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  posted on 8/14/2007 at 03:44 PM
Hello, everyone, welcome to the celebration of my 10,000th post.

Gifts, gifts, gifts. We need gifts. When I was a kid, real young, maybe 2nd grade, I went to a birthday party for a kid in my class – I’m sad to say I don’t even remember his name. My neighborhood was basically Irish-Catholic, with a few wasps and Italian-Catholics thrown in. This kid was different. Like I said, I was what, 8 years old? My memory of those days isn’t exactly crystal clear, you know? Given what I know now about various ethnic groups of Europe, I’m thinking maybe Romanian? I don’t know. Anyway, it’s not important. What is important was at this party, all of the attendees got a present. I’m not talking about a yo-yo or a whistle. This kid’s mom went out and shopped for the guests – we’re talking the old full-sized G.I. Joes with gear, Evil Knievel w/motorcycle, baseball gloves, Lego sets – decent presents – she easily spent 10 bucks per kid. Well, to a 2nd grader, showing up for some cake and a yo-yo and getting an Evil Knievel action figure with a motorcycle with one of those rip-cords to make the wheels spin was totally cool, and I always remembered that party for that reason – in this culture (or at least in that family), it was the guests who got the gifts.

This is a party in THAT tradition. Here I give the presents to my guests.

What are the presents? More on that later. First, the special guest list.

1. Sang. Everybody likes to have fun with Sang. He’s the butt of many jokes, a lot of them mine. Despite all that, however, Sang was the first person from this site I actually met in real life, and is also the man responsible for the best ABB seat I ever had – about the 5th row in the Chicago Theater 4 or 5 years ago. On top of that, he once offered me a free ticket to a GA and friends show, but unfortunately I was pretty sick that weekend, and was unable to take him up on it. For all these reasons and more, I count Sang as my first, and one of my best friends here on this site.

2. Sandman. A lot of folks first come to this site looking for news on the band, tour dates, stuff like that, etc., but once they realize the quality of the community, they hang around for awhile. Also, it’s quite common for the first real glimpse of the community to take place in the “trades” forum. Such was the case for me, and Sandman was one of the first cats I hooked up with. He has the dubious honor of being the person with whom I have completed the most one-to-one trades. He has turned me on to a lot of good music, and hopefully I have done the same for him. Over the years, he and I have connected on a number of issues, and a strong friendship has developed. Welcome to the party, my brother.

3. LinnieXX. I have a younger sister, probably just about Linnie’s age, come to think of it. She’s cool and all, and she and I have always had an excellent relationship, but Linnie should have been my little sister. When I think about how much her and I have in common, it’s almost spooky, like we actually did grow up together. Our musical histories, our taste in books, movies, things like that. She’s like the sister I never had, but I’m glad I’ve got her now. Linnie, don’t change a thing.

4. Pam. If Linnie’s the little sister I wish I had, then Pam’s my twin (although I believe I’ve got a few years on her, as well – wouldn’t want to age a lady prematurely). Pammy and I have connected on a level far deeper than what you would normally see between acquaintances on a message board. You may not see her and I interact a lot in the threads, but behind the scenes, her and I have gone pretty deep – wearing each other out on topics like Love, Life, Family – the foundations of human existence. Her and I go back a good ways, and she’s never far from my thoughts.

5. johnwott. Ever hear the expression, “random acts of kindness?” Several years ago, I posted a message asking if anyone knew of a reasonably-priced service that would convert vinyl albums to CD’s. I had a bunch of Floyd bootlegs and some other prog collectables that I wanted to hear again, but I didn’t have a turntable. Wott responded, “yeah, the service is me, and the price is free”. Well, I sure as hell couldn’t pass that up, so I shipped him a carton of my albums, and now I get to listen to things like The Screaming Abdabs: Rhapsody in Pink, Soundtrack to the film Pompeii, Ivor Wynne and Wakeman’s Journey to the Center of the Earth on a regular basis – all without a turntable. Pretty neat trick, eh? Thanks, John. Of course, this was just the beginning of what developed into a very strong web friendship.

