That would be me.

Beginning on September 13, I will be writing the People column for the Orange County Register five days a week.  I’ll be covering the likes of Lindsay Lohan, Mel Gibson, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Dr. Laura (did I spell those right?) and all the other worthies whom readers can’t get enough of. Drunken tirades, courtroom dramas and sex scandals will be the grist of my mill. No joke.

I will continue to be a music critic, as time allows. How much time that will be I don’t know. I’m guessing about 50 percent, but that might be optimistic. The People column will certainly take a lot of my time and energy. So, we’ll see.

In recent surveys, readers have said that they want this (though they didn’t mention me by name). They want less classical music coverage; more People. I’m trying not to take it personally.

Newspapers are in a crisis, in case you haven’t heard. Papers the size of the Register can no longer afford to have a full-time classical music critic on staff (though there’s certainly enough to write about here). I was one of the last ones standing at a small(ish) market publication.

The irony of this situation is that I’m going to go from being one of the least read writers in O.C. to perhaps its most popular.

I’m not happy about this. But I’m going to do the best I can. And I’m going to try to be cheerful about it.

It’s a job. It’s a sign of the times. It’s weird.

I’ll not link my People columns on this blog, but will continue to link to my classical music articles in the Register and provide original material in this space.