Now, you all may think I put Jon up to this. Well, really, I didn't pay him all that much... though he did charge extra for the "handsome" part... lol.
Seriously, Jon, thank you so much for such kind and generous thoughts... and for taking a moment to say, thanks. It's a lost art these days, and it bespeaks a person of good manners and great heart.
My good friends, Larry, YBaCuO, Trent, Sean, Bill, Richard, Ron, 88 -- your kind replies mean much more to me than you know.
The truth is, though, that this is very much a two-way street. I listen, yes. I comment, yes. But I also learn and gain far more than I could possibly give... both in music and in friendship from some of, truly, the finest people on this planet.
Now, if you would really like to thank me -- every one of you -- I have one simple request:
Come here often. Listen often. Comment often.
Music only reaches fruition when it is heard, and every word of comment or encouragement or helpful criticism you utter here -- it helps these many fine musicians and composers bring still more wonderful music into a world in dire need of such gifts.