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A period of silence (2)

To my amazement, this blog is now 730 posts old. I’m grateful for the interest of those who’ve been reading it since the start in January 2013, or who’ve come in along the way. It’s nice to know that the pleasure I get from it is shared.

Four years ago I put it on hold for a few months in order to give myself the time I needed to finish a book. Now I’m doing it again, and once more the writing that’ll keep me occupied until mid-summer has nothing to do with music. It’s going to be hard to deny myself the opportunity to listen to as many albums and (circumstances permitting) go to as many gigs, but that’s how it has to be.

Meanwhile, a happy new year to one and all, and see you down the road apiece.

— Richard Williams

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  1. Stuart Hole #

    A Happy New Year to you Richard and good luck with your project! Please come back soon, I will miss you very much!

    December 31, 2021
  2. zohrab1600 #

    I look forward to the fruits of your Sabbatical; the Richard Seaman biography was superb. Here’s to a comfy chair and good listening as the project matures….

    December 31, 2021
  3. Ronald McNeil #

    Richard, thanks for all your wonderful posts, and all the best for 2022.

    December 31, 2021
  4. I’m ever grateful for everything you do to keep me curious and informed, Richard. I got a Christmas card from a neighbour with her handwritten wish for me to have a serene new year. Just the unusual choice of that word ‘serene’ but with all the strange things that had filled 2021 maybe much needed for 2022. So, I pass that on to you with the best of wishes. Thank you again..you’re unfailing.

    January 1, 2022
  5. David Lewis #

    I have enjoyed your writing since 1970: always do enlightening and so enthusiastic. I still have the clipping of your Melody Maker review of “Greetings from Asbury Park” (living in Swansea at the time, I rushed out to buy the album the very next day).
    Wishing you and all your readers, a peaceful New Year. I look forward to the new book and to your 2022 selections.

    January 1, 2022
  6. Sandy Murray #

    All the best Richard. Good luck with your new project. I look forward to reading your blog again in the Summer.

    Happy New Year 2022

    January 1, 2022
  7. Greg #

    Thanks Richard. See you later alligator.

    January 1, 2022
  8. Richard Houghton #

    Hi Richard

    Love reading your posts. I purchased ‘This Love Was Real’ the other day based on your recommendation.

    Happy New Year.

    Best wishes

    Richard

    https://richardmhoughton.com/

    https://spenwoodbooks.com/

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    January 1, 2022
  9. Shane Nichols #

    Dear Richard, Will miss you sir. One thing I love to do is pull up Tidal and take a listen, often a voyage of discovery, of the sometimes more obscure material you cite. See you on the other side Shane Nichols (For your amusement check out Betty McQuade’s version of John D Loudermilk’s “Midnight Bus”. As a kid in Australia I heard this plenty on the radio. She was Scottish born and emigrated here).

    Sent from my iPhone

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    January 2, 2022
  10. Jonathan Morrish #

    You will be missed but…fruitful writing – see you soon I hope Jonathan M

    January 2, 2022
  11. Pete Wingfield #

    Happy New Year Richard – and thanks for all the good stuff in 2021. Until BM returns, the Ral Donner principle will apply: “You Don’t Know What You’ve Got (Until You Lose It)”…

    January 2, 2022
  12. I know the amount of work that can go into a book, and understandably will wait to until your posts return.

    January 3, 2022
  13. Barry Coppinger #

    Thanks Richard and happy new year. I’ve followed and admired your work on Melody Maker etc; Whistle Test; Guardian etc for many years – your musical tastes chime with mine – and i also know if your name’s on an article in the Grauniad, its always well-researched, written and generally interesting, whether its music, sport or culture generally. Thanks for this blog, good luck in your work, and look forward to picking it up again in due course. Regards Barry PS can you get Alison Kraus & Robert Plant to tour rather than just play in London? Cheers!

    January 3, 2022

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