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Last year, 2005, was considerably better than its predecessor for a bunch of reasons. One was that at least 108 separate podcasts (there may be more, but that's all I know about) played one or more of my podsafe tunes—which I post to my Penmachine Podcast and the Podsafe Music Network. And all in the last six months of the year, since I attended Gnomedex in Seattle in June.
When I first started making the music available on my website in mid-2004, I never imagined that I'd hear it in so many disparate places, from pirate radio on the CBC picket lines here in Vancouver, to IT Conversations and Adam Curry's Daily Source Code, to podcast promos and shows from around the globe. Your appreciation and use of the stuff I produce here in my basement studio makes me feel good, and forms the widest audience I've had since I started in the music business in 1989.
And then, late in the year, I released my first-ever CD album, which I certianly didn't expect to do back in January '05.
So far I haven't plugged for votes at Podcast Alley, but I'll start now: I invite you to click "Vote Now!" on this page. Podcast Alley needs an email address to confirm your vote, but then gets rid of it after that, and you never get any more mail or spam from them. (I've checked.)
Thank you once more to all of you who've read this site, listened to my music, or talked shop about any of this stuff with me over the past year, and have a great 2006. There'll be lots more writing and music from me to come. Thanks also to to my lovely wife, fabulous daughters, our families and friends, and my bandmates. Be safe.