When I started this whole blogging thing a few years back, the purpose was really just to write about what I was listening to. I didn’t really give much thought to whether or not folks would be interested enough to enter into discussions and I certainly didn’t imagine that I’d meet a whole bunch of great folks. Over the last few years I’ve gotten to know a few folk a bit better and I genuinely would call them friends (we even call ourselves friends on facebook and suchlike).
I guess these connections are a positive example of social media actually working. There’s no bullying and we’re not in the business of radiating genuine negativity. We’re supportive and, y’know, it’s okay if we don’t agree on some things (I have decided that I don’t much rate AC/DC and I’m of the opinion that the Foo Fighters are no better than Nickelback).
During these last few years I’ve been introduced to a whole bunch of different sounds. I fell in love with Van Halen, have become a fan of Sloan, rediscovered Iron Maiden, and have explored The Tragically Hip discography (among many others). The friends I’ve made here have also been generous; sending music my way that they reckon I might dig (Left Lane Cruiser, Sloan’s A-Sides or Gallon Drunk) or know I’d dig (Scott Weiland’s 12-Bar Blues promo, Neurotic Outsiders or The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly).
Anyhoo, last week I met up with Mr HMO at one of Glasgow’s finest public houses. He was there before me (again) and I found him propping up the bar. It was another great night filled with laughs and good chat about music, writing, budgie training, oxymorons, and all the good stuff that life throws at us. He also came with a bagload of records for me.
As I flicked through them I thought “oooft!” (that’s the positive use of the word). I’m still somewhat overwhelmed by his generosity (I’m not so sure if I traded my soul for these, right enough).
What was in the bag? Well, this lot.
Honestly, this gift is beyond awesome. So far I’ve enjoyed a hit of Humble Pie, The Allman Brothers Band and Scorpions’ Tokyo Tapes. As you can see, there’s so much more to delve into! (I’m looking forward to checking out Dokken and Hanoi Rocks and rocking that Maiden live set).
Anyhoo, I guess what I’m saying is that I’m genuinely stoked to have met so many great people here. Folks who not only dig music, but are genuinely engaged with what’s going on with those around them. So thank you to you all.
As our pal Aaron says, Community!