Revisiting my extensive music collection, one artist at a time

A New Layout For KamerTunesBlog

Hello friends, readers & fellow bloggers. You might have noticed that KamerTunesBlog has a new look. Hopefully you’ll agree with me that it’s a better look than the basic layout I had been using since I began this blog nearly 3 years ago. Instead of a never-ending page of posts in reverse chronological order, the homepage of this new WordPress Rich - New Blog Photo 1 (Cropped)theme features a brief introduction for every post, with a key image for each, in a display that’s much more visually striking. The individual posts shouldn’t have changed much, if at all, but if you see anything that looks strange (like an image out of place or an audio/video clip that’s not functioning), please let me know.

In addition to the new aesthetics, I also plan on making a couple of minor changes when putting together future posts. I found that I’ve been spending too much time writing narratives, as if each post was a magazine article or chapter in a book. I’m not a trained writer, so even though I’ve received some very encouraging feedback on my writing skills, that part of the process takes the most time & often keeps me from the main purpose of this blog: to spend time with the lesser-played artist catalogs in my ever-growing music collection, share the experience with my readers and have conversations with fellow music lovers. So with this in mind, I will still write a paragraph or two on each album but also use bullet points & other shortcuts to highlight:

  • The most notable songs
  • Interesting historical information
  • Other pertinent facts

It’s still a work in progress, and I may end up reverting to what I’ve been doing all along, but after a year in which I revisited fewer artists than I had hoped to…and wrote the fewest number of posts…I’d like to spend the bulk of my time on what’s most important: the music. As always, I invite you to share your thoughts, feedback, criticism, etc. in the Comments section of each post.

Stay tuned for my next series. I’ve already chosen the artist & started listening to his/her/their music, so the first post should be ready very soon. I’ll be working my fingers to the bone to make that happen (yep, there’s a hint in that sentence).

21 comments on “A New Layout For KamerTunesBlog

  1. Heavy Metal Overload
    January 7, 2014

    Looks good to me! And I look forward to reading your new format for the posts. The only band I can think of with a Fingers to the Bone reference is Deep Purple?


    • Thanks for checking out the new layout, Scott. Glad you like it. Deep Purple is a good guess, but not the artist I’ll be covering next. The artist is British, though, so you had the right country.


  2. Phillip Helbig
    January 7, 2014

    Badfinger? Surely not!


    • Badfinger is definitely on the long list of artists to revisit, but I won’t confirm or deny that they’re the next artist. Wondering why you wrote “surely not.” Are you not a fan? I own all of their classic albums, and a few later ones as well.


      • Phillip Helbig
        January 9, 2014

        Actually, I’m not too familiar with them. However, they are relatively obscure, so my guess is that they won’t be next.

        My impression is that they sort of sounded a bit like the Beatles but without the quality. Correct me if I’m wrong.


      • Some of their stuff sounded like The Beatles, especially their hit “Come And Get It” which was written by McCartney, but they added their own unique spin to melodic power-pop on much of their own material. If you’re a fan of bands like Big Star, The Raspberries &/or Cheap Trick, Badfinger is every bit as good as those bands.


  3. ianbalentine
    January 7, 2014

    The Kinks?


  4. stephen1001
    January 7, 2014

    New layout looks good – user-friendly, no glitches that I could see!


    • Thanks, Geoff. Glad the transition seems to have succeeded without any issues. I still have to tweak a couple of minor things, but the functionality is good. I appreciate the feedback.


  5. mikeladano
    January 7, 2014

    Well done Rich! New pictures and everything too. I admit that I knew this was coming (a little bird told me) but it looks really excellent. I too am looking forward to checking out the new post format.

    And Scott…the fingers to the bone reference could be an Iommi reference too!


    • Thanks, Mike. Glad you like the new look…and thanks again for your feedback prior to me making the change. It was very helpful.

      Although I won’t confirm or deny any further guesses about my next series, I can deny your Sabbath suggestion, of course, since I’ve already covered their catalog. But you knew that.


      • mikeladano
        January 7, 2014

        Shoot you’re right. Ummm…Django Reinhart?

        I enjoy that you always tease us about the upcoming features. Still working on my Vulcan mind-meld…


      • Haha…good guess with Django Reinhardt, but that’s not it.

        I don’t purposely tease about upcoming series, but in this world of instant information 24/7, I guess I enjoy injecting just a little bit of mystery from time to time.


  6. Every Record Tells A Story
    January 10, 2014

    Nice layout – an improvement definitely – it’s nice to be able to nose around a little – good job!


    • Thanks, Steve. I really appreciate you taking the time to check out the new layout, and I’m glad you agree that it was a positive change.



  7. Alan K.
    January 11, 2014

    Hey Rich – Can I put a suggestion in the box for Crowded House? I’d be really interested to get your album-by-album take on their career. Just my 2 cents.

    Anyway, whatever your plans are, looking forward to more incisive Kamerman writings in 2014!


    • Thanks for the excellent suggestion, Alan. I will eventually get to Crowded House, but there are a number of other artists on my list that I’m eager to get to soon. Also, I will most likely cover the Finn brothers’ previous band, Split Enz, first. Of course, nothing is set in stone, and it’s possible that I’ll be in the mood for Crowded House as I’m wrapping up one artist series & I’ll choose them at that point, so stay tuned.

      My next series should begin within the next 24 hours. I imagine you’ll like this artist but I don’t know how much. Looking forward to more music conversations with you, which are always a lot of fun. And thanks again for all of your kind words about the blog.


  8. Wayne
    January 19, 2014

    Like the new layout, very fresh and inviting, great work!


    • Thanks, Wayne…for checking out the new layout & for sharing your feedback. I’m really glad you like it. So far it seems like the change has been well-received, which makes the effort I put into it worthwhile.



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