February 2, 2015 | by Bryne Yancey

If there’s one thing music writers love even more than writing about music, it’s writing about other music writing or worse, writing about themselves. As if anyone cares. I’ll keep it brief. 

 There’s a music writer exercise happening on twitter throughout February, and it’s actually a pretty revelatory idea: Every day, listen to a classic album for the first time ever and write one tweet about it. It’s the brainchild of Gary Suarez (@nokoyono), who’s written for The Quietus, Noisey, Billboard and many other pubs.

The truth is, as cultured as a lot of music writers attempt to be, there’s just a lot of shit we’ve never heard for one reason or the other. Like any “job” it can be easy to fall into a comfort zone writing about a certain scene or genre. I’ve heard most classic punk and heavy metal records at least once; I’m treating this exercise as an excuse to expand my horizons as a music fan and hopefully, my dexterity as a writer. I’ll compile some kind of wrap-up of what I listened to and what I thought about all of it, as well as the whole #MWE experience, in early March. 

And hey, you don’t have to be a writer to participate! Just be a twitter user. Despite the name, this is an exercise everyone can do. Tweet at me (@howtobepunk) if you’re taking part and follow the #MWE hashtag to see what everyone else is spinning. Let’s have some fun.

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