Just WOW !!
As some of you may have noticed, I've become re-engaged with the forum more actively over the last few days (we never went away completely, but we went passive!) and a large part of that is because I've been wow'd by all the enthusiasm and activity in the jam session threads.
I'll freely admit that I've really enjoyed all of the sessions that I've been to. There's a bit of work that happens behind-the-scenes to make sure that they run smoothly, but that work is more than worthwhile when you get to see the results of it, and to participate in it too.
TBH, those sessions are the only opportunity I get nowadays to play outside my bed music room, so despite being an old bugger, I still get a huge buzz from playing at those sessions. As well as seeing how everyone else enjoys them.
I think it's fair to say the the behind-the-scenes team have been a bit swamped with the responses to the latest set of jams. We need to take a bit of a step backwards to get the organising - errrr - organised. We're just being over-run with all the enthusiasm - which is way way better than being underrun by indifference! - but we need to calm things down a bit on the next SasQ and WaterRats threads so that we can stay on top of the planning for those (those being slightly further away than the Quad session).
They're absolutely going ahead - and I hope that we'll be able to sort out some more active/participative session too - we just need to take them one at a time and get slightly more organised or else we're going to go slightly mad.
As an example, we've got well over 100 suggestions for the song lists. Which is great, but totally unmanageable. And when we cut that down to the 15-20 that can actually be played during a jam session, there's going to be lots of pissed off people because their suggestions didn't make the cut. We asked for the suggestions, so it's our fault we're in this place, but we need to get back on top of those discussions/decisions.
But still WOW - what a great place this is!