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  posted on 3/3/2009 at 11:44 PM
I would like to express heartfelt, sincere gratitude and appreciation for all the fine folks at HTW and HTN that put forth so much effort into creating, presenting and delivering high quality goods and services to us, the fans. Im sure I speak for many others here who feel the same way.

The folks over at the Big House, Gabba, Mule.net / MuleTracks, Moogis, DTB, the listserve, etc. all deserve the same praise as well. There may be other band fan organizations who also excel in their endeavors, but I will only speak of those with which I have close personal experience.

These can not be profitable ventures that are making anyone wealthy. Any so called profits, must be either sunk back into bettering the organization or simply to cover the time and expense of those individuals who work so hard to bring us a multitude of offerings that enhance our enjoyment in life, by allowing us to indulge in a variety of things related to the band(s) and the music we love.

Beyond the goods, services, activities and events which are the meat and potatoes that form the basic structure, they have also birthed, (knowingly or unknowingly at the inception), a community with a sense of family, (at times, dysfunctional), that has created and fostered relationships between people all over the world, who may have otherwise never crossed paths. My life experience has been greatly enriched by friendships and relationships, directly or indirectly, born, grown and nurtured through these very organizations and their amenities at our disposal.

Im sure its not all sunshine and roses down there in the trenches. There are difficult individuals to deal with and tolerate, but even that is done with patience, kindness and respect. There are tedious and time consuming tasks to be done. Being in the middle of a supply chain presents a host of challenges from dealing with suppliers and vendors, shippers and clerks, manufacturers and warehouses, all with the goal of delivering a quality product, in a timely manner and at a reasonable cost, in an effort to meet or exceed the expectations of the end customer. And that is just the logistical side of delivering physical merchandise. There is also the huge cooperative endeavors like working with ticket agencies, venue management organizations and so on. Planning and scheduling must be fraught with challenges. Legalities for artist rights and copyrights, municipalities and venues certainly can be no picnic to sort out. Waivers and approvals for recorded and distributed media, as well as streamed and downloaded material. Those are the necessary nuts and bolts to getting things accomplished, but you also must consider the conceptual creative phase of brainstorming and meetings to develop the initial ideas that result in some form of our participation or enjoyment.

I would have to assume that for many who give there effort for us, this is just a side gig, and not the source of primary employment.

You could ask; Why would they do it? Hard work. Long hours. Challenges and difficulties. Marginal appreciation, (at times). (Presumably), minimal pay, (if any). Why?

Aside from some level of personal satisfaction, the same reason WE are all here. Love of the music. Love of the community. Love for the kaleidoscope of individuals from the artists, the support teams throughout all the associated organizations, right down to we fans who immerse ourselves in this world each and every day.

Lets hear it for Lana, Rowland and all at HTW, - Joe, Vicky, John, Rob and all at HTN, - Butch & crew at Moogis, Kirk, Kirsten, Greg Potter, all the Big House folks, the Gabba folks, Stephanie Scarmado and all the folks over in Mule land. The fine folks on the DTB team.

These are peeps that share the love of this music beyond its consumption, but to the point of sacrifice, taking time away from other leisurely activities to devote to projects and events that enhance our experience beyond just the music alone.

Not that there arent rewards. The self satisfaction of working on something of personal value and having the opportunity to have some direct contact to the artists whom we count as musical heros, so to speak, or idolize on some level of musical excellence, must be very rewarding. We may feel like we know those musicians due to a voracious appetite of digesting written, audio and video interviews, coupled with a few hellos, hand shakes and autographs, but the people that on occasion work with band members on various projects get a much more in-depth personal experience. That has to be a gas. Im sure many of us would dig that opportunity. Having said that, I still take my hat off to the work these folks do, for which we are the benefactors.

Were less than a week away from the party of the year, and a year that will go down as one of the most memorable, in four decades of very noteworthy milestones.

Happy 40th to the seven gentlemen from the current ABB - three originals who have forged a legacy that is legendary in stature, and the entire ensemble that continues to be a creative force by pushing musical boundaries and giving fans, musicians, industry insiders and the artistic community at large, a dynamic entity that proceeds to amaze and delight.

Cheers to Mr. Betts for writing some of the greatest songs of all time, securing his place in history as an ABB original by adding significantly to that legacy, staying out there on the road with his own band of skillful players and still bringing it.

Continued success, health and prosperity to the four gentlemen in the Mule for bringing their unique vision to the musical world by giving fans the sacred sounds of historical greats while driving visionary concepts into the future with great tenacity.

A wish for a long and creative path for the six DTB talents who also show reverence for past giants while bringing musical cultures together from a global stew, creating their own legacy by stretching out, peering forward, reaching back and lifting our spirits in the process.

A hope for real appreciation in the bigger world, (we already know), for perhaps the hardest working man in show business, to Warren Haynes for his enormous effort and talent in the ABB, the Mule, (of late) the Dead AND- the amazing things he does with Habitat for Humanity and the ever expanding Christmas Jam, in addition to a plethora of interesting and worthy projects.

..and last, but not least, a hearty huzzah to everyone in all the organizations who enhance the whole experience with all they continue to do..for us.

Thank you.

Heres looking forward with great anticipation to the Beacon, Wanee and the approaching summer tours. Safe travels to all. Keep it between the ditches and keep the shiny side up.

See you on the road

Peace.


 

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  posted on 3/4/2009 at 12:02 AM
Wow you said it all there, bro
umm ditto

 

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  posted on 3/4/2009 at 06:28 AM
Well said!!!
 

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  posted on 3/4/2009 at 07:08 AM
Sums it all up..Thanks to all..

 

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  posted on 3/4/2009 at 07:44 AM
Well pu and I second that :-)
Thank you so much all of you

 

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  posted on 3/4/2009 at 08:18 AM
Very good post.
 

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  posted on 3/4/2009 at 08:27 AM
Hey there sweet family,

Jeff, thank you so much for the beautiful post! I'd like to add one more person to the list, our "Fearless Leader", Bert Holman!

Regarding the community and its inception, the first time I met Rowland (at an Allman Brothers Band concert, of course) I said to him, "You and I are going to touch more people than we can imagine, in a way we can't begin to know how."

At the time he thought I was crazy. Now he just refers to it as that "damn vision thing".

Take care and know that you are loved,

Lana

 

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  posted on 3/4/2009 at 08:27 AM
awesome Jeff

 

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  posted on 3/4/2009 at 10:57 AM
Thanks, Jeff, for saying so beautifully what we all feel here.

 

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  posted on 3/4/2009 at 10:59 AM
Very nice comments all around

 

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  posted on 3/4/2009 at 11:03 AM
Thanks for the kind words, Jeff. It means more than you can know...or maybe you do!

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  posted on 3/4/2009 at 11:25 AM
Very nice, Jeff! Kudos to you, and to ABB, HTW, HTN, etc.

 

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