The Musical Divide’s mission statement:
The mission of this blog is to give honest and forthright reviews on all forms of country music. Along with reviews, there will be other miscellaneous features posted here.
Overall, I hope this blog helps promote artists who truly deserve more attention and informs you, the readers, more about them and their talent. I also hope this blog can inspire conversations in other areas. As my tagline says, I try to balance the gap between being a “fan” and “critic,” but I’m not perfect at it.
I love country music. I love to write about it. I try to be honest, yet respectful. I’m not perfect, so I certainly don’t expect music (or artists) to be either. Basically, as Alan Jackson says, just be patient, it’s a work in progress. I think that just about covers it in a nutshell. But feel free to read on if you’re curious to learn more about the outlet.
About the founder:
My work has appeared at This Is Country Music, The Shotgun Seat, Niagara Frontier Publications, Niagara Wire, and Swamp Opera. In May 2019, I completed my senior honors thesis, “Breaking The Bond Between Country Music And The Radio.”
Despite this blog being nothing more than a hobby of mine, I know that words carry meaning. Therefore, this section is dedicated to making sure I keep in line with my aspirations and standards for this website.
The Musical Divide Principles
I. Only Discuss Music If It Inspires Conversation
The Musical Divide will not be one of those blogs that covers every single album that gets released. That’s too much to ask of anyone. Instead, I will discuss music only if I feel there’s something worth saying about said music. This can result in both positive and negative coverage, but I never want to publish a post without a purpose.
II. Review Music, Not People / Keep An Open Mind
I don’t intend to shy away from my true, individual thoughts, but my purpose will never be to endlessly praise or bash the actual artist. Regardless of whether the coverage is positive or negative, my focus is solely on the music, and past events will hold no bearing on my thoughts in the present day. Things can always get worse or better. The Musical Divide will not deny coverage to artists/bands based off their political, sexual, religious or any other affiliations. All music is welcome, and all music will be judged for what it is, not for what I want it to be.
III. Be Subjective, But Be Objective
This is my blog, so naturally you’re going to hear my thoughts. With that said, I will always try to see things from a different perspective before finalizing my thoughts. It might seem impossible to be objective as a writer or critic, but at the very least, I can still try.
IV. The Critic Can Be Criticized
If I’m going to offer feedback on matters, I have no right to refuse feedback on my work. No writer or critic is perfect, and it could very well be easy to forget some of the rules I’ve established. Therefore, I will be open to genuine thoughts and criticism. I’d like to improve as well.