Archive for May, 2010

Cruisin’ Along

May 27, 2010

Not much going on, so I thought I’d just write a short post to say so. I continue to enjoy what can only be described as the fellowship of our little musical Baltimore family. I find myself having email conversations with people who were totally lost to me just 10 years ago. Some of the best friends I’ve ever had in my life, gone for 30 or 40 years, are back in my life—and that is a good thing.

If you’re a Facebook user you’ll definitely want to plug into the Baltimore Bands Group that Don Barto set up. It has quickly garnered some 146 members and some interesting photos and discussions. If you’ve enjoyed this blog and the BaltimoreJam.org website you will definitely want to check out what’s going on over on Facebook.

The revamp of the photo galleries at BaltimoreJam.org is finally complete. The basic idea of a page of thumbnails linked to larger images is the same, but it is now a lot  more clean and brisk, and you can allow the automatic slide show to run if you want to browse through all the pics without repeated clicking. It had been awhile since I had browsed through the photos of past Jams myself, and it was great fun to revisit those people and events as I reworked the photo galleries. I couldn’t help but notice the number of people who were present at the first Jam whose names now appear on the In Memory list. It’s sad to lose someone, and on the other hand it’s good to have met them, and jammed with them, before they checked out. As always, if you find something misnamed or malfunctioning anywhere on the website please let me know. Correcting bad information and fixing broken things are always top priorities.

A final word about the bands page at BaltimoreJam.org. Our goal isn’t to catalog every band that ever played in Baltimore … for that you just need to buy Joe Vaccarino’s great book, Baltimore Sounds. What we do on the website is present information about bands that is provided to us. This comes primarily from people who have participated in our Jam sessions, but it can come from anywhere. Any time someone sends me a photo or other info about a band I post it on that band’s page, and if we don’t already have a page for that band we create one. All it takes to be included is to send me your stuff. In case you wondered, now you know.

Every time I send out an informational email I always get a bunch of great replies of thanks and encouragement for what we’re doing. To all of those people I say a heartfelt thanks. I’ve always made a point of fending off any accusations of altruism by making the point that this is a selfish endeavor. I did it for my own benefit of catching up with people I once shared a band stand with (do you hear me Treffinger?… Invernizzi?). It worked great  … it just got a little out of hand.

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