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January, 2004


by Webmaster

It's 3:30 a.m. and I'm writing this so I can finish this web site and get it up and running by 1/1/04, the date I promised.

Over 25 people had enough faith in me to pay me to be on this web site before I even knew what I would call it. These folks are in the Gold Dot Founders' Circle, and their faith in me means more to me than I can express. I get tears in my eyes, and it's not from the late hour or the infomercial on TV.

I guess I used the term "finish" loosely. This web site is not finished. Maybe no good web site is ever "finished". Events will be deleted and added. New members will join and eventually some will quit. Bands will change personnel. Items will be posted and dropped from the Bulletin [BULLETINS], Spotlight [ACCOMPLISHMENTS] and Classified [ADS] pages. Suggestions will be made and some will be implemented. Someday I hope to add sound. Some changes will be made in the background—you won't see them, but it will make the site easier to maintain.

I learned a lot, building this web site. And I hope to get gigs for my own bands, make web pages for folks, and maybe even sell some CDs from the activity on this site. So, my efforts are not totally altruistic.

But, this site would not exist today if it weren't for the faith of the Gold Dot Founders' Circle. They believe that I can make this site as successful as the web site for the CBMS. I hope I can.

I feel like the little engine that could. I think I can. I think I can!

And I will, with your help:

  • Come here to see what acoustic music events are happening.
  • Follow your favorite performers.
  • Support the businesses that support acoustic music and the venues that hire acoustic musicians.
  • Tell your friends about this site.
  • If you can, become a member of the site.
  • If you're already a member, send me your gigs list, awards, and other information—help keep the site current and interesting. Oh, write a column.
  • And, if you have a music web site, please link to this site.

Thanks for visiting AcousticByLines. Thanks for your patience with us as we grow.

And, special thanks to B. J. Suter, president of the Colorado Bluegrass Music Society, for suggesting the name "AcousticByLines."

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