100 BANDS in 100 DAYS:
Why did I do this to myself? Simply put: I used to go out and see a lot of music, and I used to write about a lot of music. Sadly, I wasn’t doing either as often anymore. I had to change that. And what better place than NYC. There are hundreds of music venues here, and probably thousands of possible bands to see every night. So for 100 days – from Jan 23 to May 2 – I went and saw 100 consecutive days of live music in a self-induced binge gigging marathon.
I had to see 100 bands in 100 days. That was (at least) one band every day for 100 days.
It must be 100 different bands. No repeats.
When I arrived at the show, I had to stay until the end of the main set. Encores were optional.
I had to see music every single day – no days off.
Obviously, I wanted to see a lot of great music and meet a lot of great people. But this was about more than just music:
It was about wanting to finish something huge. To do something crazy.
I wanted to put myself through something like this to see if I could do it. I don’t have the endurance or will to run a real marathon, but I did think I could pull off a music marathon.
I wanted to become more assertive, in general. I hoped that by talking to bands, meeting new people, getting out there and making myself do this would help – and it did.
I wanted to work out a better work/life balance. That worked, too.
I want to write about music again. Check.
I wanted to continue figuring these things out, and add to this list as the project continued…I didn’t really do that. At least, not in print.