The following was posted by the webmaster at FaLaLaLaLa
today. Whatever the future of The Fa, you deep diving vinyl seeking Yule tune aficionados will need to take a look/second look around over there, download what’s available, and bookmark some links.
This one will hurt if it goes away. Click here
if you want to keep up with the discussion.
From the site:
The Future of FaLaLaLaLa - A Crossroads
« on: Today at 01:51:44 AM »
As we're coming up on Christmas-and-a-Half, I feel I need to share some thoughts about the site...
I find myself at a crossroads with FaLaLaLaLa at the moment. I'll be honest and say up front that I am seriously considering bowing out of FaLaLaLaLa or taking a backseat to new management.
It's basically a number of situations/events/trends that have me thinking of passing the operation on to other hands.
The hard drive that housed all of my basic FaLaLaLaLa files (logos, cover artwork, album rips in process, Photoshop files, etc.) completely died beyond repair and for some reason no backups can be found. I still have all of my already ripped and released music as well as any images, etc. that are actually on the web server. But all the rest is gone. This is fairly disheartening, as you can imagine. While this isn't the main reason behind my feelings, it's certainly added to my ambivalence.
I've moved (to Canada) and am living in a smaller space, with very little room to house the vinyl I do have, let alone to set up space for ripping. It seems that the logistics of this part of the process just add quite a bit of complexity to my home life that I could do without. (Not that I've been ripping and releasing much of my own collection in recent years anyway...)
I also really feel that the digital music landscape is really changing and wonder if there's really a place for FaLaLaLaLa as it is currently constructed. I think more of the old music is finding its way to commercial release (even if some it is through needle drops of questionable quality). And there are new laws in the pipeline that I think will make the site a likelier target for legal action. It's not something that keeps me up nights or that, by itself, affects my current thinking. But it's certainly an important factor to consider.
It's been my opinion for several years now, that the site could really excell most by being a repository for information about all things Christmas music. I have talked repeatedly about really building the wiki because I see that as the future. It would be great to have a place where people could look up an old Sinatra song and find out what albums AND CD's AND MP3 downloads it appears on (with links to purchase whatever they want). (Include some expert reviews as well as some advice on which are the best recordings/masterings, AND where to find an album that was released under a different title/cover.) Add to that the ability to find out who else performed that song, etc., etc. and it would be killer. And we have the people to do it.
But I don't think it's a project that I can take on, partly because I really don't enjoy immersing myself in Christmas music when it's 'out of season'. I just don't want to do it in March and July and September. And when the season comes along there's just too much else to do. If it's going to be done right it needs to be worked on year round. And we all know that's not my thing.
I'm looking to see if any of the dedicated regulars out there (Ernie, Stubby, etc.) might be interested in taking over and building the next generation of FaLaLaLaLa. I'd like to still be involved in some way(s), but I think the future is one that is more collaborative and takes advantage of the best of what we've built already.
I want to see what ideas are out there and what folks thing about the future and how to proceed.
Feel free to discuss here (or privately with me via email).
I know that the people here are some of the best around and I'm looking forward to seeing where we can go.
aka The King of Jingaling
P.S. I may be looking for a new home for a few hundred LP's....