There are those who would have us believe that once something is on the Internet, it will remain here forever to haunt us. To which I can only say, “Maybe.”
To wit: as a musician, I’m always trying to keep an eye on where my music is turning up, who might have written a review or linked to a song, or even who is using the tunes illegally (i.e., without my permission — I’m looking at YOU, Spotify!). So from time to time, I’ll do a Google search to see what the various names and titles I’ve used in the past will yield.
Imagine my surprise when I found THIS the other day, while looking to refresh my memory about a track I did for a compilation:
I didn’t even know about this website, much less the pointer to my project and recordings. I was really pleased to complete that set of performances — it was an especially challenging one and I know that others enjoyed hearing the music. So to find this, albeit well after the fact, was a pleasant surprise. Less pleasant was the discovery that Spotify actually had some of my music linked and, of course, I had NOT given them permission to do so. And no, I’ve not received that amazing royalty/performance check from them either!
As for the search itself, there’s a happy story there. Some of you know the show on Stillstream hosted by Rebekkah Hilgraves called “At Water’s Edge.” Well, the other day, Rebekkah was talking about the lineup for her show for today (Saturday, 2 November 2013) and mentioned that she was playing one of my tracks so I asked her which one. It was from 2006, entitled “Autumnal Nuptials (for Janis)” and was released on the Mandorla netlabel as “Mandorla Netlabel005 / Autumn Net-Project Vol1. V/A.” Rebekkah wanted to know the story behind the piece and I’d totally forgotten about it, so I was trying to find it online (Long story short, Manrico Montero, who runs Mandorla, had asked me to submit a track for his project celebrating Autumn … we were in the process of moving to Rhode Island from Texas, so I put together a guitar track just after we arrived and had had a chance to ramble around some of the Rhode Island seacoast … and since Janis and I were married on the Autumnal Equinox, I thought the tune might be a nice little memento, too).
Sooooo … if you’re curious, tune in to Rebekkah’s show today at a new time: 21:00 UTC/GMT which works out to be 14:00 (2:00 p.m.) Pacific time … a show entitled “Into the Dark.” Of course, now the track will live on, in perpetuity on the Internet, in Rebekkah’s podcast of the show!