Hi folks, I found these forums last year after discovering the wonderful GPO library, and it's still by far my favorite DAW related site, even though I've subsequently participated in others.
But I shamed myself and thus became a self-exile, as I felt really bad about:
1) Enlisting to do Silent Night last year, and then not delivering as promised. What happened was I was brand new to the soft-synth stuff, and got stupidly and egotistically obsessed with creating a "be-all, end-all" standout version, when in truth I'm not only an average piano player at best, but couldn't navigate the soft tools competently, and begain to get really stressed over producing a version of the song that I felt confident about sharing.
So last October, I decided to get a little bottle of red wine to help stir my creative inspiration. This is not necessarily a bad idea, but it is a disasterous idea for me because I'm an alcoholic. I state this as a simple matter of fact, period. I don't normally have a drinking problem, and can handle booze just fine, as long as I don't drink the stuff!
2) I also got involved a little in the pre-US election political debates, which I shouldn't have, as I don't believe such has a legitimate place here. It can only serve to corrupt the cooperative spirit of music appreciation and learning, which is one of this site's strongest assets.
So I ran away with my tail between my legs...
I'm well aware that my petty little hang-ups are not worth taking up space in you folks' brains, and I don't ask for any responses to this thread, I just wanted to get this out of my system, and begin to rejoin these discussions, mostly to learn what I can, and then as I learn, to contribute what I can.