Joining the Awesome of Higher Ed Music Critics

The clock is running out on 2011. This time of year is so busy with projects that it’s easy to get lost in the pile of work to be done. Lucky for me, at least one of my year-end projects is going to be really fun.

Along with a very impressive list of higher ed music junkies, I’ve been asked to help compile a list of 2011’s best albums for the blog Higher Ed Music Critics. While I cannot reveal my personal list of top albums just yet (I’ve been sworn to secrecy, and also I haven’t exactly finished), I have compiled a list of three reasons this project is awesome.

1. I’m catching up on music I’ve missed.

Until Spotify came into my life, it wasn’t often that I listened to new albums in their entirety. Aside from artists I’ve been following for years, I only invested in new albums when they came highly recommended by others. Thankfully, there’s been no shortage of recommendations from my higher ed friends.

2. New (to me) music is on the way.

Take a look at the list of contributors to the Higher Ed Music Critics. If these names aren’t familiar to you, allow me to tell you that we’re going to get really good insight from this group. A few of these folks have introduced me to artists that I now count as my favorites. I’m excited to see where they’ll guide me, and you should be excited, too!

3. I get to talk music with some awesome people.

If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you know that I consider myself incredibly lucky to have been adopted by the higher ed web family. I’ve learned so much about my work and myself since connecting with these people that are so passionate and inspired. Every opportunity to build deeper relationships within this community is something I’m so thankful for.

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