It is with a tremendous amount of pride, and a tinge of sadness, that I annouce the end of The Hanging Tree, a music blog which I started on September 11th, 2009 in my basement on a whim, simply to take up ample amount of free time I had on my hands.
The site was more than succesful in ways I ever thought of. From the first review (The Arctic Monkey'sHumbug) to the last Song of the Moment (Tom Jones' "She's A Lady"), over 10,000 hits were registered on the blog and the Facebook page. I achieved hits in countries from across the globe and was even spied on by record labels and MTV.
I'm closing up shop because (a) I no longer have the amount of free time which is required to keep this blog maintained the way it should be (b) I'm morphed from a news / criticism blog to simply criticism in a more condensed form which runs once a month in a Column I post here on Facebook as well as on Tumblr at http://mistermusicsnob.tumblr.com/ I still plan to stay on top of music and pop culture in general because it's who I am.
I would like to thank my friend Dave Beauchene for his funny, insightful and intelligent contributions to the blog and for adding an in depth layer to the site which I never could reach on my own. I've often told him he should make a blog of his own, but I'm sure he has more important things to do like... ya know... being an adult and earning a living.
I would also like to thank Will Grimm, Michael Hadley, Anthony Lents and Whitney Stapleton for commenting frequently on the many discussions brought up over the years, and always expressing their views, even if I didn't fully agree with them. They indulged me and I will always be thankful for that.
Another thanks to Jason Wineinger for helping to create the logo and really give an identity to The Hanging Tree.
This isn't a goodbye, just a closing of one chapter and the beginning of another. I'll still be out there, always reminding you how right I am when it comes to anything music. Well... at least I'll always think I'm right.
Thank you for the support in these brief months.
- Jon LaFollette