6. Marley. Well, Marley played a pretty important role in the compilation of this project (more on that later), but even without that, he’d still be a guest of honor. He and I connected pretty early on here on HTW. He was attending a major Chicago-area University, I was working at one, we met up on occasion at some local shows, and have basically kept each other abreast of what’s going on in each other’s lives over the past several years. So, I’m very pleased to count him as one of my friends.

7. PeterNelson. In the past couple of years, Peter has become a regular fixture at many of the Chicago-area shows. You’ve got to admire a man that refuses to pay for parking under any circumstances. However, with gas prices the way they are, I’m sure he will soon realize that burning 20 bucks in gas cruising for that lucky spot two miles away is not a very cost-effective way of avoiding the 12-dollar lot right next to the venue. I’m just joshing you, bro. Hope to see you again soon . . . say, on the 29th?

8. Lee. Long before Lee and I ever met up at a show – I don’t even remember what show it was, probably one of the last Chicago Theater shows, he and I traded discs back and forth. You could always tell a “Lee” disc, because he would have his little brother in kindergarten write on the discs with a fat blue marker, and . . .hmmmm? What’s that? Lee doesn’t have a little brother? My bad. Sorry, bro, but thanks for the music anyway. I think I might have scored the A&R Studios show from Lee way back when, so that has to count for something, right?

9. Lefty. Lefty is a great dude. I think I might have been one of the first friends Lefty made on this site, hooking him up with a sizable b&p or freebie or something like that. It’s great when you’re able to bring someone into the fold like that, or if they’ve found there way here on their own, give them incentive to stick around. I’ve seen Lefty perform several times now, and it’s always my pleasure to do so. I’m sure I’ll enjoy both his music and his company a good many more times before this chapter in our lives is completed. Oh yeah, and he got me on the Great Southern tour bus a few weeks ago, and I hung with Pedro, Duane and Andy for a spell. How cool is that? Peace, brother.

10. Wharfrat. Big Chuck! Man, would I like to get my tail to Wharfstock. However, unless “I go out for a ride, and I never go back,” I don’t see that happening anytime soon. It’s a shame, ‘cuz I bet this dude can throw a hell of a party. I saw that picture where Jacqui traded in her purse for a cooler with a shoulder strap, so I know that’s my kind of crowd. Anyway, I had the pleasure of rooming with this fine brother for a couple of nights during my Beacon trip this year, and meeting Chuck in the flesh confirmed my assumption, this is a man I’m proud to call my friend.

11. fast43. Okay, look – I promise that I didn’t just add Bill’s name to this list because I owe him money (that’ll be coming soon, btw – car payment, shmar payment). Bill and I have been HTW buddies for some time now. A couple of years back, he allowed me free access to a number of his photographs for some web art I was putting together. Turns out that project never got off the ground (my client changed his mind about nature shots in the backgrounds), but it was the thought that counts, right? Since then, we’ve communicated on a number of topics, music and otherwise. Bill is one of the good ones.

12. Dino. Dino, Dino, where for art thou Dino? Haven’t seen Dino in a while. However, that does not change his status as one of my good buddies on this site. Dino and I have connected on a lot of musical topics, and have always kept a steady rapport going despite not running into each other all that much on the forum. On top of that, he once did me a real solid by putting together a custom-made set of Zeppelin discs for me. He’ll always be invited to any party I happen to throw.

13. Slammer. You read what I had to say about little sisters up above, right? Well, Slammer is like one of my big brothers. He and I have always communicated pretty closely around Peachie time, with him being the MC and me doing the certs and all, but this year at the Beacon was the first time we actually met. He was my host, you could say, and graciously made room for me in his suite, aware of my, er, uh, limited resources. Well, like me, Slammer likes to step back from the action now and then and just chill for a while, so on a number of occasions, he and I would run into each other in the suite, and just chill and chat about life and things in general. It was definitely some quality time. Thanks, brudda.

