Riff ‘N Ralk is dead. Long live Riff ‘N Rock
2017 marked five years since Ryan and I embarked on this journey to create a music podcast that combined critical music critique with a bit of heart, nonsense, and humor. I do not think we have ended up where we envisioned, but it is safe to say we are certainly proud of the route we have wandered, for better and for worse.
Five years ago, I proposed the idea of a podcast and he eagerly agreed to jump on board. We did so without a website, without web-hosting, or an idea of how to actual assemble a podcast. Our earliest episodes were rough, and I had to savagely edit to create a semi-coherent podcast that was not primarily non-sequiturs and me stuttering. Before we could even create bad podcasts we needed a name, and because it seemed funny at the time Riff ‘N Ralk Music Tock was born. At the time it seemed great, a quirky albeit strange podcast name that would help us stand out among the maybe one or two other shows trying to do what we do.
Five years in and it is apparent our cuteness and personal lives have gotten the better of us, having to endlessly explain our podcast name, its misspelling, and how to find us has created chaos, confusion, and dithering progress at best. As the years have rolled along our personal lives had also gotten the best of us and the ability for us to focus on our project has waned at times. I felt for a period in mid 2016 that it could be the beginning of the end for us, a fun journey that never materialized the way we had envisioned.
2017 has been a bit of a rebirthing fortunately. While TeAngelo joined us in 2016 full time, his commitment to the podcast grew and we gained a new permanent host in Kris, allowing for us to have two teams reviewing albums. This has given Ryan some slack as he focuses his attention on being a father, allowed for a more diverse sampling of music to review and discuss, and most importantly it has significantly increased our episode output. We moved from doing about 13-5 episodes in a year to about 20 in 2017 with a few others recorded in 2017 not done yet as I write this. It obviously increases the workload for me as I edit every episode, but it also gives us a new fire and invigorates us more to keep doing what we are doing.
As I noticed our output increasing I decided that it was also now time for some changes, a fresh coat of paint, and a new shot at accomplishing our goal of being a semi-relevant music podcast. The biggest change is our name. After five years of a spelling error being our brand we have opted for proper grammar. Riff ‘N Ralk Music Tock is dead. Music Talk is us. Riff ‘n Rock dot com is our home base. Riff ‘N Rock represents all the hard work that we put into this project with Music Talk being our center piece, or main project. If you look us up on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, or other platforms we are now Music Talk.
Over the course of this year I will be hard at work converting everything to our new name with the final goal of a new URL later on. We are hoping to move to a newer and faster server, and we are aiming to have a website redesign. This will take time, and changes will roll out slowly, but I know you will enjoy them as they come. We are hoping to add a few new shows to our website that will help us be a more robust and diverse place for podcasts and creative writing.
Speaking of writing, I know my output has significantly dipped as time has progressed. Life obligations, frustrations with my work and other factors have been the main source of this. I don’t have an answer as to whether this will change or not. I enjoy it as a hobby, but when it feels like a chore I disconnect. I’m hoping to find some new found energy in writing more articles, but nothing is for certain.
For those who have followed us since we started this in late 2012, thank you. For those who recently joined us, I welcome you to our humble little project. I feel hopeful that 2018 will be a promising year we we get back on course and move forward, and where I figure out how to effectively Twitter….still haven’t gotten that one figured out yet. From myself, Ryan, TeAngelo, and Kris we thank you for continuing to listen, read, and interact with us.