You may notice some change around here. I am putting Collected Sounds on a sort of hiatus.

I am working on a project now that is non-music related and needs my total focus. So I am putting any work on this site on the back burner.

My reasons are many, but I’ve been taking a look at this a lot lately, and I’m finding that it’s no longer fun. It started as a great hobby and a way for me to be what my husband calls a Music Evangelist. Now I dread opening up the Collected Sounds folder in my email because I know every day I’ll find 200 emails with people asking something from me and it’s become a chore.

I’d always been told, and believed, that you should do what you love and the money will come. Well, it’s been 12 years and I am lucky to make a few dollars a month. It’s really more like about 14 cents. I was never in this for the money, but I did believe that someday I’d make enough to be able to quit working for someone else and work on this full time. Well, I still end up spending several hours a week on it and making jack. So I still have not been able to leave any soul sucking “real” job.
I realize that the problem is that I chose music. Musicians can’t pay me and music fans want their music for free. So there’s no place for revenue to come from. I get that. I just hoped things would change.

I will still tweet things that I find interesting or when I see good deals on music or music related things. I may even still post a little musical review occasionally. But it won’t be because someone asked me to. It will be because I love something so much I can’t shut up about it and want to share it with you.

I will also still post reviews by my contributors. So there will still be some content. It just won’t be as lengthy or frequent.

I don’t know how long this will last. Maybe a month, maybe forever. I just know I need to take a break now.

As I said I never went into this to get rich. So if it was still a blast to do, I’d keep doing it. But that’s not the case anymore. I find that I don’t want to listen to the radio because I am afraid I’ll find a new band or artist that I like but I won’t have any time to listen to them because I have eleventy hundred CDs that are waiting for reviews. How super f*cked up is that?

I want to love music again, not resent it.

So I’m working on something that involves another passion of mine, animals. I will let you know more once I have more put together. I would be honored if you wanted to follow me on that journey.

Thank you so much for riding this wave with me this far. I really appreciate all of you who have read this blog, commented, clicked on links, etc. I wouldn’t have held on as long if not for you.



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