14. Ayla. Ayla was another of my roomies for my first time ever Beacon trip, and like with a lot of folks I was meeting and hanging with for the first time, her and I got to share some quality time and good conversation. She and I hadn’t chatted all that much on the forum prior to our meeting IRL, so our meeting had a bit of freshness to it that wasn’t necessarily there when meeting someone I had “known” online for years. She’s one cool lady, and I look forward to our next meeting.

15. Haisija. Texas Jon Slobber, in some quarters. I don’t know how up you all are on your urban vernacular, but Jon is a dude that can “get his Mac on.” After spending a couple of days watching this guy in action, I wanted to start following him around and take notes. A note to you single guys out there looking to make a connection – the next time Jon comes to your town, make sure you hang out with him a bit. Maybe some of his skills will rub off on ya. BTW, I’ve already forgiven him for exposing me to Dragonforce.

16. Hophead. Ah, hell, let’s get right down to it. Hop referred me to a friend of his for some freelance work that put close to 700 bucks in my pocket last summer. And damn did I need it at the time! Heh-heh. Even aside from that, though, Hop’s wisdom, gentlemanliness (spell check didn’t beep, so I guess that is a word), and excellent stories will always ensure that he’s welcome at any party I happen to organize, including this one. Peace, brother.

17. BigDaveOnBass. Big Dave is a good guy. Like many on this list, I first had the pleasure of his company this past March in NYC. We hung out quite a bit, including some quality time at LaGuardia when we were both trying to get home. I think Dave and I first got to know each other during that whole “investigation” episode a couple of years ago. We became friends then, and have remained friends since, sharing jokes, stories and music. Stay cool in that Georgia heat, my brother.

18. Bluedad. Another cool member of the Hayseed Mafia I met in Manhattan in March. Remember the “things that come out of bluedad’s mouth” thread? During our weekend hanging out, he must have cracked me up a dozen times, relaying his crazy stories. If this guy owed child support to everyone he claims is after him for child support, he’d be one broke-*** ******-******. So, um, send him your best shows.

19. Buppalo1. Prior to my NYC trip, I only knew Randy as one of the organizers of the JFD, and that Lefty spoke highly of him. He and I never really had any interaction on the forum. However, almost within minutes of meeting him, I liked him. The expression “country gentleman” immediately comes to mind. His good humor, soft manner of speech, and sincerity seem to me to be the perfect combination for a master storyteller. I wonder if he’s ever considered that as a hobby or profession? Well, anyway, I’m glad to have met the “Mayor of Gadsden,” and I hope he thinks as highly of me as I do of him.

20. Photoron286. Ron and I are Zappa buddies, we’re BitTorrent buddies, and we’re making fun of Sang (and formerly Dean) buddies. I can’t say that Ron and I have had a deep level of communication over the years, but it has been frequent, and it has been broad, and I’m certainly the better for having participated. Ron’s an interesting guy, and an honest guy, and I’m happy to have him as one of my friends here.

Other than the first four people probably being my four closest friends here, this isn't in any kind of order, so I'm not trying to rank anyone. It wasn’t my intention to hurt anyone’s feelings, or leave anyone out, or anything like that, but what started in my imagination of a list of ten friends was then expanded to 12, then 15, then 20, and I had to cap it somewhere. If you were left out, then I’m sorry . . . I just wanted to let some of the folks with whom I’ve developed a special connection to know how I feel about them, and how important they are to me. I appreciate everyone who hangs out here, and while you might not be “on the list,” I welcome your participation in any of my projects, topics, discussions, etc. Peace to all.

On to the gifts!

I’ve been working on this for months . . . since before 9,000 posts. As I have hinted in various threads, the gift for today’s party is a new CD compilation, one that involved the assistance of a large handful of the good folks on this forum.

