Every year I set music goals for myself, write them in a blog post, and immediately forget them. Because of this, any time I’ve met my goals, it was totally by accident and a nice surprise when I did my goals recap the following year. I should probably just stop setting goals at all, but it’s fun to think about so even though – spoiler alert – I did really poorly on my 2018 goals, I’m going to press on.
How did I do for 2018? Let’s see.
Meet 3 new artists
I met 0 new artists this year! Doh.
Get my money’s worth from Jukely every month
This would be a great goal if I had more time and energy. In theory I could just pick up a Jukely pass to any ol’ show and check out a random artist I knew nothing about, but I’m at the point in my life where, if I don’t have plans, I don’t want plans. I would get my money out of Jukely if they had a better selection of shows, but it’s gone pretty steadily downhill over the last few years. As it is, I only got my full money’s worth out of Jukely for 5 months of 2018, which is abysmal. Overall throughout the year, I got about $28 more dollars worth of shows out of my Jukely membership than I paid for it, which is at least on the positive side, but barely. While there’s definitely an intangible value to having access to shows that I either a) wouldn’t have known about or b) wouldn’t have gone to without Jukely, I’m still going to have to seriously reevaluate if this is worth it.
Write at least one real blog post a month
Get my record collection to 50
At the end of 2017 I had 25 records. I currently have 25 records. I’m okay with this because records are expensive, and I do a lot of work from home, which means I’m not listening to music because I can’t concentrate otherwise. Plus, I could honestly get by with just 4 or 5 of the records from my collection.
What are my 2019 goals?
Go to one new music festival
I have a few on my radar for this summer – Bonnaroo and Summer Camp already announced killer lineups, and my friend and I are eagerly awaiting the Lightning in a Bottle lineup. All possibilities.
Write one real blog post a month
Even though I failed spectacularly at this in 2018, I want to do better. Blogging is such a joy for me, it’s a shame I don’t devote more time to it. Every time I go to a show I feel super inspired and jot down post ideas in my phone, and then I get home and don’t do anything with them. I want to change that.
Visit at least one new NYC music venue
There are somehow a bunch I still haven’t been to! I don’t know how this is possible but I want to see what else is out there.
Go to Colorado for a Red Rocks show
I don’t know which one, but it has to be something. It was 3 years in between my first and second RR visits and I refuse to let that happen again. I’m going to try really really hard to make it to Rowdytown, which is Big Gigantic’s annual Red Rocks weekend, but it often falls on the Jewish holidays which sucks. Maybe 2019 is the year!
This seems like a nice and mostly doable list. I’ll have forgotten it all by tomorrow but I look forward to checking in a year from now and being disappointed! Bahaha.