See You On an Eventual Flipside

Some of you loyal readers may have noticed both my rather spotty posting record last year and my two month absence this year before finally revealing the Day of 200 Songs. I apologize, something I’ve been doing for a long time now. Soon after the Christmas holidays, I came to a difficult decision: I’m going to take an indefinite break from CTRR.

There were several factors, including my workload with my full-time job and with the couple of freelance gigs I’ve picked up. There was also the rather frightening breakdown over the holidays, which saw my regular depression slide into a pit I nearly couldn’t scramble out of. It made me take a step back from myself and take a re-think about what I was doing and what I wanted to do. I tried not to have too close a look because I’m still too fast to take that test.

It’s been two lovely years of writing about music with varying degrees of success. I very obviously still love music and will continue seeking out new sounds, attending shows, and reading music-related books, but I really need to take a break from writing about them. A break from trying to find words to make meaning of them. I’m hoping that this hiatus will allow me to write that novel I so desperately want to. I hope that something fulfilling will come out of the temporary loss of this outpost in cyberspace. Perhaps knowing that this is waiting for me when I finish will be the motivation I need to push through the prose building up inside my brain and on various scraps of paper in my bedroom. There are critics and there are artists; some people can manage to be both simultaneously, some cannot. I need to relinquish the former role to attempt to be the latter.

It all seems very serious. Perhaps I often take this blog too seriously, worrying over content and trying to keep to some impossible plan. I’ve always had ridiculously high expectations of myself, which often leave me frustrated and well…depressed. I suppose it would be easier if I just acknowledged that I’m not a polymath, nor will I ever be one. I’ve got to go looking for my sense of humour. My wit (if I ever had one) went out with the rest of them some time ago.

I don’t want to end this blog, but I also can’t push posts out for the sake of it. It’s not fair to anyone. I need to write properly or not at all. Everyone has their own purposes for blogging, including MP3 blogging. Mine really had mostly to do with writing. And in the process, my inner life leaked out onto other people’s screens despite never making an effort actually to write about my life. Probably because music is such a massive part of my life to begin with. And that will likely be the reason I return here again.

I’ve been reading a biography of Peter Mark Roget, who had a family history of severe mental illness. To stave off madness himself, he turned to creating lists, of course, eventually producing the first thesaurus. He constantly organized his world and found a way to preserve his sanity. I used music (probably have done for a sizable portion of my life) as a conduit to escape and to community, the best way I knew how to keep mad thoughts at bay.

Thank you to those of you who have followed me this far and said such supportive things. I think the Day of 200 Songs was a high note to leave for this hiatus because it demonstrates something beyond my selfish agendas. It’s proof that I was able to reach outside of my inner world and make some valuable connections. It’s evidence that sometimes this was more than a public forum for my personality quirks and grandiose yet insecure (rather Warholian) pathologies.

There will be a flipside. I’m just not sure when.

Thank You For the Ride – Mary Goes Round

I Know It’s Gonna Happen Someday – Morrissey

William’s Last Words – Manic Street Preachers


18 Responses to “See You On an Eventual Flipside”

  1. 1 snail
    February 25, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    Wow, this is sad for me. But as a fellow ‘music writer’ I totally understand your point. It is such a struggle “to find words to make meaning of them.” You put that so beautifully. I often feel like I am not doing the music I write about justice especially if it’s a piece about something I like a lot. Love your blog and good luck with that novel :)

  2. 2 aria
    February 26, 2010 at 12:10 am

    I’m sorry to hear you have been feeling so low, and I hope you come back to this blog sometimes if you feel you would like to – I’ll keep you on my reader list just in case!

    I love your writing – you are very articulate and also very knowledgable about music. Thankyou for introducing me to so much new music from bands I wouldn’t have known of otherwise.

    I was kind of afraid this was what the big news would be. When you do write your novel will you let us know?

    All the best with everything – it’s been lovely ‘knowing’ you, and I hope this isn’t the last we hear from you. Love aria

  3. 3 Al
    February 26, 2010 at 1:01 am

    Very sorry to hear this!

    Good luck with your novel and life in general!

  4. 4 Rol
    February 26, 2010 at 2:19 am

    Good luck, Larissa. I wish you well with your offline creative projects, and look forward to reading them at some point in the future.

    Don’t be a stranger.