My gift to the twenty folks on my “guest list” is:

Top Droog’s favorites, Vol. 6 – The Derek Trucks Band, In Another Country

Here’s the track list:

Disc 1 – The East and Beyond

1. Amazing Grace>Rastaman Chant>Maki Madni>Rastaman Chant – 16:06
2. Lively Up Yourself – 5:15
3. Mahjoun – 2:39
4. Greensleeves – 7:30
5. Oriental Folk Song – 6:59
6. Sahib Teri Bandi>Maki Madni>Sahib Teri Bandi – 13:38
7. Sailing On – 6:47
8. This Sky – 5:52

Bonus:

9. Zambi* - Aquarium Rescue Unit – 6:28
10. Space is the Place/Rocket #9* – ARU – 7:03

*W/Derek Trucks

Disc 2 – The South and Further South

1. Kamalay – 10:40
2. Big Head Salsa – 7:21
3. Afro Blue – 11:04
4. Sonido Alegre – 15:29

Bonus:

5. Birdland – 7:49
6. “Jam,” w/Jimmy Herring – 14:15
7. Joyful Noise, w/Jimmy Herring – 11:25

Wherever possible, these are SBD recordings, and the entire set kicks ass, let me tell ya. It should be obvious from the song list as well as the titles of both the compilation and the discs that what I was going for was a set of my favorite DTB tunes with origins outside of the musical traditions of the United States. We all dig the blues and jazz numbers, but what I like most are the international or internationally-flavored tunes. So, that’s what we’ve got.

These are all “deluxe” editions, and come packaged in slimline double-CD cases with full-color 8-page booklets and back tray inserts.

A few of folks listed above (Marley, planning and text; Fast43 and Hophead, photos) contributed to this project, but in addition to those righteous brothers, I had photographic contributions from Tami (Spygirl) and Jeff (Vinsanity). The biggest thanks, however, goes to my new brother cupofjo, who actually did the copying for me. Not having burning capacity that would allow for over twenty sets of this compilation, without this top-drawer brother I would have been stuck in the mud, so everybody who receives and enjoys this set owes Rob a drink (or something).

This is my first time providing full artwork along with one of my compilations. Please have a sneak peak at the material here:











For those of you who might like a high-res PDF, you can find that here: http://www.uic.edu/~rtstone/booklet.pdf. If requested, I can also send 300 dpi TIF's or PNG's.

I need everyone on the list above to send me a PM with their mailing address, and that includes Tami and Jeff as well.

Finally, if you’d like a copy of the set but your name does not appear on my “guest list,” I’m sure a number of the good people above will be happy to do a B&P, a trade, a freebie, etc. With 20+ sets going out, I assume they’ll be available for a good while to whoever should want one.

Well, that’s about it, my friends. I wanted to celebrate my 10,000th post in a big way, and I hope this fits the bill. Thanks to all of you for coming. The connections I’ve made because of the ABB and family bands and this website are some of the most important relationships in my life, and I hope they will indeed go on forever.

Peace!

 

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  posted on 8/14/2007 at 03:47 PM
Awesome, Dawsom!

 

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  posted on 8/14/2007 at 03:52 PM
Congrats, Droog.

 

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  posted on 8/14/2007 at 03:53 PM
Congratulations

 

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  posted on 8/14/2007 at 03:54 PM
Happy 10k.

 

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  posted on 8/14/2007 at 03:56 PM
WOW!

You weren't kidding when you said "long winded".

Heh heh.


Thank you, I'm honored.

What communication we have had has certainly been fun.

I look forward to many more years of it.


PM on the way.

 

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  posted on 8/14/2007 at 04:00 PM
congrat's on 10,000 steroid free posts...

now who's poppin' out of the cake?

