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Hello everyone!
 
My name is James, and I live outside Seattle, WA, USA. I was active on this forum for a while from 2012-2013, but life got in the way - I pursued other creative interests (I even tried writing a novel, a pursuit I might return to), and work and family life got exceptionally busy. Of course, I never lost my passion for classical music, even if there was less time to listen to it.

My wife and I separated about a year ago, though, and I've found myself with more time on my hands! And moving my stuff out of the house meant dealing with the eight boxes of CDs I'd packed up years ago (about 600 or 700 discs, just a bunch of odds and ends and curiosities, not a lot of basic repertoire - I sold off most of those discs.) I started cataloguing them, intending to sell them dirt-cheap. I've been getting my music exclusively through downloads and streaming for years, and that was good enough. Right?

Then I put a disc on, for old time's sake, and I realized what I'd been missing. The depth and breadth of sound. Flipping through the accompanying booklet. The experience of just sitting and listening, without a thousand distractions. Around the same time, I discovered David Hurwitz's YouTube channel (and I know he rubs a lot of people the wrong way, but I find him entertaining and knowledgeable, even if I sometimes disagree with him on which performances are the best), and I knew it was only a matter of time before I took the plunge into CD collecting (again!) And now that I have some money of my own (and not under someone else's watchful eye), why not? Life is short - we should do things that bring us joy!

I've also dipped my toe into writing music again - it's been over 20 years since I completed a piece! I've been entering a lot of my old compositions into Sibelius, and of course I got the composing bug again. Progress has been slow, but steady. Perhaps I'll share some stuff, old and new, on the 'Composing and Performing' thread.

It's so nice to see a lot of the same people the forum who were here when I was last active - it's kind of like a little family!

I hope everyone's doing well - it's good to be back. I'll see you around!

James
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Re: Posting for the first time in 8 years - thought I'd reintroduce myself
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2021, 10:16:22 PM »
Welcome back!  You mentioned writing - my first novel is at the publisher and scheduled to come out this fall.  My wife's second is coming out Sept. 15.

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Re: Posting for the first time in 8 years - thought I'd reintroduce myself
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2021, 10:41:54 PM »
Welcome back - hope you enjoy out forum again.
Cheers

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« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2021, 02:35:48 AM »
Welcome back!
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Re: Posting for the first time in 8 years - thought I'd reintroduce myself
« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2021, 02:42:02 AM »
Welcome back, James!  :)

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Re: Posting for the first time in 8 years - thought I'd reintroduce myself
« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2021, 03:52:05 AM »
Hello, James, and nice to see you again!

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Re: Posting for the first time in 8 years - thought I'd reintroduce myself
« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2021, 04:24:50 AM »
Hi James

Glad you have decided to start posting again :). I spent about 5 years reading the forum every week as a guest, after having a short break away and forgetting my password, but took the plunge in beginning to interacting a few months ago. I'm glad I did :)

Look forward to reading your thoughts

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Re: Posting for the first time in 8 years - thought I'd reintroduce myself
« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2021, 04:47:43 AM »
Glad you have decided to start posting again :). I spent about 5 years reading the forum every week as a guest, after having a short break away and forgetting my password
Something similar happened to me twice but it was a few months each time only and I was able to keep my name and identy...

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Re: Posting for the first time in 8 years - thought I'd reintroduce myself
« Reply #8 on: September 02, 2021, 05:17:22 AM »
Welcome back, James! It’s great to see you posting again. 8)
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Re: Posting for the first time in 8 years - thought I'd reintroduce myself
« Reply #9 on: September 02, 2021, 09:59:02 AM »
Quote from: david johnson link=topic=31145.msg1390856#msg1390856
Welcome back!  You mentioned writing - my first novel is at the publisher and scheduled to come out this fall.  My wife's second is coming out Sept. 15.
That's really great! What genres do you (and your wife) write? Writing a book is quite a process! I'm attempting a romance novel, of all things! (an M/F romance told from the male POV - both of my main characters are orchestra musicians!) But I've set it aside for now... I've been working on it for about three years, it's not going anywhere...

Thank you for all the warm welcomes! I look forward to diving back in - I love how knowledgeable and passionate everyone is. I just ordered by first CD in nine years (actually, 28 of them), the Colin Davis Symphony Set on Decca! I'm trying to build my basic repertoire on CD again, and these artist and conductor big boxes make it easier than ever.

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Re: Posting for the first time in 8 years - thought I'd reintroduce myself
« Reply #10 on: September 02, 2021, 11:21:06 AM »
Hello James, welcome back !

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Re: Posting for the first time in 8 years - thought I'd reintroduce myself
« Reply #11 on: September 03, 2021, 06:41:54 AM »
I remember you!
Welcome back James  :)
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Re: Posting for the first time in 8 years - thought I'd reintroduce myself
« Reply #12 on: September 03, 2021, 08:30:12 AM »
Hello James!

I haven't been here that long, so I'm afraid that I am unfamiliar with your musical tastes, etc., but it's nice to meet you!

PD