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21. New Website, New Horizons

The hiatus is over, and from 2013 onwards, The Eagle’s Nest will be a full-time venture of mine. After recently graduating in December 2012 from the University of Cape Town with an Honours degree in Quantity Surveying, I was faced with a very important life decision – do I continue my current career path to becoming a professional QS, or do I harness and direct the passion I have for writing and journalism into a new career path?

I had clearly come to a...

I had clearly come to a…

It wasn’t an easy decision to make, but the support and encouragement from family and friends has given me the confidence to realise my journalistic dream, and to devote all my efforts to it for the time being. Thus, I have kicked into action and made steps towards making my outlet for creative work a more professional one.

The Eagle’s Nest will now be found at http://www.theeaglesnestza.com. At the time of writing, the site is still being developed, but it will finally resemble the look and vision that I had for this blog in the first place. In addition, it will be an online portfolio for my work, which from now on will hopefully include interviews, assignments and other journalism pieces. Therefore, this WordPress site, and the articles it contains, will become a permanent archive which you as the reader can always refer back to. It’s time to move on to bigger things…

The new Eagle’s Nest will still have a blog element (tentatively titled ‘The Hatchery’), where I will communicate ideas, plans and other admin-related things. Otherwise, you can expect a more streamlined experience with frequent updates, as I complete the transition from part-time passion to full-time business endeavour.

Hatching time

The new site will still have a blog section – ‘The Hatchery’

As a music journalist, I write with the intention to be factual, interesting, but most importantly: useful.  I know that as a fervent fan of music, that’s the sort of journalism I want to consume. I want to see that constructive style become a standard in the industry, and I want to play my own part in making that vision a reality. In shifting my focus from just a personal blog to an online portfolio, I hope to be able to network with relevant players from the music and journalism industries and forge mutually beneficial business models, where the music itself is the ultimate winner. This field of music journalism is far bigger than me and The Eagle’s Nest, and I don’t have all the required connections to make it happen. To this end, any advice, referrals or suggestions would be much appreciated at this next stage of The Eagle’s Nest.

Help me take this dream forward; let’s give it some wings.

Yours in music,

Kurt

Just soarin’

P.S. My new email address is kurt@theeaglesnestza.com, or you can find me on Twitter under @EaglesNestZA.

P.P.S. For those wondering why I chose ‘theeaglesnestza.com’ – it was the best domain name available (eagles and nests are apparently quite popular in the domain name business). The ‘za’ represents my South African heritage; the ‘.com’ my international ambitions!

18. What’s Going On Behind The Scenes

It’s been just over a month since I posted my last article, and it might seem that I’ve given up on updating my blog because of the relatively long silence between articles. Thankfully, dear reader, I can assure you that is not the case.

For the past six weeks, I have been on what has technically been my university’s winter vacation, but in reality, has been full-time work for me at my job. I had to sacrifice my winter holiday to make up for the part-time work I do for them during the term. And it felt like quite a long haul. Many days spent doing the donkey-work at a professional quantity surveying firm started to take quite a toll on the senses, but I have emerged back into a new semester at the beauty that is the University of Cape Town.

That’s not to say I didn’t do any writing during that time. On the contrary, I have been toiling away, researching for and writing a mammoth review to do with The Beatles and a 2007 musical based on their music, Across The Universe. It’s a track-by-track comparison between the film and the originals, and it’s taking a hell of a long time to assemble. But it’s a labour of love, and will be a real treat for any fans of the Fab Four (of which I’m sure there’s quite a few on Planet Earth).

It’ll probably be my longest yet (about one-fifth complete, I estimate) and most deserving of my time. So this update is just to break the silence and let anyone who cares to read The Eagle’s Nest that there’s definitely some work going on behind the scenes, but it’ll be a while before it’s all revealed. Hopefully varsity projects and tests won’t delay it too much…

Till later, folks,

Kurt

(P.S. If you haven’t noticed already, I’ve categorised each post I make, and the categories can be found on the top-left of every page. Very useful for navigating the site and finding past blog posts. Enjoy!)

5. Comments Update

Good afternoon everyone,

Up until now, I had a setting on here relating to comments that only allowed you to post a comment if you provided a name AND email address. This was a default setting, presumably to prevent spamming. I have now disabled it, so if any of you felt a bit put off  from commenting by having to provide an email address (I know I might’ve been if I was in that situation), then don’t be anymore! Comments will still be moderated before they can show up, so I think that this is a healthy compromise 🙂

I hope you’ve been enjoying my first few updates. They’ll vary in length from now on; apologies for the mini-theses! I’ve also added a subscription button, so you can be notified by email when a new post is put up.

Thanks for the support,

Kurt

1. The Eagle Has Landed

Welcome to my new blog, ‘The Eagle’s Nest’, and thank you for taking the time to pay it a visit. I hope that through this blog there can a shared sense of learning and discussion about music, in its variety of different forms.

I myself confess to being a music addict. Screw the idea of just ‘liking’ it – music consumes and filters through every part of me, and helps make my existence here on Earth a more beautiful and exciting one than if it weren’t here. It’s because of this addiction to the ‘soundtrack of life’ that I decided to start this blog.

Prompted by an ever-increasing amount of opinions in my head and nowhere to put them (except to close friends and family, who either begrudgingly bear with me or actively engage in discussion with an obsessive lunatic), and a few recommendations, such as ‘you should really write for a music magazine’ and ‘you should do a blog about music’, this blog slowly formed into shape. A shape that is still a little rough around the edges, both in style and appearance (I have much to learn about tampering with these WordPress settings. All in good time!).

My goal here is to use this blog as a sounding board for my opinions on music, whether they are:

  • reviews of the latest albums of artists that I’m interested in
  • reviews (and in a sense, recommendations) of artists and/or songs that I think you should have a listen to.
  • song ideas/poetry/random lyrical ideas
  • on the music industry as a whole
  • the feelings and emotions that music can invoke (this can be quite a broad section, and one where I hope that you as the reader can contribute as well)

Over time, I’ll try to give you a little insight into who I am and what role music played and still plays in making me that person. I don’t want to have to do that all in this first post, so for now, it’s a case of just taking off on a journey and not knowing where we are going…

One last thing: the reason I chose to call this blog ‘The Eagle’s Nest’ is because firstly, I love eagles, especially the Golden Eagle (as seen in my avatar), and secondly, because I hope it will become a ‘nest’ where one can go to get one’s musical ‘nourishment’. 😉

Peace out,

Kurt