 

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  posted on 8/14/2007 at 04:02 PM
Good grief, Droogie....I'm stunned to be mentioned among that bunch--and highly honored. It is amazing how easily people from here become instantly friends at first meeting. To me, it's the best part of the legacy of Duane Allman. All sorts of folks, from all sorts of places, brought together by the music they have in common.

PM on the way, much thanks.

 
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  posted on 8/14/2007 at 04:05 PM
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congrat's on 10,000 steroid free posts...

now who's poppin' out of the cake?


 

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  posted on 8/14/2007 at 04:08 PM
Randy, you rock!!! Congrats on post # 10K!

To be included among so many fine folks on your list of friends is.....an honor....I'm choking up.....where's the tissue box?

I'm glad we got to spend so much hang time at LaGuardia in March, even though it was a nail biter at the time, wondering if we'd get on a flight out or have to stay overnight in the terminal. It allowed us time to just shoot the breeze and become more well acquainted. I'm looking forward to the next time, whenever that may be. I'm sure we'll have a ball! Have fun and enjoy your new posting rank. I don't think we get another opportunity to celebrate until post # 15K.

EAPFP...BDOB

 

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  posted on 8/14/2007 at 04:09 PM
Congrats On The 10k!

 

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  posted on 8/14/2007 at 04:17 PM
congrats droogie..don't forget to mention the time i saw you on the Kennedy...if i could get in on the freebie, just bring it on the 29th..

 

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  posted on 8/14/2007 at 04:25 PM
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congrat's on 10,000 steroid free posts...

now who's poppin' out of the cake?





Pete

 

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  posted on 8/14/2007 at 04:30 PM
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Hmm. Is that a photoshop challenge? Who has a good picture of Greggswoman in a swimsuit?

But Lefty, of course you're in for the freebie, and sure I'll bring it on the 29th. Hell, that'll save me about a buck and a half. I mean shoot, just because you wouldn't let me merge into your lane . . .

 

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  posted on 8/14/2007 at 04:32 PM
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Who has a good picture of Greggswoman in a swimsuit?


If I told ya...I'd have to kill ya. hehehe

 

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  posted on 8/14/2007 at 04:35 PM
congrats

 

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  posted on 8/14/2007 at 04:37 PM
Woo Hoo !

Party Time ! ! !


Ah Droogie, your making me blush.

I should be the one Thanking You.
As you said, great conversation, good times, morning wake-ups and the
photoshop you do

I'm sure that we'll be partying more down the road



Take Care, Congrats and Party On Dude

 

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  posted on 8/14/2007 at 04:37 PM
Congratulations!

10.000 posts...

How's it feels?

 

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  posted on 8/14/2007 at 04:39 PM
Congrats!!!!!

Thank you for including my photos - PM on the way!!!!

 

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  posted on 8/14/2007 at 04:39 PM
Droogie, this is way cool of you!

Rock on, my friend

 

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  posted on 8/14/2007 at 04:39 PM
Congrats Randy. BTW you're not the only one that owes me money. You're in some pretty good company And if you think a CD is going to let you off the hook on the money all I have to say is HA!.

On a serious note I was wondering about Dino the other day, haven't seen him in a while

 

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  posted on 8/14/2007 at 04:42 PM
OK.....Congratulations on 10,000. That's a lot of typing.

Now, I would like a copy of this compilation. That looks tasty.

In Trade- Either of two very under-circulated shows, each two discs

Derek Trucks Soul Stew Revival- Derek's Birthday Show
Santa Fe, NM
6-8-07

or

Gov't Mule
Santa Fe
4-28-07

Scrapomatic set thrown in for good measure.

Anyone........................Bueller.................

PM me so as to not HIJACK!!

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  posted on 8/14/2007 at 04:55 PM
Congratulations!!!!

 

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  posted on 8/14/2007 at 04:58 PM
Congrats !!! You not only have a way with words but that arwork is killer !!!

 

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  posted on 8/14/2007 at 05:08 PM
have a great time on your way to 20k

 

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