Well after 4 years of the greatest fun I have ever had with music, it is the end of the road for The Funky Melting Pot. From the first days when I got into mixing back in University it was always about 1 thing – The Music. I refused to be a club DJ, a mobile DJ or to have playlists forced upon me at Radio channels. I approached this from the purest possible perspective. I have never promoted myself and nor have I EVER asked anyone to visit my blog and listen to my mixes. Not a single email was sent soliciting anyone and nor was there an FB Page through which I posted hundreds of posts about new mixes …or music I am listening to …or self-promoting thoughts of any sort.
Ofcourse, the approach got the results it deserved – I have run the blog for about 4 years and have a measly number of followers/hits. In cricketing terms I am that irritating middle order batsman that walks in and digs in. 50 runs from 500 balls! That is me and no I do not have any regrests. This blog has cost me a lot of money – Podbean is definitely not cheap especially for the top-of-the-line package I chose. How I justified this spend to myself all these years I will never know. All I know is that when I step into my car, I switch on and immediately have access to fine music presented through “clean” mixes …with often times brilliant transitions between tracks. It is during these moments or moments when I am travelling and have my headsets on that it all makes sense.. People, some things return more value to us than any amount of profit or personal physical gain can ever make up. When I die it will be the mixing and the listening that I will remember.
Lounge music is magnificent people and it honestly deserves a lot more attention than it is getting. I hope you will continue listening to other blogs and oh yes, will you please try to support the people doing this? In many cases the people doing these mixes, like me, gain NOTHING from it apart from the pleasure of working with music, improving skills and sharing mixes. It really will not hurt you or them to, once in a blue moon, say thanks …or at least provide some feedback. I would never wish the dead silence on this blog on anyone and I beg you to consider this when listening/downloading other people’s blood, sweat and tears.
As for me I have a pretty strong character and a pretty hefty amount of determination. In the 4 years I have been doing this I have only ever heard from 4 people. All, luckily, were very positive but, having said that, nothing could have discouraged me from doing what I felt I needed to do as part of a greater character building exercise. I am truly grateful for the experience – the man I am today is nowhere near the one I was just 4 years ago. I will now take this energy and apply it elsewhere …with an even greater amount of success I hope.
Dudes – life is short and time is valuable. Awareness is critical otherwise in a few years you will be one of those saying “it went by so fast!”. Whenever I hear people say that I wonder “compared to what”? Could anything be as slow as the rolling seconds of a day?? And yet we hear that “it goes by so fast” thing all the time. Be aware. Make positive use of your time. Thank you for listening to my mixes. I am forever grateful.
To "The Funky Melting Pot" itself, all I can say is “Adios Ayer” (Goodbye Yesterday). Cheers and stay safe!
PS: The cover picture for this mix really does nail it. It was, is and will always be about the music!!