It's been A Hard Year's Night ... (Thanks to Cublet for the photos of Thurston and I).
It was two years ago today when I first hit that "Publish" button on Open Salon. It not only marked the start of many hours spent happily devoted to working on the My Life — In Concert! series, but also the initiation of online interaction with a group of some terrific writers and all-round interesting folks. Much here makes each of us sigh, groan, and roll our eyes at one time or another, but I believe that’s massively overruled by the positive creations and input on OS, participating in what is essentially a virtual writing and arts group. It’s all about the collective sum.
For a period, it seemed as if OS was going to disappear, so it’s great to see it thriving instead and — wonder of wonders — actually accessible rather than timing out more often than not. Thanks to the behind-the-scenes team for making good on your promise of a more reliable platform.
These past 12 months were personally challenging ones for yours truly, and I’m not out of the woods yet. As I’ve recently written, that’s the reason why I’m tending to publish on OS about half as often as I was. It’s not out of interest lost, but rather that I’ve got some big fish frying in my pan right now. I also need to be putting some time back into another, prior creative project that was largely backburnered once the I began contributing to OS, and I keep wanting to do more with my VATV YouTube and Facebook spinoffs, and bringing my stand-along blog fully into line with my OS space, but I never seem to have the time to get to them as I’d like. We all do what we can, when we can, and I haven’t been able to create a reliable Cylon version of myself to aid in divvy up my work ... yet.
Writing my series as well as the off-topic pieces brings me great pleasure, and I feel honoured and lucky to have those who I truly feel are the Best of OS taking the time to read and comment. So a big Thank You to Abrawang, Algis Kemezys, Boanerges1, catch-22, ChillerPop, designanator, dirndl skirt, Erica K, FusunA, Keka, Kevin Army, Linda Seccaspina, littlewillie, lschmoopie, Margaret Feike, Myriad, and Scarlett Sumac (apologies if I’ve forgotten someone pertinent — the noggin is nowt as robust as it once was), not only for support but also for your great writing and contributions. Maybe an OS meet-up will happen in this part of the world in the upcoming year.
The biggest disappointment on Open Salon for me during the past year has been the disappearance of Rosycheeks. Here’s hoping you’re not gone from here forever.
I’d also like to send a big Thank You to those who are reading and linking to me from outside of OS, especially rockcritics.com for putting my piece about vintage issues of Sing Out! on your cover as well as all the great support the Laura Nyro Facebook group gave to my piece about seeing Ms. Nyro in 1989.
While it’s been great to get to cyber-know many of you through a variety of channels, the biggest and warmest shout out of all goes to Cublet, the light of my life. Thanks for being there and for being your wonderful self, with all the attendant patience, love, understanding and humour. Finally, I’m raising a pint of Guinness to my friends and family both past and present for your contributions to this series and to my life. Cheers! Let’s go for another round.
I’ve decided that for as long as I’m on OS, I’ll mark each anniversary with a satire of a famous album cover. Last year it was the Sex Pistols’ Never Mind the Bollocks, and this year I’m selecting The Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night: an all too appropriate title for my last dozen months.
On with year three ....
"It Takes Two," Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston (1965).
Next On Stage àTen days after the final Police Picnic in Toronto at the massive CNE Stadium, I took in a more intimate, but hotly anticipated, show by Marianne Faithfull. The by-then gravel-voiced ‘60s pop icon and former Jagger paramour was in the final throes of a triumphant, early ‘80s comeback, conveniently beginning her tour at my local watering hole. Join me next time for thigh-slappin’ rhythms, backstage gossip, contented smiles and ... dangerous acquaintances.
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