The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same
Often, the saying referenced in the title of this letter suggests a sense of disappointment, the idea that efforts to change and improve are met with results that are lamentably the same. In this letter, I hope to reframe that perception with a confidence that as things change with the R!S Blog, the excellence that has accompanied it, and its predecessor, Rhythm! Scene, will continue to be a distinguishing characteristic of this digital publication for PAS!
The first issue of Rhythm! Scene hit the Percussive Arts Society website on February 1, 2014, under the supervision of Percussive Notes Senior Editor Rick Mattingly. By the third issue, Megan Arns was appointed editor of this publication and helped establish it as a quality digital resource. About three years later, in January 2017, I had the pleasure of following in Megan’s footsteps, taking over the reigns as Rhythm! Scene editor, still of course in partnership with Rick. In late 2019, after six years as a bimonthly digital magazine, PAS leadership recommended that the publication transition to a blog format, releasing new content several times each week instead of a single digital magazine every other month. A handful of people worked diligently behind the scenes to bring some of the published R!S magazine content to the blog in anticipation of the formal debut on January 1, 2020. Today marks the three-year anniversary of that transition and the nine-year anniversary of Rhythm! Scene as a free, digital publication of the Percussive Arts Society. It also marks my sign-off as editor.
Yet, with change, as we have seen over decades of progress from PAS, comes growth, expansion, new ideas, new opportunities, and as I expect will be the case with the R!S Blog, much of the same excellent digital content available to PAS members and the greater percussion community!
The Composition Committee will continue to created new solos every other month. The Education Committee will continue to provide Tuesday Tips. The Drum Set Committee is committed to providing a Groove of the Month and PAS Playlists. The Health and Wellness committee will continue to create Wellness Wednesday content. You will still see your monthly Throwback Thursday and From the Museum columns, along with so much other great content created by individuals within our percussion community.
So, as I said in my R!S Blog welcome article three years ago, please subscribe, check-in regularly, tell others about this resource, and if you are so inclined, contribute articles, interviews, or news of your own. As a reader myself, I continue to expect that you, our percussion community, will be creating and submitting content that holds to and raises the standard of this digital resource.