UMC Turns 3!
Three years ago on January 18 — a cold, sunny Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania — a local music blog launched.
Speaking personally, the three years since have been an unbelievable journey I never expected. It’s a tale of triumph and failure, love and loss, and all of those cliches. It took us to great heights locally in eastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey, and has led me on a journey to Nashville to learn what I need to know to raise our game to the next level, on behalf of independent musicians and creators everywhere.
Also, there was the whole name change thing. It’s fair to note that, for most of UMC’s life so far, it wasn’t known as UMC.
A year ago, I was preparing for our 2nd Birthday Spectacular at SteelStacks, still hoping to sell enough tickets to fill the room (which I’m proud to say we did). If you would have told me, a year later, I’d be living in Nashville and getting familiar with new surroundings in perhaps the world’s most renowned music scene, I would have thought you were crazier than the March air. Yet, here we are.
This is life. It takes us to unexpected places. We encounter new people and situations daily and, over the past year, I have truly come to believe that each of those comes into our lives for a reason. They push us forward, they alter our perspectives, and the lessons they teach us stay with us forever, if we’re open to them.
For the past three years, I’ve been on a wild ride that has led me to encounter hundreds of new people; is admittedly partially responsible for the things that didn’t work out, personally and professionally — no, the hustle isn’t all sunshine and rainbows, and anyone who tells you otherwise hasn’t really experienced it — and has led me to some of the most unique and memorable experiences of my life.
All of the above and more has played a role in pointing me and this vision to Music City in time for our third birthday — and I couldn’t be happier or more excited to bring that vision new life as we go.
With that being said, it’s going to take time to do it right. As of this writing, I haven’t even been living here for two months. So, there’s still some settling in to do on my end, while I continue to explore the landscape — here and beyond — and our role in it.
Year 4 (2019) will be about defining that role, so that we can continue to do a better job of what we’ve been trying to do this entire time, from the Lehigh Valley to Music Valley: giving your art a platform to grow.
Whether you’re just joining the ride, or you’ve been riding shotgun from the very beginning, thank you.
Oh, and buckle up. 😉