Dream job: Have you always wanted to edit Backbeat? Here's your chance to apply now

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More than a decade ago, I was thumbing through the classified ads in this very paper, like I'd done at least a thousand times before growing up, hoping to come across an ad for my dream job. By then, it was more out of habit than anything, wishful thinking, if you want to know the truth. I never expected to actually come across an ad for the gig.

But then one day I did. In fact, I came across this very ad in the paper, and after at least a week, maybe more, of self-doubt, hemming and hawing, I managed to muster up the nerve to apply for the job, never expecting to hear anything back. I did, obviously, and now here I am almost eleven years later ready to move on and do something new.

So, yeah, I'm officially retiring. Before that happens, though, let me just say that I'm eternally grateful for the opportunity I've had here. It's been one hell of a thrilling ride to have had the privilege of writing about this town's amazing music scene over the years. I count myself blessed to have met so many incredible musicians and quality people along the way, including all of the unbelievably talented folks I've had the good fortune of working with over the years -- trust, the list is endless all the way around.

But alas, now it's your turn. Maybe this is your dream job? If you've always wanted to write for and edit Backbeat, here's your chance. If you'd like to be considered for the gig, simply send over a note with your resume and five clips of your best writing to musiceditor@westword.com, and one of my esteemed colleagues will get back to you. In the meantime, I'll be around for a few more weeks, and I'm going to help organize the Showcase. So drop me a line and say hey if you feel like it. Otherwise, good luck!

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The end of an era is always bittersweet. DH, you did an absolute ton for our music community and you will be dearly missed. Thanks for all your hard work over the years. A robust and enduring Westword Music Showcase is a great legacy to leave behind, among other things. You will be missed in the paper, friend - but there's so much more ahead of us both. I can't wait for your next step.


Dave, let me be the 273rd to simply say, "thank you".  Westword's local music coverage has been a beacon.  And you, sir, a squire of much repute.


We have worked together in the Denver music scene for many, many years,, and through that love of music and spirit of 'rock-n-roll pays our bills', you have not only become one of my best friends- but one of the few people I would ever ask of their opinion. :) On that note, you can be brutally honest, yet believe in me sometimes more than I believe in myself. And I know there are many musicians in Denver that truly know what you have done for their careers. In that spirit, we know whatever you will go on to- you will kill at.



Thanks for all of your hard work, Dave. You will be missed!
Ian O


You have been an amazing voice of the people, mentor to writers and artists alike, and a genuine heart in this crazy world of art!! I thank your for your contribution to my understanding of my community, and for helping to usher in an era of CO music more promising than any I've even witnessed. Mucho amore El Captain <3 

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