Well first, we have this!
(Thanks to hpunch for the tip.)
Considering the last good Jackson Browne record was released in 1977, I will leave it to you to listen to "Standing In The Breach." Please let me know if I should bother. And if you have some time, maybe explain to me how this artist could release so much below average material and still remain an icon of singer/songwriters. (Oh and, should singer/songwriters be hyphenated, two separate words or slashed?)
A friend was inspired to post his thoughts on Ann & Nancy Wilson of Heart on his Facebook page. I'm guessing he heard something or saw some video and decided that Ann was the best female "rock" vocalist of all time. He specified "rock," and I find it hard to disagree. About 65 comments later, the thread became a number of things including a defense of Mark Farner and Grand Funk, an Annie Haslam of Renaissance appreciation exercise, and of course a forum for everyone to disagree with my friend with their own suggestions which included Joan Jett (not really a vocalist) and Jerry Lacroix of Edgar Winter's White Trash (not really female.)
My friend exhibited amazing patience and restraint, as one needs to do while playing on Facebook. But since I have neither patience nor restraint, I found myself thinking about something else completely.
The Burning Wood community has for the most part, been incredibly focused. For almost 6 years, comments on a topic, whether it's 1 or 101 comments, are usually on the topic. And here, there is that annoying luxury of posting anonymously, giving the freedom to some bozos to be mean-spirited or, veer off into their own agenda, yet those moments are few and far between. Facebook, on the other hand, puts everyone front and center with a name and a face, and yet so often, people think nothing of ranting and raving, hijacking threads and crapping on people's thoughts and opinions.
I prefer this forum, and often wonder if a topic that is not music-related would be a welcome idea or a bad idea. Would an a occasional discussion about film or TV, sports, or any other hot topic other than politics or religion achieve the same grace in the comments section, or will it turn into a Facebook free for all?
I'm not looking to change things and I certainly have no interest in using these pages to discuss climate change or the NFL. But if any of you do use Facebook, I wonder if you share the same frustrations as I do, like those mentioned above.
Thank you for years of respecting this page and its topics. Thanks for not using it for your own agenda, like so many do on Facebook.