I had to make a change.
I love sharing my reviews of albums. It gives me pleasure to turn someone on to a record.
When I did a physical zine back in the day, print space left me with about a three-sentence paragraph to convey my opinion on a record.
The blog format eliminates space constraints. And this presented a problem.
Therefore, each review I was doing was becoming a feature presentation. This severely limited the amount of music I could share with the world. A backlog of releases I wanted to tell you about that was never going to be shared. When I only shared one with you, there were actually dozens of albums I wanted to share with you. This goes against my overall goals.
My surgery recovery provided me with plenty of time to reflect. I got back to my roots. I decided to shorten up my reviews, not quite back to the old days, but just enough to get my point across and share the music. But an entire blog of three sentences seemed silly. So how many? Ten? A six pack of reviews? A Ramones dozen? How about 5. What comes in fives? There are five senses. A great point when reviewing an album...
But then 5 seemed to pose its own road blocks. This would also take too much time...
So of course I now present, three... While three is tied in with spiritual significance, three is also a hat trick. Three goals in hockey. Or my personal favorite, a Gordie Howe Hat Trick (goal, assist and a fight in one game).
This also provides an opportunity to include observations on classic old albums and even a platform to share videos and events that spark my interest that I want to share and of course a level of freedom to do whatever I want.
Thus I offer a Hat Trick of Frank FOE’s Observations (a word here meaning: a judgment on or inference from what one has observed) & Expressions (a word here meaning: an act, process, or instance of representing in a medium - such as words).
The version of this two song record that I have appears to be a typical cardboard foldout CD. And yes there is a cd but there is also a CD sized record in the other side. The record itself was manufactured using a CD press, but the record has grooves and is played on your turntable. So you know, just get it.