OK, remember how kind I have been over the years in reviews that could've been been written more meanly when you look at "The Beat," the video feature that I do with the Post-Gazette's pop critic, Scott Mervis.
We had been on P-G Plus, the Post-Gazette's pay site, but it was moved this week to the free site, www.post-gazette.com. It's a bit embarassing being so front and center, but it is fun, too. We talk about music events and issues both local and national, and those that fit in between our beats (or at least can be discussed from a pop and classical vantage point.)
Look, it is pretty raw. We were originally asked to just sit in front of a web cam at a computer and say what we are working on, but I foolishly said we should shoot for more! But where "The Beat" lacks in production value and preperation, it makes up in passion, knowledge, behind the scenes stories and maybe even some comedy. Or at least you can laugh at us.
I have known Scott for a decade, sat next to him for years, seen his wonderful family expand and grow up and we have a good rapport together. Look, we both love music and love bringing it to people, and if this is another way (and if it helps us keep our jobs doing this as journalism changes) then it's all good. But just be aware -- we don't even have make-up people here, and no producer. It's often spur of the moment and fun, and I hope it is taken in that light. We plan to put a new one up each week, give or take vacations and other things that take our time.
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