I’ve been writing about music professionally since 2000, starting with Sonicnet, a short-lived
Internet site that apparently paid too well to survive. I’ve written reviews and feature articles
for the national magazine Offbeat, which focuses on the music of Louisiana; for two
alternative weeklies in Albuquerque, the now-defunct (not my fault) Crosswinds and the
ongoing Weekly Alibi. Since 2004, in Albuquerque The Magazine, I have authored a monthly
column that focuses on the lively local music scene here, trying to push one of the city’s
best-kept secrets out into the open.
In the course of my work, I’ve had the honor of interviewing and writing about many well-
respected musicians, including Sonny Rollins, Wynton Marsalis, Luciana Souza, Chris
Smither, Rahim Al Haj, Tom McDermott, Evan Christopher, Omar Sosa, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Tommy Emmanuel, Cedric Watson, Bill Frisell, Benjamin Herman, Maria de Barros,
Christopher Bleckinsop (17 Hippies), Zakir Hussain, Amjad Ali Khan, and Eric Vloeimans, to
drop a few names.
My credentials are simple: I’m an avid listener with a passion for music that moves me, a
regard for those who create it, and a curiosity about how they do it.
I hope I can add somehing to your appreciation of music.
Thanks for listening— Mel Minter