One of the first things someone told me about New York City when I moved there in 1968 was that if your interest or passion is one in a million, there are seven more people there who share it. Now that we have the internet, of course that pool of like-minded people is even larger.
I met Peter Tibbles, who writes the TGB Elder Music column on Sundays because he sent me a lot of email notes about the music stories I was writing. We are blog/email friends because he lives way down there in the land of Oz and I'm in North America, but he is no less important to me for the distance.
I don't remember how I came to know Citizen K and his eponymous blog, but we've actually met in person when he and his wife visited Portland, Maine a couple of years ago. Perhaps we'll do that more often now that I live on “his” coast.
This story begins with Peter's recent Elder Music post about Emmylou Harris. Citizen K's was the first comment that day:
“She can do no wrong!
“While leaving one of Emmylou's shows, my late wife opined that, 'It's not fair that someone can look like that and sing like that!'”
Now. Due to the way things happen online, two days ago I received this email note from K:
“Peter Tibbles and I have become friends via Time Goes By. After his post last week, we exchanged mails confessing our lifelong crushes on Emmylou Harris and jokingly explored the possibility of a blog called 'Old Farts for Emmylou.'”
That's funny, but it's also quite cool. How often does it happen that you can help two people, who wouldn't otherwise know one another, find a shared passion?
In this case, Peter and K have turned their joke into reality with a blog titled, 365 Days of Emmylou Harris and subtitled A Year-Long Mosaic of Videos, Photos, Art and Words. You can see it here.
But wait. I don't know about you, dear readers, but I think the two guys' initial inclination for the blog name - Old Farts for Emmylou – had a ring to it that's missing in their whitewashed version. What do you think?
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