Music City moment

Music City moment: On the way to-and-from the Tuesday-evening mandolin lessons of the 14-year-old in my house, he and I lately have been listening to Vanderbilt’s student radio station, WRVU. The station’s eclectic programming means that on the way to the lesson, we listen to obscure late-80s punk music and on the way home, bluegrass. In an “only-in-Nashville” experience, tonight when we got into the car to head home, on the radio, WRVU was playing a recording of the bluegrass song my son had just been working on with his instructor — and it was his instructor — Butch Baldassri, one of the greatest — playing on the radio. Talk about making an impression on a 14-year-old.

Word up

Word up: The word “blog” would like to thank all the little people who have helped it become Merriam-Webster’s word of the year, 2004. I will not make any predictions about Time’s “little people of the year” going in a similar direction, however, if A-List bloggers on opposite coasts start mentioning similar photo shoots, then I’ll start spreading conspiracy theories.

(via: Steve Rubel)

Custom publishing update

Custom publishing update: Here’s an interesting brand extension. Direct Marketer, Penzeys Spices, is launching a magazine, Penzeys One.

Quote from Bill Penzeys’s introduction letter:

Another key difference is who gets to be the hero of our magazine. It won’t be some celebrity chef who spends his evenings away from the people he cares about. The hero will not be some professional writer who claims to know the exact correct way to do everything. The hero of our magazine will be you the reader. You are the one putting forth the effort of cooking to better the lives of the people around you. You deserve the spotlight. I have never understood why magazines that are supposed to be for cooks make people who cook look vaguely like bumpkins who just fell off the turnip truck and are somehow living in the past. I have met you guys and you are bright, charming engaged people. The warmth inside you that drives you to want to enrich the lives around you shines through. You are our future. You are my heroes and the magazine will do its best to show people who cook as the truly cool people they are.

Trivia: The very first magazine published by Hammock Publishing (back in 1991) was an employee publication called “One” for a large corporate client.