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I've been struggling for a while with the fact that we don't cover as much music as we used to. This has been a good thing because 2 or 3 years ago music was always a cruch topic we could lean on when we didn't know just where to go with an issue theme or needed to fill a spot. More recently we've learned to cover the music we like and of course independent in some way because we feel that by atleast being true to what we actually dig we'll never go wrong. But that doesn't explain to you why it's been hard to develop our own voice with music and mainly it is because of the fact that alot of music we hear about is "pushed" on us. We get ATLEAST 10 to 20 emails a day from pr companies or record labels and that doesn't include the hits from indie artists who hit you up one on one. This is by no means a complaint as I for one love to get music in my inbox, it helps me not have to spend hours searching...but not really. What I do mind is having our magazine / blog / editorial look like everyone else's. Haven't you ever noticed that when someone gets the cover of one mag they end up getting 4 other covers in a row? Or maybe you noticed that if that artist or group has an album or tour coming all of a sudden they're the "best thing" to talk about. Part of that reason is because good journalism is always relevant to the audience reading. If you live in Dallas, Texas and a group has a tour stop there, the journalists in your area would be doing a bad job if they didn't make sure you found out more things then you already knew about said band. But there lies the problem. 1) Most writers don't look at the interviews done in years past so they can make sure THEY DON'T ask the same questions. They don't use the 15 minutes they get on the phone to ask questions they think no one else might ask and there for give a reader some new insight or angle. 2) National mags have no excuses. They can cover most groups year round without worry of the impact of a tour or new album because people will forgive them to cover the artist again when the time comes. So in the end the coverage is usually hum drum. Please don't misunderstand there are great journalists out there doing a great job whether they got pushed a story or it came to them in a drunken stupor. But the problem is that if mags only do stories when they're "pushed" to do stores the coverage is only ok at best and just an echo at its worst. Most publications are going to argue that if they put the spin on it that their audience appreciates then it's justified. I say they're right but most times they don't actually follow through. So what are we going to do about it, what has made us who we are to this point. Skip who we're told we should cover and share with you the best most progressive music around. Most of the things we hear simply aren't progressive or forward thinking musically, but when they are boy is it tasty.So look for music to make a big comeback on LEGENDmag through columns like WINEandBEATS and soulbythepound. What we've realized is that although we get pushed alot of music we also find alot and as long as we share with intergrity, we'll be ok.

About the Author

Rai-mon Nemar is an independent lifestyle advocate and the founder of LEGENDmag. With a background in music, coupled with more then 12 years of being an entrepreneur, Rai-mon is a forward-thinking progressive who's life work is synthesizing the independent aesthetic and creating a community for "indies". Visit his blog IndieGuy and follow him on twitter.