Kelly J. Baker just posted an article called “Goodbye to All That,” about abandoning her recently-contracted plan to write an academic book on the cultural history of zombies. I have very similar feelings about my work on music in The Simpsons, including my proposed academic book, related possible journal articles, and already-presented conference papers (e.g., 2006, 2013). Without a tenure-track, professorial context, I have to let those types of academic things go and possibly reimagine them as public music history projects instead. I’ve already made that transition from my dissertation on the rock band Rush to Experiencing Rush: A Listener’s Companion (2014) and am currently working on Experiencing Peter Gabriel: A Listener’s Companion (2016). So, I don’t see why I should stop now. Maybe, I’ll be able to get to the point of making a living wage at it!
I heard on July 15th that “Rush and Philosophy” (which I’m co-editing and contributing towards) is going ahead in the Popular Culture and Philosophy series of Open Court Publishing. Now, I just have to figure out how to have it not take up too much of my time between September and April, especially given that my Simpsons’ music book for Oxford UP is also likely to be approved shortly. Could someone not have given me these book deals well BEFORE I was about to abandon musicology?