Hi Mr. Pirate
Well, what can I say...
I'm alive and well (first of all)
second : I grew a bit tired of this thing, and the lack of response. You see I noticed this blog had about 50 followers (I call that vultures waiting for the blogger to lay an egg and then come and get it ....GET IT and maybe EAT IT) but I see only a few true followers saying they liked it, they enjoyed it;
Now since I went "underground" I got seven (ELEVEN) persons asking what's up ?
I feel that this really isn't worth the work I put into it (and you of all persons understand the WORK this means)
Someone said I had the most "scolarly" blog of us all. That was a huge compliment and that is why I did it all.
I did a radio program about blues and early folk on the Radio over here, and there I could "teach" as my son always says, or as I say "tell those wonderful stories of people a long time ago".
The blog brought me some true surprises also : You'll remember one day I posted a record by Dion DiMucci (the son of Skip James) One evening Dion himself (Mr. D.)replied and said he loved the item and what I said about it, for once not in a superlative way and glory hallelujah, but I placed the thing in a larger context, this being exactly he felt. I was honored. Thanks Mr. D..
Also Lucy Kaplansky - whom I asked if I could publish the record : she was delighted and even send me an unreleased demo : Thanks Lucy
So that's about it. Maybe I'll be back one day with a new Merlin, still in his old rags (because that's the only thing that really matters... these old rags and songs from people who lived when I wasn't even born.)
I lately saw on muddy's site a club concert by Leadbelly from november 1948.... I was born a month later. I cried.
So what was it like ? I loved it well.
I see you mirrored the blog.. I feel honored again but some things are over and done, they won’t come back
As I said …. I’ll see you at the other side of the mirror, someday soon.
If you feel this should be on your blog, feel free
Merlin (no rags... only riches)
March 22, 2010
Hi Mr. Pirate
March 18, 2010
Well my inbox has received a number of inquiries as to the situation of Merlin-in-Rags and Friends of Old-Time Music blogs, which both went private within a few days of each other back in December. I don't know what happened, I don't have an invite, and as far as I can assume, for some reason they decided to shut down the blog without actually completely deleting it.