Rumbling Crescendo – An Introduction

The people who play Magic aren’t just Magic players. One thing the kept me engaged with the game for so long are the stories that were told about competitors at major events. Magic is a game but it can be so much more.

When I first started writing a blog, it took me forever to come up with a name. I wanted something that would include my hobbies which included games like Magic, World of Warcraft, and Star Wars RPGs as well as my love of ska and pop-punk. Going to high school in Brooklyn in the lat 90s/early 00s exposed me to the rise of Bomb the Music Industry! and the Long Island post-hardcore emo rise; I spent several hours watching BigWig opening for other bands at venues like Irving Plaza, Roseland Ballroom, and a basement venue called The Temple. One of the indelible moments of my life is when, moving to Buffalo for graduate school, UPS lost a single box: it contained most of my Magic collection and most of my CDs.

Fast forward to the age of digital music. For the past several years I’ve been a fan of If You’re Listening – a podcast where the hosts banter about albums that were important to one of them during high school (and beyond), and those of guests. A recent episode on Screeching Weasel really spoke to me and sparked the idea that became this series.

In Rumbling Crescendo I’m going to ask people in the world of Magic about music. How they interact with it and anything else they want to discuss. I’m excited to see how this goes and I hope you come along for the ride.

I want to take a moment to thank all my Patrons – both old and new. I am going to do my level best to keep providing you with the kind of content that brought you here in the first place. If you are interested in supporting my work, rewards for my Patreon start at just $1 and every little bit helps.

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Published by Alex Ullman

Alex Ullman has been playing Magic since 1994 (he thinks). Since 2005, he's spent most of his time playing and exploring Pauper. One of his proudest accomplishments was being on the winnings side of the 2009 Community Cup. He makes his home in Brooklyn, New York, where he was born and raised.

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