From the Barstool of the Publisher – January 2010

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Sorry if I freaked some of y’all out with my words here last month. I’ve written some pretty outlandish crap on this page over the years, but have never heard a response like I did to last month’s editorial. I thought I was making perfect sense, but it appears I was a bit alarming to some.

I received an international phone call from a  friend in Europe who read it online and thought we were going to re-shape the mag entirely. I got a very endearing e-mail from a local reader who begged us not to change any content.

To those people and others who did not reach out, I ask you to please breathe. This baby of mine ain’t changing in any drastic way.

But we are going to be making some small changes — the first of which you can find this month on page 24. It’s a new colum called “Local Love,” which is designed to highlight a couple of local bands each month. It’s kind of amazing we haven’t done this before, but suddenly last month, the light bulb went on about how to properly implement that idea.

There’s also been discussion about resurrecting our “Overheard” column that gives little tidbits of news around the Colorado music community — you know, the “So-and-so won an award,” “Such-and-such band added a new player,” etc.

When I said last month that the cannabis community has been embracing us wholeheartedly, and that we plan on doing so in return, I meant just that. But what I failed to say is that our music coverage wasn’t going anywhere, and that this support was only going to help us do some things we’ve never had the opportunity to do.

Sure, we might implement some medical marijuana columns, but we’re not going to make knee-jerk reactions when it comes to our content. We’re NOT reshaping the magazine, we’re just opening our minds to the endless possibilities.

For those who were concerned, I really and truly cannot thank you enough. It means you care. It means you “get” us. It means that all of the struggle we’ve put into this magazine hasn’t gone unnoticed and we are so incredibly grateful for that. But think about the changes ahead kind of like losing or (something I’m more familiar with) gaining weight. It’s not going to happen overnight. You’re not going to suddenly wake up and find The Marquee 50 pounds fatter. But we’re going to add a little here and a little there each month, until we’re a nice plump publication that you can’t wait to sink your teeth into — full of juicy music with some nice garnish and side dishes of cannabis. It’s going to be a fun journey and we’re honored to have you along for the ride.

See you at the shows.

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