  5. 5 Lee
    February 26, 2010 at 2:25 am

    Good luck with everything. It’s been a pleasure reading this blog and if you are ever in the right place to come back again I, for one, would be more than happy. You’re by far the most talented writer I’ve come across in this format

    In the meantime; take care of yourself and good luck with the novel

  6. 6 Niel Bekker
    February 26, 2010 at 3:36 am

    I came to this blog very late in its time on the internet, but every check-in has been worthwhile. The best of luck with everything you do and don’t be ignorant of the fact that your writing, as well as your curating of all things music, has been very, very valuable to a lot of people.

  7. 7 Julien
    February 26, 2010 at 4:19 am

    Good luck for the book, i look forward to reading you again, it’s certainly been a pleasure since i came across your blog, and made it a regular stop on my daily surfing for new music.
    Your posts were often enlightening. Your output may have been spotty, nevertheless often briliant. You’ve inspired me to start writing myself, and for that i’m very thankful.
    Peace out


  8. 8 Max
    February 26, 2010 at 4:24 am

    Thanks very much, I hope you know your writing was always very much appreciated. Good luck with everything.

  9. 9 Annie
    February 26, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    I don’t know you and you don’t know me, but I have checked out your blog regularly and you always had some fantastic music on here. I know it from my blog that it’s not always easy to find a balance between work life and spare time. I really hope that you will feel better soon. I’ve been through some really rough patches in the past myself and if there’s one thing that I’ve learned ( so far ) is, that life does go on and there are good and bad times ( as clichéd as that might sound now ). But you just have to really believe that there will be a better day and you have to know that even if it was just through a blog, you’ve influenced other people’s life. And it might only be small things but sometimes we only know how much we’ve changed after the event. I wish you all the best and I truly hope that you will come back to your blog one day. You shall be missed.

    All my love

    Annie x

  10. 10 leah
    February 26, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    i’ve been following this blog for over a year and i just want to let you know that i’ve found a lot of new favourites here and i love how you write about music. all the best with your novel, and i really hope things look up for you soon. best wishes. xxx

  11. February 27, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    Sounds like a tough but excellent decision. Thanks for all you’ve done and good luck with the next chapter.

    xx Miles

  12. 12 Siobhan
    March 2, 2010 at 1:21 am

    I only discovered this blog halfway through last year and enjoyed reading it very much. You made me think more about what I was listening to and also were part of the inspiration for me to start my own music blog. Thanks for the excellent entertainment and education. Best of luck with the novel and everything else. Hope only the best things come your way and that I have the privelege of reading new work from you in the future.

  13. 13 charlie
    March 2, 2010 at 5:00 am

    Thank you for all the bands you’ve introduced over the years: IAMX, Indelicates, Raveonettes, Empire of the Sun… to name a few. Can’t really think of any other blog that’s influenced my musical predilections as much as yours has except maybe saidthegramophone.com. Take care of yourself and onto exciting things! Also, I think yer awesome.

  14. 14 rgc66
    March 2, 2010 at 10:13 am

    Damn good blog…take your time…you will get the itch somewhere down the line to pick it up again. I have had to break from my blogs as well from time to time. It is quite an investment. Still it’s more important to stay healthy.

    Be well my friend!

    “Retro Music Snob”

  15. 15 jc
    March 2, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    This is really sad news.

    I dont think I can better what Rol has already said. Don’t Be A Stranger.

    And please, if you do feel the urge to put out an ocasional posting, you know I’d be honoured and delighted to provide space at my place.

    With lots of love and affection.


  16. 16 Andrew
    March 3, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    Dear Larissa,

    We’ll really miss your writing and incredible passion for music.

    Thanks for everything. Hope we’ll see you again sometime.

    Best Wishes,
    Andrew K & TA.

  17. 17 Claude
    March 7, 2010 at 9:17 am

    Amazing writing…
    You’ll be missed..
    Thank you for introducing me to, among other things, the music of IAMX.

    All the best

  18. 18 Mickenzy
    March 10, 2010 at 3:46 am

    Wow, I guess that’s what I get for not being online for a little while lol. I’m sorry you feel so badly like you need to take a break, Larissa. I’m really glad, however, that you’re taking the time for yourself and shooting for the things that matter to you. :)
    You’ll always be my best friend!

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