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Thankful

When I started this web site - in 1997 - I hardly knew how to send an mailto:jjw1948@gmail.com. Because my CDs were popular, for reasons that took me years to discover and even partially understand, I'd get letters asking me for this or that CD, suggesting that I get a PO Box so that they could send me a check, and I could send them my music. I knew, even back then, that I was doing something that few other musicians were doing, but I didn't know what it was.

Recently, I got really sick, and I couldn't believe the amazing amounts of mail that flooded in. Mostly - and I answered almost every mailto:jjw1948@gmail.com, I think - my answers were up-beat and pleasant. I think I may have "yelled" in a few outgoing letters, just because I felt so darned lousy and taciturn, but I think that happened only twice. And you deserved it both times, Gerard!

I remember, on one of my first primitive web sites, back when I used Netscape Communicator 4 to write the html, I designed a drop-down menu (a feat, to be sure) and it contained the name of every single one of my regular buyers. A lot of these buyers became collectors, and, in time, many became friends. I dare say, many of them became good friends. Abe Goldstien almost bought everything I recorded. Eventually, he had me flown to Iowa to play for him and an enthusiastic crowd of fans. In Des Moines, a place I had never ever been before, I had fans!

[Below, an example of one of my many web site attempts, this one from 2000. No, I do not save these things. I retrieved it with the aid of The Wayback Machinenew window, a truly wonderful (usually) repository of balls of string and broken, discarded memorabilia, kept on a raid server array somewhere]

2000

Now, drop-down menus are supplanted by ajaxnew window, and I'm not up to the task of writing out the name of every friend and fan and subscriber I have listed in my Mac Address Book. Besides, in those years since the web has "matured", I'm not too sure that it's a good idea to have part of my "database", even mere names, listed on my site. So I'll spend that freed-up time playing my piano or playing with my little dog Angel.

Suffice to say that I want to thank everyone, without having a too-obvious Hallmark Moment, since unbridled and syrupy sentimentalism makes me squirm. I really do thank you. I hope to have many more years ahead to make much more music, and I want that music to be the kind of step forward that I feel I'm approaching... the kind where I say to myself, "this is what I wanted to say all along!"

That day would have never arrived without your support and love. It is a type of love, when one guy or gal in Texas or Alabama or Japan or Singapore, whom you barely know, sends you money every time you release a new aural experiment, whether it succeeds or not. To me it's the answer to how artists survive in the 21st Century. Or at least this artist.

I must work very hard on my music, as this type of vocation would otherwise quite easily evaporate.

I am very thankful for you.