On the occasion of TSR's third birthday, I want to thank everyone who's taken the time to follow this blague. As ACB said to me recently, I cannot believe there are people I've met through blogging whom I consider my friends! No. Kidding. I assure you, no one is as shocked as I. And yet, through your emails, comments, linking, lurking and repeated visits, friends you've become, and I appreciate the company.
What an unexpected experience this has been! I suspect many other bloggers in our little corner of Teh Interwebs feel similarly. It's been indescribably gratifying to witness and participate in the growth of this community of performers, composers, writers, presenters, and listeners. Who could have imagined that blogging would gather us all together in the same room? And significantly, somehow we all have agreed—well, more or less—to converse without the rancor, brutish insults or random flaming so common on the Web (Opera-L, anyone?). I honestly believe we all benefit from these candid looks into how music is created, shared, experienced, appreciated and digested, from myriad perspectives.
Of course I didn't foresee any of this when I started typing away in 2004, when newspapers were still saying "'blog,' short for Web log." TSR was just a place to post some personal reactions to things I was hearing, seeing and singing, and of course to vent about the total absurdity of the parking situation in San Francisco (which, can I just say, remains completely. fucking. INSANE!!!). I guess it still is that. So thanks for sticking with me, and maybe we'll cross paths at Amoeba one day.
Oh, btw, I updated the About M. C— page.
(I always thought this was a good likeness)
Photo from the SF Symph performance of A Flowering Tree, courtesy of sfmike