Post by Gerrald Bostock on Jul 14, 2017 13:35:36 GMT
They made me realise that a lot of detritus as well as water had flowed under the bridges between various sites, and forums and that maybe, just maybe, a few of those bridges were in need of repair or rebuilding.
That was made even more evident when I came over to see you and Martin in the U.S. earlier this year. A lot of folk, fan's I didn't know personally, asked why there were so many fan groups and what caused the rifts between them. I couldn't do anything but reply as honestly, but as politely as I could, not flaming anyone person or group, explaining that the issues go back a long way. Some I spoke with openly said they'd hoped for a reconciliation, again I honestly replied that I didn't think that would happen as the forums had all gone off along different paths with their own agendas, but that I personally, and I know you agree with me, would welcome a little less intolerance and would hope that the owners of other sites would feel the same way.
I know you're trying to genuinely assist Martin as a friend [as well as Ian] in anyway you can, but I was pretty appalled to hear that your attempts to share information and access to Martin's music met with you being banned by one of the other forums for no other apparent reason.
I can only say that we've moved on, if others want to go on fanning the same old flames, let them. You, I and we, including Erin, as a group have done our best to try, we remain as inclusive as we can be and I'm good to let people know that along with the circumstances as to why other fans may not get to hear about accessing Martin's music as readily as those in our group.
Well Pat what amazes me is the amount of work Erin, you and me put into music of Jethro Tull be it Martin, Ian, Dee, Peggy or anything associated with their music. With no financial return, sadly I honestly do not know how much money we have spent (lost) on all of our various projects to bring access to punters. Simply put you sometimes wonder if its worth while to keep doing it. I guess we call it passion and trying to keep the legacy of Jethro Tull's music alive.
Which makes the line "its only the giving that makes you what you are" very relevant to this discussion. With the sheer amount of projects we are currently involved in at the moment not counting this site, Facebook, YouTube, Word Press page, the manual and I am sure I am missing something else. We are also knee deep in projects working on a book, helping WB with the box sets, a few project involving former band members, helping Dave Rees mail out the US issues of AND, and its goes on and on. I know what I spend on time per week and I am the sure it is the same for yourself and Erin but I would hate to think what a weekly price that would be...say we use the conservative number of 20 hours a week on this site from each of us (3 hours a day) that would be 60 hours times 52 weeks, well you get the idea. One thing you can never get back is time, once its gone its lost never to get it back. So we have to ask ourselves is it worth losing this precious resource. Time is not on our side and we have to be selective in how we plan that so when the same old tired players play their typical games you have to consider the sources.
I it took it a honor to help Martin, by selling his DVD (Live at Daryl's) and the Back to Steel vinyl as an opportunity to let people who for what ever reason could not attend the show or lived in another country to be able to have the chance to purchase. I found it a bit shall we say interesting that for what ever reason I was no longer welcome in a certain chat page eye opening to say the least. That said I can not really worry what others do, or say it only actually hurts people who might want to get these. I also know that their are many things that are coming to fruition that will be really too bad that some will be left out of.
So I have no time for places that places want to live in their glass houses, who want to exclude and not work on way to building bridges and move ahead to celebrate 50 years of Jethro Tull.....I also have no time for the trolls and the shit stirrers.