Mudcat Café message #859915 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #55349   Message #859915
Posted By: Don Firth
06-Jan-03 - 01:07 PM
Thread Name: BS: Veterans Would Mudcat hook you in today?
Subject: RE: BS: Veterans Would Mudcat hook you in today?
Assuming that the question is referring to veterans of Mudcat rather than veterans of the military. . . .

I've been messing around here off and on since late 1999. I have found Mudcat to be a tremendous resource in a whole variety of ways. I've found songs that I had been looking for and previously not finding, often in DT, but sometimes through links Mudcatters have provided. Through the many links people put here I've found a large number of other valuable and informative sites. I have become reacquainted with old friends, and I've made new friends, a few of whom I've actually met, but most I have not—so far. Some weeks ago, after swapping a few posts with alanabit, he sent me a copy of his excellent CD. Check him out HERE. And I just received a stack of fruit-colored CDs in the mail that I haven't had a chance to get at yet, but I'm looking forward to an orgy of listening—and stealing songs from everybody!!

Other neat things have happened as well. Because of some of the things I've posted, one of the Mudcatters who lives in Seattle has asked me to write occasional columns for a local folk music magazine. Posting stuff on Mudcat has also given me an opportunity to get some feedback on my major writing project (feedback from writers' groups is valuable as a writer, but when you get feedback from the kind of people you're writing for, that's priceless!).

I can get thoroughly immersed in the music threads, whether they be about songs, singers, history of folk music (recent or long-range), discussions of music theory or voice, instruments, techniques, etc., what's going on currently in the UK or other parts of the word, or just general BS about music. That's the meat and potatoes of this website and the main reason I'm here.

But I also enjoy some of the non-music BS threads. I always like to add to my repertoire of jokes, puns, bumper-stickers, and general nonsense. I've read movie and book reviews. I've learned a recipe for a "quick-and-dirty" latté that can be made with instant coffee. I've received a fairly good, comprehensive consumer report on root beer. I've read about differences between English English and American English vocabulary, grammar, and spelling by long-time speakers of each language. Lots of good stuff. I also enjoy and often get involved in political BS threads. I find that they are often very informative. Many people post links that allow me to check stuff out for myself, and this, in turn, gives me access to news sources other than just what comes urping out of the TV. Sometimes there's a lot of heat generated and I don't really think anyone is going to change anyone else's mind, but with a few exceptions, the discussions tend to be fairly civilized. And diving into the mêlée from time to time myself gives me an opportunity to keep my sword-arm limber.

Like any good party that's wide open to the public, there are a few people attending who whine and complain, bitch at the host for not providing even more free beer, occasionally try to piss in the punchbowl, and generally fail to realize that you can only get out of a party what you are willing to bring to it. But such is the human condition. All in all, the people here are a pretty darned good bunch. Yeah, I think that if I had just blundered in today, I would definitely hang around.

Great party, Max! Thanks!!

Don Firth