You know there’s an article on 10,000 in Wikipedia? That’s right, 10,000. The number. I didn’t know you could have an article on a number. They say it’s between 9,999 and 10,001. They really say that.
Didn’t check all the other numbers.
I remember hearing long ago that in China, there’s a symbol for 10,000, but what it really means is a huge, indeﬁnitely large number. And look at that, it says so right there in Wikipedia. I’m sure the banks in China have a very deﬁnite meaning for 10,000 but maybe that huge, indefinite idea is holding its ground where they don’t have banks. Now the Greeks, they even have a name for 10,000: Myriad. How about that, I did not know you could name a number, other than, you know, its name (George Carlin once invented a number—Bleen he called it—and said it was somewhere between six and seven), but those Greeks, darned if they didn’t go ahead and name a number for real. Myriad, who knew it was an actual number?
This blog went up almost two years ago, and I see that it just broke through 10,000 hits. That is a huge, indeﬁnitely large number to me. It may be on the small side as far as blogs go, or large for the average blog, I don’t know, I don’t keep track of those things, but a myriad of hits (see? use it yourself in a sentence!) seems like a lot to me.
I kept a website for a while mainly as a way for me to track down my own things. Program notes, the instrumentation I can never remember of a ﬁve-year-old piece, an updated bio: I was always scrambling to ﬁnd information, so I began the site to keep everything in one place. But as more people played my music, and more people asked about it, the website evolved into this.
The shift was gradual; at ﬁrst I simply kept a calendar, and added events ad hoc. Then, as I learned more about what I was doing, I grew it into some established pages (those are listed on the right) and added posts about various activities. I started using the blog, in other words, as a blog.
I’ve never wanted this to become a place where I was just spouting off on anything that occurred to me; there are enough blogs like that already. I have expanded it beyond the “my piece is being played tonight, come on out” to various musings, but I’ve restricted them, I trust, to my immediate musical activities: compositions and performances, the radio shows, CD reviews and such. If I talk about good barbeque in Nashville, it’s a by-the-way involving my participation at a music conference there. If I mention Levi Stubbs, it’s only because I wanted to make a point about the ophicleide. No, wait, reverse that. Anyway, you get the idea.
It remains a fairly simple blog. There are bits about my music, audio samples, links to places of interest and those YouTube clips, and some thoughts on various things musical. A myriad of you (as of this writing, 49 over a myriad) have dropped in, and for that I’m very grateful. Thank you.