In response to yogafriend's comment:
In response to devildavid's comment:
Sad to say, it seems our forum is all but over and done with as an active, vibrant community of music lovers. We had a small group, with potential to grow, when typhoon BDC blew through and sent everything into disarray. We appear to have lost one of our founders, Zillagod, to this fierce storm. Our other founder, jesseyeric, had storm trouble of his own before this and has never been able to fully rejoin us. We miss them both.
Yogafriend has put in a valiant effort to get us back on our feet, but it may be too big a task for one person. I have now sunk so low as to venture into the Politics forum which is mainly a bunch of partisan bickering and name calling. Even the Red Sox forum doesn't have the same vibrant feeling it once had.
This music forum had become my go-to spot, where you could engage in interesting discussion with very little personal attacks. Sad to say, I feel it is almost futile to post here any more.
So in that sad spirit, I offer a couple of songs. Is it over? I hope not. I miss the discussions we had here.
I appreciate your words, discouraging as they may be; I agree that even with a more quiet presence that we've experienced during the summer in the past, this is due to the BDC transition, a storm we did not recover from, that was such a disruption, people became too disgusted to bother (with the forums) any longer. I know that no one would have left because of the quality of the discussions, and in fact, it's sad that the place where discussions had quality content, is the place that has been deserted. As I said to Polar not long ago, maybe we should have been name calling, insulting each other, and told each other to shut up all day, (and adopted sock puppets) and we would still have a following. :D Okay, you get my point.
As for where I post on news and such, I am a digital subscriber to the Boston Globe, and needless to say, it is like day and night from what you see on BDC. Not the same posters, and some of the commenting is of very high and interesting quality. There are posters whose comments are something to look forward to, and I have made some "friends" there who seem to know me, too, and value my perspective. Not perfect, by any means, but for the most part, an interesting community. The threads are crafted in a way that you can reply to someone, and keep on track just with those responses, too. As for how a news / politics forum works (in general), and how the one here works in particular, I don't see any point in making comments in discussions that lead no where. Additionally, I like to read the news pieces that interest me, and that includes editorials, fee-based material, and self-select them, and if inspired, comment right at the source, not post a comment on an article that has been copied and pasted from another source. I rarely read the News / Politics forum here anymore, and in the event I do, nothing ever changes. Nothing to gain, at least for me. I've never learned anything there. I've never ever seen anyone say, hey, thanks for your perspective. Have you? There is zero synergy. I'm a weirdo and have different reasons to post, and boredom is not one.
As for other social networking, my professional arena had a bit of a blow up about 6 weeks ago, and that has captured my attention in a big way. The entire situation has been fascinating, and I am absorbed in a way I didn't expect. Rather historic, in fact. It's partly because of the number of ways we can now communicate, and some disagreements about it, but this is the part you will love: no one posts anonymously, it's all above board, so no matter what you say, it is out in the open. A breath of fresh air, especially with people who truly lay it on the line and are not afraid to do so. In most cases, the posts all have sig blocks, with title, with full ID.
DD, before I forget, also, I heard another phenomenal Richard Thompson song, "I Feel so Good" and listened to a bunch of songs off of the "Rumor and Sigh" album. I have you to thank, I just cannot get over how fantastic he is.
Posting here and there is one thing, but getting the actual energy and momentum back is a different story for this forum, as the synergy has been lost. However, I will stick around, come what may, even though my energy level (not my interest in the topic) has diminished.
Thanks, DD, and I hope all's well.
Things are kind of turbulent in my life now. My wife's job was "eliminated" after working for the company for 38 years. I work for the same company, which unfortunately is going through a bad time due to new management that doesn't value long term employees. It may turn out to be a blessing in disguise for her, as the stress of the job wasn't good for her health. But she is still hurting from the sting of rejection. Her elimination shocked many employees, as she had a reputation of sharing her time and her knowledge with many who depended on her. Many tears were shed by those who worked most closely with her.
Your approach to forum participation is quite unique and valuable. You bring a special perspective to this forum. I tend to be a debating type, which is often difficult when ideology and beliefs come into play. I feel kind of guilty that I have influenced you in your music interests, when I seem to be more set in my ways and tastes. Your approach of coming here to learn and grow is admirable, and very rare. I commend you for it.
I'm glad you have been turned on to Richard Thompson. "Rumor and Sigh" is the album that first turned me on to him, then I had to delve into his entire back catalogue including the albums with his then wife Linda. I became a real die-hard Richard Thompson fan. I'm always excited and pleased to turn someone on to musical performers who I think really merit it.
Looks like the activity has picked up a bit here lately. Maybe it was this thread that sparked it. I'll try my best to build on it and keep the ball rolling. Here's a jaunty little song from Richard Thompson to try to lift our spirits.