The last few days have been interesting. I've been receiving emails from many people in the JM business. Some of them were supportive and positive, some demanded to know who I am, and some asserted that they knew who I was.
Among these people were some close friends who have been hurt by the fact that I wouldn't/didn't identify myself to them. Those friendships are important to me and are more important than preserving my anonymity – something I expected would only be short term. As such, I have decided to acknowledge myself to them.
I am also putting the blog on hiatus while I rethink its role. I have decided to remove the posts while I consider all of this.
In the last 24 hours, I have reread all of my posts and I feel that the points I raised are ones that I hope the industry will address, but I can see how people may have taken some of them personally even though this was not my intent. For example, in one post where I referenced unsuccessful albums, I can see how people could have inferred a criticism of the singers themselves, rather than simply the material on the album. The reality is, that in most of those cases, I have no knowledge of or opinion about the singer's talents. The one case where I have met the vocalist, I know that he is extremely talented. Upon rereading that post I can see how others would have thought I was saying he had no talent, which was never my intent.
I sincerely apologize to anyone who was offended by anything I wrote. And, as always, I will be glad to post a response to anything I've written.