Sunday, March 8, 2009


Thank you so much for coming to this page. There are billions of sites you could have gone to instead so your cyber presence is appreciated. I’d imagine if you’re reading this, you probably know me but regardless, here is a bit of personal info as well as my aspirations for this blog

My name is Ben Tully and I am a twenty-year-old college student at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington, USA where I plan to graduate in 2011. You can read my “About Me” page for a more detailed description of who I am, but in a nutshell, I am a music freak who loves writing about, composing, and playing music. Recently, I’ve toyed with the idea of writing about music for a living. I write album reviews for the PLU newspaper (The Mast) and have posted all my reviews on, but have recently wanted to expand my music writing horizons. There are a lot more opinions in my head than just what albums are good, bad or ugly. To me, this is the perfect place to write about anything music related. For example, someday you may read an article entitled “Why do people often say they like all genres except country?” or “Copying music: To burn or not to burn” or “Beethoven vs. Brian Wilson.” I’m not making any promises, but these are some things that I could hypothetically write about.

The blog’s title is a song by David Crosby released on Crosby and Nash’s first album in 1972. It’s a fantastic song but has no particular significance to me or to this site. It just seemed to be a good blog title. I hope to post here weekly or more often, despite my hectic schedule as a college student. The goal is for this to become more than just another blog. I don’t plan on gushing my feelings or divulging into my personal life. It’s arrogant enough to create an entire website of my own opinions so I might as well keep it focused on the music. Like I said on my “About Me,” any feedback is more than welcome. Since I’d like to get paid for this someday, pointing out flaws is helpful and not hurtful at all, as long as your criticism is backed up. Feedback that only says “You suck at writing” won’t be particularly beneficial.

I love expressing my thoughts about music, but often I do so upon deaf ears. Writing it in this fashion will A) be articulated better than if I had spoken on the subject, and B) be there for anyone who wants to read it, but if you’d rather not, that’s okay. I realize that a lot of people out there listen to what they like and leave it at that, and there is nothing wrong with this philosophy. As long as you’re interested in furthering your knowledge of something, you’re cool with me. Nonetheless, I’m really looking forward to this and I hope you check it every now and then for new posts. Thanks again and I hope you enjoy Page 43!


  1. I can say I am excited to hear (read?) what you have to say on the other aspects of music. I think we all focus too much on good/bad/terrible albums rather than other aspects of it, such as "all genres but country" and so on.

    Maybe you could try and compare two totally different albums with each other, like the Beastie Boys "Paul's Boutique" with Captain Beefheart's "Trout Mask Replica". You know, take two totally unrelated albums and try to force yourself to see the relation even on a surface level.

    Obviously, this is your blag and you are to write what you like, but I can say this site is getting bookmarked (or favourited in the case of you Internet Explorer users), keep me posted!

    Charles W.

  2. hey Ben,

    my suggestion for the blog would be to write about albums like the blueprint by jay-z or illmatic by nas, you know, to branch out a little bit. I'd like to hear your thoughts on those.

  3. Thank you so much for including me. It's a great idea. I will check it every week and comment when I feel knowledgeable enough.



  4. Yes! Ben, this is such a great idea!