It’s hard to believe that I’ve been writing this column for a little over three years. My first real introduction to writing about geek music was Nerdapalooza 2010. My first column under the “Geek Music” banner was published just before NAP (I did publish a list of the best genre musicals that got some buzz on Whedonesque before the column, although it wasn’t under that name), but the event was the impetus for starting the column. I missed 2011 because it conflicted with The Amaz!ng Meeting (as I said before, I wasn’t about to miss Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye!), but I came back in 2012 and this year as well (report coming soon!). The Nerdapaloozas have without doubt been the highlights of the past few years, but there have been plenty of other milestones along the way. Join me, if you will, on my reflection of the last few years in geek music. I think rather than try to do this in any kind of chronological order, I’m going to break it up into categories. First up are some of the columns that go beyond just the normal reviews that I usually write. The two that I’m most proud of would be my attempt to define what, exactly, constitutes “Geek Music” (a definition that still fits what I write about), and my commentary on what’s been called “
Patronage” (which was commented on by Neil Gaiman!). The latter I have actually used with my high school students to get them to think differently about paying for music. I’m not sure if I changed their minds, but I do believe it made them think.
Also in that first category would be my introduction to nerdcore. I posted a couple of lists about nerd girls, but I have to wonder if maybe that might have been a bit sexist, so I also wrote up a list celebrating all geeks and nerds. I intended to start a set of columns pitting artists against each other à la Duel of the Fates, but I only ever got around to writing about Mr. B and Professor Elemental (plus I couldn’t quite create fake categories about real, actual people). I did start writing about geeky cover songs, but I think my favorite from that list was my April Fools’ version about “dream cover songs” (and, also, as a side note, Paul and Storm did a Meatloaf style parody for