Okay thanks for the input Joe! I really appreciate it!
For Barry, God and others too – Just if I can help clarify a few things a little more – This is my input about the forum and the JP Allen brand. Don’t worry, I’m not divulging any secrets nor breaking any confidences because really there are none, nowhere! So here goes:
Most reading through my posts will know last year (2009) I lost my mother in early April; and in September – just before the Labor Day Weekend – I almost lost my arm and life in a tractor-trailer rollover.
Story is here if you’d care to see it:
After the hospital stay, during home care and starting rehab – I had to take stock of my life and see where my next journey was taking me. I decided to go back into my earlier dreams; and one of them is to really learn harmonica, to play it, and to master it once and for all.
Well I found JP Allen’s vids on YouTube; signed up for his emails; and then purchased his home harmonica dvd set. Most already know this much.
What nobody else knows – until right now – is that I was so impressed by JPs home course, I wrote an email to his customer service rep, Jason.
Sure, it was detailed as most of my posts are – However Jason wrote me back! And Jason was so friendly and so professional about it – It made me cry! Really!
He also said I could contact him anytime anything JP!
I looked around and found no other JP Allen information except for his vids and dvds! Meaning all these other harp teachers had full blown websites, forums, etc. But no JP Allen anywhere! To make matters even more interesting, last December, Howard Levy was just then getting into launching his own online harmonica school! Sure I signed up – But still no JP Allen anywhere!
I wondered why not? I wrote Jason and he responded – Well, nobody’s ever brought it up before!
I wondered why not? I wrote Jason and he responded if I had any ideas on the matter to let him know and he’d even pass them along to JP Allen himself!
Well the short of it is, I wrote out a couple of in-depth proposals, and expressed my concerns as to how JP Allen should actually get out there more and should also be willing to compete more readily with all the other older established sites, as well as the newer competition that was just coming about!
One of the best ways to do this, I felt, was by creating a forum!
Sure I know forums come and go! But with no JP Allen-oriented-styled forum yet to date anywhere – It was virtually being called to be made!
Long story longer (hehe!) – in phone calls with JP Allen, which Jason encouraged me to do, and I’m glad I did – JP Allen finally convinced himself that yes, a forum would be a good idea. And sure, better late than never, I must say too!
Asking me if I’d be willing to write for it and act as moderator – Sure, I wasn’t doing anything except rehabbing anyway! So it was a go! Yet this was all back in the springtime as well.
Because of my personal life and circumstances, well, I wasn’t sure I was ready and/or able for this type of responsibility either! But then just recently I said the hell with it! Go for it, man! You won’t know if could’ve/would’ve been successful if you don’t try now!
So here we are today!
Yet also, in those proposals, I also laid out a few “plans/ideas” to perhaps get an online school going too! So no doubt, as I’m just learning here along with everybody else, those ideas are being worked on as well now!
Bottom line is: I wanted to connect with other JP Allen fans/students because I know you’re out there! I’m hoping one day to become proficient enough to go pro somewhere; as well as be able to teach others, because overall few harmonica teachers really do exist – They’re farther and wider than we think!
I can’t drive big trucks anymore! Seriously! I can’t, and after 25+ years grinding under them big 18-wheelers, neither do I want to either! So I’m trying to find myself a new career here if possible!
In writing, in playing music, wherever I can make a living and still be happy making other people happy too!
I’m not getting paid anything in my being a moderator here! Just doing it out my love for harpin’, man (and woman!)
But too, I’m here to share with you what I’ve learned so far – That which I’ve never seen anywhere else before!
And I want you to share what you’ve learned with me so far – So we can all learn, play, and have fun together in some way, shape and form!
So JP Allen is excited about this place! I’m excited about this place! And hopefully you all are too! Finally a JP Allen-style forum somewhere and available to all everywhere!
And better late than never!
Honestly, I don’t know where all this is going – Where all this leading to! I’m just here now to enjoy this ride today!
So thanks Barry, Ashish, Joe, Mike, everybody for coming along and keeping me company in the process!
God Bless JP Allen!
God Bless You All!
Keep on smiling!
Keep on harpin’!
Thanks for reading!
Joseph aka Street Performer Dude!