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Conrad Amenta

Conrad has written for online publications Cokemachineglow and Killscreen magazine. He has a novel called The Lost Chord, which you can buy here.

How I learned to listen: on ten years of writing music criticism

by Conrad Amenta

Note: This post has appeared on LinkedIn and Cokemachineglow.

About ten years ago, at the age of twenty-five and while visiting my parents over the Christmas holidays, I sat down at the computer in their study and submitted an application to write music reviews for Cokemachineglow. Over the intervening decade I would write about two hundred reviews and essays, dedicating what must have been thousands of hours to molding my unsolicited opinion into 500-word communiqués to a vaguely understood readership. It’s in the spirit of decathlonial retrospection that I find myself asking why I would ever do such a thing. Continue reading “How I learned to listen: on ten years of writing music criticism”

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