It was almost two years ago that I decided to enter the local music blogosphere. While I've always had a passion for local music, I knew next to nothing about html and blogging. I needed someone whose opinion I could trust on blogging, writing, and the like. The choice for me was clear: Cindy Chaffin from The Fine Line. She was the person whose opinion I trusted the most to guide me in this venture.
Nearly two years later, I have been given by first DOMA nomination for Best Music Advocate. That was quite the honor. Perhaps the even bigger honor, however, is this article written by Cindy herself, endorsing me for Best Music Advocate. The fact that she believes in what I do means a whole lot to me. She could have taken the opportunity to promote her own nomination in that category (by the way, Observer, can we name it the Cindy Chaffin award) but chose unselfishly to put forth her opinion on my blog. Cindy, I thank you so much for that honor.
Let me say this: I know it sounds cliched, but it really is an honor to be included in that list with such fine company. Aside from my obvious love of Cindy's work, there are a few other nominees who I feel are worthy of mention. There's Jeff Liles, who has been at the game far longer than I have. I hope one day to know half as much about the history of Dallas music as he does. Then there's Chelsea Callahan, who between promoting bands, booking at Double-Wide, and helping the Carter Albrecht Music Foundation, just might be the hardest working person in the Dallas music community. And while I am not acquainted with the folks at Gutterth, I know that they play a vital role in metroplex music, particularly in the Denton area. And while my approach to music and blogging may be different from We Shot JR (and that's putting it mildly), there is no denying their success and impact in the metroplex.
Having said all of that, I will be honest with you: I want this award. I want it bad. You can cast your vote here, and whether or not you vote for The Ghost, I encourage you to vote for the acts and individuals you feel are most deserving.