The Music Enthusiast Receives a Major Award!

The Music Enthusiast thinks it’s important to maintain some humility in life. He feels, as Winston Churchill supposedly said of prime minister Clement Attlee, that he has much to be humble about.

But he woke up this morning to the following message:

“My name is Anuj Agarwal. I’m Founder of Feedspot. I would like to personally congratulate you as your blog Music Enthusiast  has been selected by our panelist as one of the Top 100 Music Blogs** on the web.

I personally give you a high-five and want to thank you for your contribution to this world. This is the most comprehensive list of Top 100 Music Blogs on the internet and I’m honored to have you as part of this!”

And so my first thought, of course, was – they have awards for this shit?

And then I thought, well hell, why not? It’s a terrific list and it really is cool to be on there with Pitchfork and Consequence of Sound. (Numbers 1 and 3, respectively. I am number 87. I beat the freakin’ Guardian by three. How is that even possible?) The last time I won anything at all was, I believe, 2000 or so when I was presented with “Best Sales Support” from the sales team at some computer firm I worked for. This is way better.

I find this especially rewarding as in the first six months of this blog, I didn’t feel I was connecting at all, felt like I was talking to myself. And I almost shut it down and deleted everything. Glad now I didn’t. Early on, Musicophile visited my site and said, basically, hang in there, it’s rewarding. Special thanks to him.

So thanks firstly to Feedspot. Greatly appreciated. Thanks as well to all followers of this blog and special thanks to the people who comment most frequently, pretty much all of whom are on my blogroll.  The main reason I started this blog was to talk about music. But it’s grown to be somewhat of a historical record as well as becoming my tribute to the people who made – and continue to make – the music we all love.

Blogging is a lot of work. But I think I speak for amateurs everywhere when I say it’s not really work when it’s a labor of love. I’ll keep on doing what I’m doing and I make this personal pledge: I will work very hard on this and by God, next year I’ll be number 86.

I will now shut the fuck up and leave you with the immortal words of the hardest working man in showbiz, Mr. James Brown:

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**These blogs are ranked based on following criteria

  • Google reputation and Google search ranking
  • Influence and popularity on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites
  • Quality and consistency of posts.
  • Feedspot’s editorial team and expert review



33 thoughts on “The Music Enthusiast Receives a Major Award!

      1. Selfish all the way for CB. You’ll start doing takes on music that hurts my ears and I’ll have to find a new Doctor. By the way I love the “Carl Casual” photo. Are you wearing that to the awards dinner?


        1. Yeah, it’s been 90+ here for, like, a week. It takes a while for ME to get his head out of winter to spring to summer. But I’m there. As to the awards dinner, only the Top Ten sit up front. The rest of us are in steerage, pushing rubber chicken around on our plate.

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  1. Congrats on this achievement. I also received this honor but not sure if this is really legitimate. My blog was on eblogger previously before I switched to word press. In reality my word press account started in February. So let’s celebrate our awards with great music and a great cigar. Cheers👍🏻


    1. Yeah, I hope it’s legit but you never know. I’m not even sure what that means. If it is, I’m diggin’ it. If not, I’ll pull the post down and get rid of the little symbol. It won’t matter I suppose. No harm, no foul. Thanks.


  2. Way to go, Jim. You have a great blog, and I think we’re very similar, in age and musical taste. However, I’m more like CB, in that no one likes the stuff I like (and everyone likes the stuff I dislike). Oh well. Hey, you know what this means… you’re now a “celebrity.” Don’t let it get to your head!


    1. Thanks, Pete. Ditto on your blog. One of the frustrations when I first started is that everybody who was reading the blog seemed to be twenty years old. I have no problem with that. But I’m saying to myself, where are my peers? So, glad you’re on board.

      As to my “celebrity,” no worries. I’m a “feet-on-the-ground” kinda guy. BTW, should you choose to communicate with me in the future, please schedule some time with my assistants, lackeys, and sycophants. 😀


  3. Thanks, That guitar is an Ibanez AR420. I had a few bucks to burn based on some bonus money I got maybe 1 1/2 years ago. The only electric I owned – or had owned for years – was a Gibson ES335 semi-hollow body. (Think BB King.) It’s from the early ’70’s so it’s very prized and it is good for both rock and jazz.

    But semi-hollow bodies have this stupid feedback problem, plus I wanted a solidbody. So I wandered into my local music store one day, saw this beauty and fell in love. And it’s so playable! I went back again, played it again and bought it. It looks like it costs a million bucks. Guess what? 700 fucking dollars. And it plays like a dream.

    There are two small switches you can manipulate in addition to the volume and tone ones. In combo, you can get all kinds of sounds. Almost too many variations.

    I watched this video by a pro in New Zealand before buying and it convinced me to invest. Check it out.


    1. Very nice. My main player is an Ibanez semi (no feedback problems to report), there’s something so enjoyably playable about them and, yeah, they look and feel like something that ought to cost a shed load more


      1. As mentioned, I use the ES335 for the jazz I am now pitifully trying to learn. Jazzers tend to use boxes that are twice the size due, one supposes, to the resonance. I’m loving the Ibanez for everything else. As that guy demonstrates, you can get a sweet Gilmour tone out of it. For some inexplicable reason, my wife seems averse to my picking up a 1959 gold top Les Paul. By my reckoning, our retirement fund should cover it and then some.

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  4. Thank you, sir. And totally a gobsmacking surprise. Thank God it wasn’t based on A) number of followers or B) any relevance to what’s going on in music today. I’d be screwed. 😀


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