This is my blog.
I want you to feel as if it is your blog, too.
But in light of some recent commentary, I have to set some rules.
Burning Wood is about music. In its 40 months of existence, it has rarely strayed from music. I encourage all of you to participate, to share your thoughts, your ideas and your words....about music. I've been known to shut down on occasion, when I feel like readership is at a low, or when it seems as if comments become light and interaction is down.
THIS IS NOT A FORUM FOR YOUR POLITICS
I allowed some comments out of respect for those involved, but I also see now, that I have fueled a fire that need not be fueled.
I don't mind negativity. I'm the poster boy for Pete's sake. But I try, at least, to keep it about the music, and when I get on something.... a record, an artist, a trend...I try to back up my negativity. I rarely...and you can try to prove me wrong if you have the time...just say, "Aahh this sucks." Your word is not the last word any more than mine is. But boy, do I love a good debate...about music.
RESPECT EACH OTHER
There have been many occasions when readers have left comments that have rubbed me the wrong way. And I've said something. This is my blog. I'm allowed. But I've always been respectful to readers. I may not have shown respect to Eric Clapton or those fuckheads the Fleet Foxes, but I have never been disrespectful to readers. Yet readers, hiding behind the safety of anonymity, have no issue being disrespectful to me and other readers.
IF YOU DON'T LIKE WHAT'S HERE, YOU DON'T HAVE TO KEEP READING.
If you're unhappy with the music I post and the artists I write about, why do you keep coming back here?
There is a lot of music on this blog. There is also a lot of love, for which I am grateful. But I will no longer accept or publish comments that have nothing to do with music.
Again, my apologies to all for not being a very good referee.