The very first post on Boppin' (Like The Hip Folks Do) was a love letter to rock 'n' roll, an open letter I wrote to the late David Bowie when he passed away. I was surprised by how much Bowie's death affected me, so I wrote the letter as an attempted catharsis. And then I started this blog as a place to share that kind of stuff. I don't know what my initial intentions were for the blog, but some folks--notably my This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio co-host Dana Bonn and Gary Frenay of The Flashcubes, among a few others--had been pushing me for ages to start blogging. So I guess the time had finally come to follow through. I determined that if I was going to do this, I would commit myself to posting something every day; it's too easy to slack off without that specific commitment. This is my 259th published blog post; I've written more in the past eight months than I've ever written in any comparable time frame before. Even when I was freelancing regularly, I never wrote as much as I've written this year. And it all started with a love letter to rock 'n' roll.
While one could certainly say that this blog is itself a series of love letters to rock 'n' roll, superhero comic books, radio, and Suzi Quatro, a website called Love Letters To Rock n' Roll proudly proclaims such a-rockin' and a-boppin' passion as its titular raison d'etre. Let's face it: our hearts look their spiffiest when worn on our sleeves. I have always thought that the best pop journalism serves as an unfettered advocate for its chosen point of view; if you're gonna write about something--The Bay City Rollers, The Ramones, power pop, Toots & the Maytals, Liz Phair, Motorhead, Sam & Dave, The Ventures, Prince, Wanda Jackson, Little Richard, Big Star, bubblegum, Gladys Knight & the Pips, KISS, or Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich--why let something as banal and boring as objectivity get in your way? Participate. Advocate. You'll enjoy it more, and your readers will enjoy it a lot more.
The good folks behind Love Letters To Rock n' Roll understand this well. And their mission statement does a damned good job of 'splainin' it:
"Love Letters to Rock n’ Roll has one main objective: to provide a forum where music obsessives can openly express their love.