Let Me Tell You About The Eye
There's nothing better than trying to build community.
The Eye is a new Bakersfield community website that really couldn't get off the ground without a core group of people getting involved to help build the music scene. We met at a local Starbucks and said, "Yes. Let's do it!"
But how? For starters, with a website and a collective effort of support from musicians and writers supporting bands and venues. All of us together, we decided, can put out a positive vibe.
Negativity doesn't build a scene. But people coming together can.
Matt Munoz over at Bakotopia does a lot for the local music scene. Bakotopia Unplugged is a great local gig for amateurs. He's also written countless articles for web and print about local music. I called him when I had the idea for The Eye. People had been coming to me, asking how I could help the music scene. But I'm trying to build a literary scene, I thought. Didn't matter, the music scene is much bigger. I love music. And I have kids and friends in the scene. So why not help? I told Matt my idea and he said, "Just go do it."
So we did. Or at least we're at a starting point and have the backing of Kern Radio, which is awesome.
I can't write like I did with my old Paperback Writer blog from yesteryear: four blogs a day and attending tons of shows takes its toll. But I can help assemble a team of people who can cover the scene and help it grow. Otherwise, all of that music history gets lost. And I hate when history disappears.
So, stick around. Help The Eye grow. Upload photos. Upload flyers. Share. Write an article. Listen to the Local Sound podcast. And comment on the Eyes and Ears blog. Sound off, good or bad. The Bakersfield music scene isn't perfect. But it's filled with talent and passion.
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