Manic Mondays Coming To An End
(September 15, 2009)
Ever since I resumed doing the show after my hiatus earlier this year I've felt like I haven't been putting my all into it. The scripts have been rushed, often the recordings were rushed, and overall I just felt like the quality wasn't there. I decided to take the show live to try to breathe some life into it, but that has been one technological nightmare after another. I was up until 1:00 am doing the show last week and I began to question whether it was worth continuing the show. After having a long discussion with my wife yesterday about my time and what I'm doing with it I decided that it wasn't.
The show has been great. It did what I originally set out for it to do which was provide me with a creative outlet for some ideas that I had. But after 4 and a half years and 227 episodes it doesn't feel creative anymore. It's just one more thing I have to do. Get some news. Find some songs to play. Record. Repeat. I really feel that at this point my time could be better spent on other things. I also think it's a good idea to end the show before it languishes on too long and people begin to say that I should have ended it years ago.
So with all that said the next episode of Manic Mondays, episode 228, will be the last. It will not be live because I'll be out of town this weekend. But it will show up in the feed as usual and I'll post a link to the MP3 on Twitter.
I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped out with the show over the years. To Grant Baciocco and Tony Goldmark who provided the initial inspiration for the show. To all the various people who filled in for me on days when I couldn't do the show. To everyone who sent in content like news articles, especially Cary Whitney who has sent in thousands of articles. To all the artists I've interviewed over the years. And most importantly to everyone who listened to the show. Thank you for listening.
It has been a fun ride but I think it's time to get off now.
Update 9/21/09: This week's episode is now live. Download it here.
Very sorry to hear that, but I do understand.. Let's see what you come up with next!
September 15, 2009 8:14 am
I'll miss it, but I do understand. Hope this will leave you more energy for more great songs!
September 19, 2009 10:26 pm
I,for one, will miss the show. I always looked forward to hearing the next show. Why not try once a month?
September 21, 2009 2:48 pm
Been with you since episode 38. As a husband, father and business owner myself, I understand your priorities very well. If it's no longer rewarding, please move on. Thank you very much for the last couple years!
Just logged onto thefump.com for the first time today. I'll look for you there!
September 23, 2009 3:21 pm
Thanks Tom for the fun shows and for playing my music when you did. I hope things work out for you whatever you do and maybe someday will meet up again.