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Topic: O.T.: Gifts

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    O.T.: Gifts

    There are ways in which forum members give gifts - often without having a clue that they are doing so. Sharing a piece they worked on in the listening room, looking for "feedback" of some sort . . . and in the process putting up a piece of music that moves someone from a "dark place," or motivates someone to write more, share more, care more.

    Cases in point abound: DPDAN sharing his work and his knowledge; Raymond62 sharing that massive work, "The Art of Fugue," Styxx with his priceless humor; etLux with his quick wit (and provocative compositions); Sean with his thought-provoking challenges; and countless other instances by many of the folks here. The gifts of sharing (and trusting others) with personal issues; the kindness shown in the responses. I think we all see this. If we haven't given thanks out loud, perhaps people reading this will realize that the "thanks" is truly felt, even when it's silent.

    At the same time, I can't let this one pass without comment. I spent a good bit of time "lurking" here, and then did a bit of posting . . . and then for a long time I couldn't get back to the forum (external time restraints, nothing to do with the forum). While I was active last year I recall Randy Bowser struggling with some of the mechanics of his great work--in particular, getting samples of the vocal lines. He had, at one time, some people who were exchanging tapes with him, and that helped him move forward somewhat . . . but all the while he was developing this work he just opened he was sharing pieces of it with us, as well as spending a lot of time responding to other forum members, trying to be helpful to others. His work is to be proud of, for all of us to be proud of. His accomplishment is, in a vicarious sense, the accomplishment of all of us.

    Then, to add icing to the cake, we find that Gary, Marianne, and Fastlane were all able to make the opening. Somehow, this just shouts out the word "gift" in my heart. This, I believe, is a gift to the forum community, not just to Randy. We can't dance on every set, but I hear in this the words "I would if I could," and I believe them. I think that in some sense Gary (and the rest of the Orcas crew) are with each and every one of us when we produce something, do an opening, give a performance.

    Consequently, I don't feel at all out of place when I speak for myself in saying a large and heartfelt "Thank You" to Gary, Marianne, and Fastlane for this eye-moistening gift.


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    Senior Member bigears's Avatar
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    Re: O.T.: Gifts

    Thanks for posting this. You have really hit the nail on the head with your thoughts about the forum community. This is truly a community in the very best sense of the word.Regards, John

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    Senior Member Styxx's Avatar
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    Re: O.T.: Gifts

    Watt did he say???

    But me friend you're absolutely right! Great forum, good people, awesome composers, and one heck of a heart filled developer in a smart Fedora!

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    Re: O.T.: Gifts

    Best forum on the planet! I am eternally indebted.
    - Jamie Kowalski

    All Hands Music - Kowalski on the web
    The Ear Is Always Correct - Writings on composition

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    Re: O.T.: Gifts

    Wonderful post!

    It's truly an honor to be among such fine people!

    From me, here's another heartfelt


    Sean Patrick Hannifin
    My MP3s | My Melody Generator | my album
    "serious music" ... as if the rest of us are just kidding

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    Re: O.T.: Gifts

    This community always amazes me... so much talent;
    so many wonderful, caring, decent people.

    I've said it before, and now again: it's not the samples
    but his fostering of this community that is Gary's finest

    There's no place like it, anywhere; not even nearly!

    My best,


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