#885.5: Freestylin’ 9

WordPress is changing and so I too must change. Nine years, I’ve been flying with WordPress. They are now foisting this new editor upon us. And so, I thought I should try to write with it.

Today I listened to Deep Purple’s The Battle Rages On in the car. Hey, I can still do colour.

The new editor isn’t great but so far so good. My problem is that when I get into a creative groove, I want to be able to go on autopilot. I don’t want to be pecking and searching and figuring out how I used to do something when the words should be flowing freely. But here we are; change is inevitable. Therefore, this brief test post.

Test photo gallery: A tease of upcoming reviews. Can you guess what they are?

Sadly, I only have four reviews currently lined up. I have felt a disturbance in the Force. The Friday night show, it takes up so much time and energy I simply have not been able to write and review as much as I used to. But I can’t give up the Friday night show. It is too important to me. And to my friends. I will continue to post daily, but I’m sure you’ve noticed review content has been less frequent.

I feel like I need to review something really quick in order to compensate for my lack of reviews. Plus it gives me an excuse to try embedding a video.

JULY TALK – “Laid” (2020 music video)

July Talk are a fantastically quirky quintet from Toronto, fronted by Leah Fay and Peter Dreimanis. His gravelly Tom-Waits-ish gutterals are a delightful contrast to Leah’s melodic whimsy. Their 2020 live video cover version of James’ hit “Laid” is simply great. You could argue that anybody can cover “Laid” based on every bad bar band that you saw do it. What I like here is that July Talk make it sound like a July Talk song.

One camera, no edits. Pete’s mask dangles from his ear while Leah hangs on out barefoot on the couch. Josh Warburton, Ian Docherty, Danny Miles, rocking it in the back. The masked drummer, wailing away on that signature drum riff. This non-album track adds to the band’s excellent canon of video material. If you like this one, check out their latest single “The News”.

4.5/5 stars

I think I’ve accomplished what I set out to do, which is familiarize myself with the new editor so I can continue to produce content for you! Blame Kevin.



      1. It has become a lot better. And locking that bar on the top yesterday… game changer. That was my biggest pet peeve buy far. I still find cutting and pasting a bit awkward though.


  1. I was struggling with this yesterday – if my email started you on this journey, I’m sorry.

    I do truly dislike the new block editor. Change for the sake of change, fixing something that was not broken. Weve been doing this since 2006, the old way was muscle memory. Now I must apparently learn new tricks just because some web developer team got bored. Gah.

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    1. Well your email “started it” sort of, but it was Kevin’s comment that you can lead a horse to water that kind of forced my hand. I figured if the change really is coming, I need to be ready for it. How about that link I sent — did that work for you?


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