Dear faithful friends, followers, supporters, and creatives,
On Thursday evening Asbury Park’s storied music and arts community descended upon the Boardwalk’s most hallowed house of music, The Stone Pony, to celebrate the old guard at the backbone of its continued success and the burgeoning new school of talent that will lead it into the future.
It was during this extravaganza that time was taken out to recognize Speak Into My Good Eye, once to be awarded Top Website In Support Of Live Music and another individual recognition for myself as Top Journalist In Support Of Live Music.
Blinded by the explosive fluorescence of the house lighting, adrenaline rushing with the excitement of the moment, all of the notes and prepared missives drained from my mind as I was left a stammering, honored, and humbled mess atop the famed planks I’d seen many a more deserved boots pounce upon in recent years.
It is with that in mind that I write this letter to all of you. Think of it as the proper acceptance speech that never was.
With that, I’d like to thank the scene as a whole. As I stressed on Thursday, without the acceptance and willingness to work with us, without the artists’ hunger to create, the venues (Asbury Lanes, BandsOnABudget, Brighton Bar, Dauphin Grille, Langosta Lounge, The Press Room, The Saint, The Stone Pony, Trinity & The Pope) working hard to keep the doors open, and the owners’ willingness to work with my staff and I, a site like Speak Into My Good Eye would have no purpose.
Thank you to my team (Mike Mehalick, Kristen Driscoll, Christiana Hart, Matt Ascone) for their belief in this passion project and efforts to transform it into something greater. As a guy who played baseball for the first 20 years of his life, team achievements mean more to me than any individual accolade could, and sharing this recognition with you means a great deal.
Thank you to my fellow journalists for your support from day one. During an era in the journalism industry where showing kindness and acceptance for the new guy is seldom a reality, John Pfeiffer (The Aquarian Weekly), Jim Testa (JerseyBeat.com), Gary Wien (NewJerseyStage.com), and Bill Bodkin (Pop-Break.com) never hesitated to offer motivation and advice.
Thank you to the bands that provided the soundtrack to such a wonderful evening, including Colton Kayser and Charlotte Sometimes whose solo acoustic offerings are a joy to experience; Elevator Art, The Amboys, and Lightning Jar, whose varied takes on the Folk-Rock genre and communal ideology strengthen our scene with each explosive riff and/or subdued refrain; Breathing Blue (Graviteer), Stiff Motion, and Set It Free for providing powerful gut checks and unstable mosh pits for the fist tossing hooligans of this artistic hot bed.
The community that SIMGE resides within is as much responsible for the success of this site as my team and myself.
Thank you, thank you, and thanks again.
EIC, Speak Into My Good Eye
NOTE: Kristen Driscoll was on hand to document the evening. Check out her photos from the evening below: