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Rumpelstiltskin’s Back … with Items to Post and Clips to Share

           

So, here I am again, trying to account for another unconscionably long gap between postings and standing on the verge of promising again to share thoughts about the Cure, the Pharcyde and Talk Talk among other possibilities in the near future. Alongside those items, there’s the until-now-unbroached subject of the best-of lists for 2010 and 2011, not to mention the current year.

What can I say? I’ve been very busy … with all manner of things—especially salutary lifestyle changes, travel, work, etc.—including having taken the (proverbial and occasionally nerve-wracking but) joyous final steps into adulthood. The result of all those changes is that I’m in a great place (literally and figuratively), and the present and the future have never been brighter. That long-delayed album is even back on the docket, now that many of the work-related distractions (er, albatrosses) of previous years are no longer occupying psychic space and energy.

In the interval, though, I haven’t completely neglected this site. In stolen moments over the last eighteen months, I’ve been redoing almost every aspect of it, and the new version will debut before the beginning of 2013. Although the changes in the visual presentation are slight, the backend has received a serious overhaul as a result of my learning the difference between solutions that work and those that, from a programming and usability standpoint, work well. Some of the most urgent changes have already silently been incorporated into the version of this site current as of today, but when the whole, much leaner collection goes online (on or before 27 December), you’ll notice one thing in particular: pages will load much faster than before—near instantaneously for those using computers and significantly faster for those using so-called smartphones. In addition, both reading and navigation will be smoother, and there’ll be room for me to share things I find online without my having to create a new post or news item (or for you to create yet another social network entanglement for yourself).

So check back here in the near future, especially if you’re not subscribed to the feeds. The lists of also-rans for 2010, 2011 and 2012 will appear over the next several days. And the best-of lists for all three will follow in short order. Then, that backlog of posts will start seeing the light of day. It’ll be good to get back to where I was in 2007 and 2008, when there were over ten posts each in the News and Musings categories.

Until then, here’s another little something to occupy your time. When I wrote my 25th anniversary Purple Rain post and the hastily penned follow-up on Michael Jackson later that same day in 2009, there was one remembered item I was dying to discuss, but couldn’t because the evidence wasn’t at hand. Now it is, though probably only for a short time. Without speculating much on circumstances or motivations on anyone’s part, I can say that all indications were that whatever love musicians might have had for Michael Jackson in 1985, Prince had their respect. On the American Music Awards show that winter, he and the Revolution performed a stirring version of “Purple Rain” and were allowed nearly seven minutes of air time (an amount that would be a luxury even today). Parenthetically, I remember being unsure how to interpret what he did with the microphone near the end, and I still am, but no matter. The group was rewarded at the end with a standing ovation. The whole clip is an amazing thing to watch, so check it out while you can.

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