Good luck with the book – will miss the Moments Den ________________________________

    June 1, 2018
  35. Good luck with the writing and look forward to your return Richard. A presto.
    Mike Cooper

    June 1, 2018
  36. Well, all best wishes for the book. But we’ll miss your insight, depth of knowledge and your enthusiasm. Where shall we turn?

    June 1, 2018
  37. Don Rooke #

    I’ll miss the finely-tailored pockets of insight and inspiration, but it’s great to hear you have another book project on the go. Best of luck with that.

    Thanks Richard,
    Another Blue Moment fan on stand-by til it’s back.

    Thanks Richard.

    June 1, 2018
  38. Tom Coyle #

    I always look forward to Blue Moment. Thanks for the education and entertainment Richard.

    June 1, 2018
  39. John Ainsworth #

    We will miss you, Richard. The first record I ever bought off a review was Miles Davis’s In A Silent Way, off your review in the Melody Maker. You correctly ordered the first four The Band albums, in terms of merit. Best wishes, come back soon. x

    June 1, 2018
  40. Sorry to hear this but look forward to a resumption of service sometime in the future. As many above have said I’ve grown up (and old) reading you and thanks for all your sage advice. Best of luck with the book.

    June 1, 2018
  41. Martin Hayman #

    Always a pleasure to read you Richard, now as in 1973! Great that you have stuck to your last over the decades while others have wandered off. The Blue Moment will be missed.

    June 1, 2018
  42. Philip Putnam #

    Thanks Richard, find the time to come down to Oz sometime. The music here will surprise and delight you.

    June 2, 2018
  43. Marcus Bennett #

    Thanks so much Richard for all the brilliant Blue Mments so far, and very best of luck with your book

    June 2, 2018
  44. Giovanni Polizzi #

    Thank you for your inspirational work on the blog. I will miss your thoughtful and informative short pieces and look forward to more in due course. Good luck with your book

    June 2, 2018
  45. Brendan Harrington #

    Dear Richard,
    Thanks for all the interesting posts you have put out on your blog. I have picked up on music, books and film due to your insights, that I may otherwise have missed, so good luck with the book and I will look forward to you coming back to The Blue Moment.
    Brendan Harrington

    June 2, 2018
  46. Have really enjoyed receiving your bulletins Richard. Wish you luck with the book and look forward to the breaking of the silence.

    June 2, 2018
  47. Jeffrey Farrell #

    Every good wish. Looking forward to the book and when appropriate, your return here.

    June 2, 2018
  48. Thank you, Richard. Like others I’ve ‘known ‘ you since Melody Maker days..that thread has continued here for which I’m truly grateful. Good luck but don’t forget to unpause the button

    June 2, 2018
  49. Thanks very much Richard, I will be here when you return.

    June 2, 2018
  50. tonydudleyevans #

    I shall miss this my favourite blog in the forthcoming months. It has led me to many things I might not otherwise been aware of. I look forward to finding out what the non-music book project is!

    June 2, 2018

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