The planned posting for today has been shelved in favour of this......a few words of appreciation to everyone who got involved in Paul Haig Day II.
To Paul Haig himself for donating the remix of Trip Out The Rider.
To his manager Evan Henderson for all the support and encouragement he provided in the weeks leading up to the day.
To all the bloggers from all parts of the world - Australia, Poland, Germany, Spain, UK, USA, Canada and Argentina (with apologies if I've missed anywhere out) - for taking the time to write about Paul Haig, Josef K, dmca notices and solidarity in such brilliant and individual ways.
To Chris and everyone at Exit 97.7 WEXT for getting so solidly behind the event and featuring loads of Paul's songs in their playlists.
To everyone who took a few minutes of their time to read any of the postings, listen to any of the songs and/or leave comments behind on any of the blogs or over at Paul's official site.
To anyone who twittered about Paul Haig Day and helped create such a sense of excitement.
It's only two small words, but it's just about all I can manage after an absolutely incredible 24 hours.
But where do we go from here. Is it down to the lake I fear?? Aye Aye AyeAye AyeAye.....
Sorry, I got lost and distracted for a moment. Please forgive me.
There's a couple of things I'd like to suggest.
Firstly, as Paul himself said in a comment yesterday, everyone should make an effort to keep in touch.
One of the best ways we could keep the informal network going is through signing up to the page that Paul Has set up on the ning social network. Some folk involved in today have done so already. It would be great if many others followed suit - not least as a way of saying a special thank you to Paul for his support, not just through the donation of the song, but for the fantastic stance he has taken to support music bloggers the world over at a time when many of his fellow musicians seem to be hardening their stance.
To sign up is really easy. Just pay a visit to http://paulhaig.ning.com/
Secondly, we've all enjoyed listening to Paul's free remix of Trip Out The Rider, but we have to remember that he still has to make a living out of his music. So please think about buying some of his excellent CDs - even if you own them yourself you can always get copies for friends and family who you think will enjoy the music.
One way is through the shop at the official website. http://www.rolinc.co.uk/rolcds.html
The other, especially if you want to pick up some of the older material is through places like i-tunes, amazon or your local (preferably independent) local record shop. Or you can visit http://www.ltmrecordings.com/phaigcat.html and pick up a number of CDs including The Warp Of Pure Fun, Rhythm of Life, Conicidence vs Fate, or Then Again as well as a whole host of compilation LPs on which the great man makes an appearance.
The other suggestion for anyone who still buys vinyl is to register your interest in getting a hold of the limited edition 7" of the Fred Deakin remix of Trip Out The Rider which will be available quite soon - likely to retail for around £4 plus postage (that's not official -just my guess). You can do that by either subscribing on the ROL website home page for a regular newsletter, or alternatively by direct e-mail to Paul's manager at Evan@ROLinc.co.uk
I make no apologies for this turning into a bit of a plug for Paul Haig product. And I can only appeal to all of your better natures to do your bit......
Will there be a Paul Haig Day III?? Most likely, as I don't see the problems with dmca notices disappearing over the next 12 months.
I'm sure many of you were as dismayed as me when it emerged that To Die By Your Side was no more. Its author, Coxon Le Woof, was one of the real inspirations behind me starting up TVV, and it was a disgrace that he was one of five worldwide bloggers cruelly cut off in their prime as a result of dmca notices. I might even be next for such treatment myself.....you just never know when they will come after you. Read this for more on what happened to Coxon.
And even in the midst of Paul Haig Day II, one of our contributors - Swiss Adam - was receiving a dmca notice related to a track he had recently posted by The The. Read here for more info.
** in fact make that two of our contributors got hit by dmca notices - Friend Of Rachel Worth for something he posted on Prefab Sprout way back in November for which there wasn't even an mp3 link!! Read here.
So yes, it is likely that there will be a third day in 2011. When I selected 6th April, it was totally random and I didn't realise it clashed with the birthday of Andrew Weatherall which was also marked by a number of our collaborators. But Paul Haig Day on 6th April looks set to be here to stay.....and it will be a lot easier to organise if we all sign up, as suggested earlier, to the ning site.
Once again...................thank you. It was the sort of day that makes all the time and effort that goes into keeping TVV coming at you on a daily basis very worthwhile.
mp3 : Paul Haig - Round And Round
Oh and as a bonus, here's the other co-author's version
mp3 : Malcolm Ross - Round And Round