January 12, 2006
Finally . . .
It’s been a long journey, but the first edition of the ColumbusMusicHistory (‘CMH’) website is up and running. It is by no means complete and I anticipate that it never will be, given the constantly evolving music scene in Columbus and the countless number of stories to be discovered and documented. But, of course, that is a good thing. I look forward to this site becoming an ever-expanding archive of stories and artifacts related to both the present and past Columbus music scene.
I’ve been following the Columbus area music scene since the early sixties and I never cease to be amazed by the quality and depth of the music that has flowed from local artists over the years. Over the years I have had the good fortune to have met many local artists, collectors and listeners, each with fascinating stories to tell. The sad truth is that most of these stories are told one-on-one, rarely documented and quickly forgotten. As time goes by and the artists drift away, their stories go with them and are too often lost forever. Hopefully this site will play a role in contributing to the process of preserving and sharing these priceless treasures.
We are fortunate to live in the era of the internet, which has rapidly evolved into an instant and easily accessible mechanism for communicating information of all types, everything from graphics to text to video and audio. And a unique feature of this technology is its ability to constantly change and expand. It occurred to me a few years ago that the internet would be the ideal platform for a central repository for information about the musical history of Columbus, a platform that could grow as rapidly as new information could be discovered and allow this information to be easily shared with the world. Thus, the concept of the ColumbusMusicHistory website was born.
As I learned quickly, the idea is always the easy part. Making it happen was the real challenge. Fortunately, everyone I talked to about the concept was enthusiastic, generous with their ideas and eager to help. I knew right away that it would be impossible to get it all done in the first pass, so the focus of the first edition was to get the basic site up and running and use the internet’s capacity to expand to allow the site to grow as time goes by. The first pass contains the first set of articles and artifacts and I am excited about adding more in the near future.
I am also looking forward to comments and suggestions from everyone who has the chance to stop by the site. I hope you find something of value in this effort and please let me know what you think.