Thursday, September 18, 2008

The International Review of Music

Dear Friends and Colleagues...

If you're wondering why this blog has been so inactive lately, the answer is simple. I've been in the process of setting up and publishing a new replacement blog that will encompass everything I'd hoped to do with Notes From the Left Coast, while expanding to a far larger perspective.

The new blog is titled The International Review of Music, and it can be reached by clicking on the name or at this address: As the title suggests, we aim to look at music from a world view, one that encompasses jazz, pop, classical, country, world music and all stops in between and beyond. Our goal is to fill in the growing gaps caused by the rapid reduction in music review space in major newspapers and periodicals. My partner is a former Los Angeles Times writer, Casey Dolan.

Although we are both based in Los Angeles, we arel gradually adding contributors from other U.S. areas, as well as various parts of the world. At the moment, we are still ramping up, establishing our graphics look and building content. But we urge you to check us out. Be sure to click on the Mission Statement, which will give you some idea of our goals. As well as the Picks of the Week, which are our selections from various cities in the U.S. and elsewhere. And you might want to take a look at my blog within a blog -- Here, There and Elsewhere -- especially the entry in which I discuss the situation regarding jazz coverage at the los Angeles Times. Click here to go there directly: Here, There and Elsewhere: The Times

I welcome all feedback, comments, rants, whatever. Best place to reach me is at my regular email address: .

Best regards,

Don Heckman