A Special Zumic Thank You [Letter from the Editor]

Brad Bershad

by Brad Bershad

Published November 28, 2013

Dear readers,

As we reach Thanksgiving of 2014, I look back at Zumic's first ten months with a lot of thanks to give. Since launching in February, we've had 293,000 unique visitors and 497,000 pageviews, and I appreciate every one of you who came to Zumic and gave us a chance. Thank you for reading, and stay tuned for more great stuff in the future. We're learning on the fly, and I appreciate your patience through our formative time period.

Our goal is provide high quality music across all genres, which is a difficult thing to do. Music is a powerful thing and we work hard to provide you gourmet home cooked meals as opposed to fast food. We try to entertain and keep things interesting while being honest and maintaining our integrity as journalists.

We care about our audience. If you have any comments or suggestions, please let us know through our contact page or through social media (facebook, twitter, google+).

Thanks also go to the great musicians who make the beautiful music that brightens all of our days and nights. In no particular order, here's our working list of top artists and bands of 2014: Arctic Monkeys, Pharrell, Arcade Fire, Danny Brown, Imagine Dragons, Cayucas, Queens of the Stone Age, M.I.A., FIDLAR, Frank Turner, Cage the Elephant, Major Lazer, Darkside, HAIM, Sky Ferreira, Savages, Disclosure, Jake Bugg, Flosstradamus, Paul McCartney, Deafheaven, Atlas Genius, CHVRCHES, Albert Hammond Jr., Kaytranada, Action Bronson, Blood Orange / Dev Hynes, John Mayer, Lorde, Janelle Monae, Rudimental, Man Man, Califone, Star Fucker, Kendrick Lamar, Daft Punk, Ed Sheeran, Deer Tick, TNGHT, AlunaGeorge, Avicii, Moon Boots, Jim James, Bastille, James Blake, Grouplove, Little Green Cars, Phoenix, Mike WiLL Made It, Taylor Swift, Kacey Musgraves, Shout Out Louds, Giraffage, Vampire Weekend, Dave Grohl, A$AP Ferg, Dads, Parquet Courts, Gary Clark Jr., The National, Ben Rector, Frightened Rabbit, Miguel, The Head and the Heart , Tame Impala, Justin Timberlake, ZZ Ward, Au Revoir Simone, Calvin Harris, Bruno Mars, Foals, The 1975, The Neighbourhood, Laura Mvula, Lianne La Havas, Widowspeak, Keep Shelly in Athens, and San Fermin.

Special thanks to my content team: Evan Petersen, Patrick Lyons, Sandra Baptista, Gregory Morris, Michael Charbonneau, Alex Keyes, Zachary Ayer, Josh Cranin, Karl-Lydie Jean-Baptiste, Tricia Matolka, and Francesco Marano. Also, our past writers Jimmy Haas, Amanda Whitbeck, Annie Eklund, Arielle Cruz, Naomi McPherson, Nick Giannettino, Donovan Farley, Thomas Mulgrew, Chase Stafford, Derek Dademian, Miranda Barros, Jennifer Sodini, and Brad Zomick. Also, my web development team of Sam Friedman, Adam Cheslow, and John Surdakowski deserve a lot of thanks for building our clean functional Beta website and helping build our next generation interface that we are really excited about. Last (and certainly not least) I want to thank the advisers who have helped Zumic get to this point: my dad David Bershad, Delisha Grant, Alan Kannof, and George Gilbert. Also, many of my other friends and family (and even strangers) who have made helpful suggestions for us.

To end, I share this toast NOT WRITTEN BY KANYE WEST:

If music be the food of love, play on;
Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting,
The appetite may sicken, and so die.
That strain again! it had a dying fall:
O, it came o'er my ear like the sweet sound,
That breathes upon a bank of violets,
Stealing and giving odour! Enough; no more:
'Tis not so sweet now as it was before.
O spirit of love! how quick and fresh art thou,
That, notwithstanding thy capacity
Receiveth as the sea, nought enters there,
Of what validity and pitch soe'er,
But falls into abatement and low price,
Even in a minute: so full of shapes is fancy
That it alone is high fantastical.
-William Shakespeare, from Twelfth Night

Peace and love to all of you in the holidays.

Brad Bershad


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