Inviting All Lurkers to Reveal Themselves
Some of us have been coming to The Session longer than it’s been an open forum. In the old days, Jeremy was the only person able to post tunes or comments here, and the fact that some of us logged on every week is testimony to the grand job he did in presenting interesting tunes and comments on how to play them.
Then about a year ago (when exactly was it?), Jeremy overhauled the site and generously opened it up for anyone to contribute to. I think the resulting online session is remarkable, wonderful, and as rewarding as any good realworld session.
In fact (despite my apparently “nippy, narky, snippy” tone in a recent thread 🙂, I’d say The Session.org just keeps getting better, in large part because more and more people are joining in and actively participating. It’s terrific to see tunes from such a wide range of tastes and experiences, and to read comments and advice from dozens and dozens of people around the world, from the greenest beginners to accomplished professionals.
My point here is this: hundreds more of you are lurking out there, reading and listening to tunes, but never posting yourselves. That’s okay, fine really. And I can understand that there are many good reasons for not posting anything. (A friend once said that his younger brother didn’t start talking until he was 4 years old, and then spouted off in complete, gramatically correct sentences. When they asked him why he hadn’t talked before then, he replied, “I had nothing to say.”)
But I thought it might be worthwhile to post a clear and open invitation for more people, especially all you lurkers, to join in. Just like at our meatspace sessions, there are always people milling around the edge of the circle, and some would never open their instrument cases unless invited to do so. And I hate to think of the tunes and good crack we might be missing for the lack of a welcoming smile and nod to an empty chair.
So consider it done. If you’re teetering on the virtual edge, take the plunge. C’mon in, post a comment, ask a question, start a discussion, nail a tune to the archives. We promise not to bite your head off (at least not until we know you better 🙂.