Wednesday then, very much the Coldplay of days of the week. Without it you can’t get to the bounty and near excitement that Thursday and Friday brings and yet everyone is accepting of Wednesdays which much like Coldplay is a very ordinary day; I imagine we tolerate Wednesdays because it isn’t Monday or Tuesday. Thus Coldplay aren’t Athlete or Travis, but that hardly makes them more loveable.
Today is a special Wednesday though as this marks the 900th post on The Clash Blog, some cause for celebration and reflection on the fact that 900 times I’ve had something I thought worth sharing. Luckily though the internet and growing respect for The Clash coupled with the unexpected diversity of activity from Mick especially but Paul too has never left me short of things to say. I grabbed the calculator this morning and realised that on average I’ll spend perhaps 2.5 hours conceiving of each post, researching it, writing it, rewriting it, adding images and links and then publishing it online and trying to make sure it gets found each day. Then of course there’s time spent replying to comments and emails and trying to be vaguely entertaining on Facebook. When all is said and done I’ve spent over 2,500 hours working on the blog since starting it in 2009, over 100 days of my life. I know some posts border on me falling into ranting or trainspotting but I hope overall it’s been worth the time. For me it has, having had the chance to connect with people from all corners of the globe and hear your stories about the band and I hope in some cases make new friendships. Please don’t be shy and join in the comments section, there are some really great (and very knowledgeable) people out there. Remarkably I’ve only become especially annoyed with a select few people, typically those that complain about everything and offer no solutions. I’d hope that the single most clear message from The Clash was to get involved – make something out of what you are passionate about. If you impact even a few people it was fully worth it. I’d like to say I worked that out when my brother first blared ‘Give ‘em Enough Rope’ from his bedroom to alert my then 11 year old ears, in truth I sussed it out quite a bit later. After The Clash there was no other band who picked up the banner and raised it quite as high.
Beyond that I find myself saying thank you for reading, contributing and sharing a blog that I felt there was room for. One that tried to bring together Clash fans from wherever you may be. If I helped a few people want to buy a record, get to a concert or exhibition or simply reassess just how music can be a tonic for even the toughest times then I’m glad I write. Without you reading the blog it’s nothing more than me typing words to myself after all.
This sounds a bit like a goodbye now doesn’t it? It’s not – for those of you who are wanting to know a lot more about ‘The Rise and Fall of The Clash’ film about to be premiered I’m very excited to tell you that director Danny Garcia was extremely generous with his time and answered my laundry list of questions (and concerns) about the film. I hope you find that even half as interesting as I did. I’ll be bringing you that tonight.
Enjoy your Coldplay day, tomorrow will be better. Tim