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January 31, 2008

Happy Sixth Birthday, Largehearted Boy!!!

Today marks the sixth birthday of this blog. I couldn't let the anniversary pass without thanking everyone who has supported this project, which has truly evolved from a side project to vocation, from hobby to profession.

This past year has been incredibly fun and fulfilling for me and the blog as several new features debuted. Soundtracked has directors and composers discussing their film's soundtrack albums. The Largehearted Boy Cross-Cultural Media Exchange Program features authors interviewing musicians (and vice versa). We even featured our first guest music book review, a feature that will see many more entries this year.

The Note Books series (where musicians discuss books) featured its first comedian (Patton Oswalt), and the Book Notes series (where authors create and discuss a music playlist) continues to grow (and keep me reading most of my waking hours).

A great thanks to everyone who reads Largehearted Boy. I am still surprised every time I look at the number of visitors or get a note from a regular reader... I appreciate having the opportunity to share what I love with the world, whether it is music, books, or pop culture news. Musicians, authors, and other artists have filled my life with so much, I am glad to return the favor in whatever way I can. I am grateful to every artist and author who took the time to contribute to the blog. If you sent me your music, books, or other creative output, thanks for making my days brighter. Thanks to Atomic Books for sponsoring my 52 Books, 52 Weeks project for the past four years, Benn and Rachel put the "indie" in indie bookstore, and I am proud to be associated with such fine people. Thanks to the music and literary bloggers I respect (see the sidebar, visit them all) who share the passion.

Largehearted Boy is six years old. With 5+ years of daily posts, I should thank my wife above all. She puts up with my constant music listening, reading, and often attends shows with me. Without her unwavering support, I'm sure LHB would have joined the blog graveyard a long time ago...

I'm off to celebrate with some sweet tea, barbecue pork, and potato salad, I'm saving the hard stuff (cupcakes and beer) for this evening...

also at Largehearted Boy:

Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
guest book reviews
musician/author interviews
directors discuss their film's soundtracks
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2007 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2006 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2005 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2004 Edition)


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