Months ago, I promised to blog about the rebuild of my website, drdosido.net. The rebuild went live last summer, but my blogging went dead. Part of it was that WordPress and I were having serious issues, complicated by a change in my hosting service from cPanel to DirectAdmin. If you don’t understand any of that, well, neither did I. But with the kind support staff at HostRocket, I think I have executed all the required updates and have started the redesign necessitated by WordPress’s constant changes.
Anyway, DrDosido.net has a whole new look and a huge mass of new content. Currently there are several thousand recordings of fiddling chosen from the field recordings I made over the last 45 years. These six web pages comprise the playing of about 300 fiddlers. I also completely reworked the tables that identify and introduce the many contract and personal research projects that engaged me for most of my adult life. These tables, which are kind of an enhanced curriculum vita, are under the events menu. Links from these tables lead, on the one hand, to artists and their recordings. On the other hand, the event tables are also link to stories that I have to tell about the musicians I knew and worked with. The stories &c menu also contains an updated illustrated bibliography of my published writings and program notes.
As you can see, there’s a lot there. I have been lucky to live a rich and rewarding life, where my calling and my vocation intersected to a great degree. Now in my 70s, I want to share what I have learned with anyone who might find it enlightening or useful. The About DrDosido menu provides a good overview. This project is not complete. There are many things I want to add in the coming months and years. I have only just started sharing field recordings of musicians and ensembles that featured something other than fiddle. And I hope to share more of the Old 78s that have figured into my research, along with samples of rare or independent recordings published folk, traditional, and ethnic musicians from the Midwest.
And stories. Boy do I have stories to tell. I am glad to revive this blog so that I can get them told.