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Old 10-18-2020, 04:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Wade Hampton View Post
Mike, Iím sorry if I offended you by the tone of my posts; I had never heard of her before today. Iíve gotten not only the responses in the threads but quite a few offline emails from friends bringing me up to speed on this remarkable young woman.

All of those posts and emails have had a considerably friendlier tone than you chose to use.

Short version: yes, I was unaware of her prior to today, but it wasnít out of maliciousness or condescension that I wrote about her. You folks in the Lower 48 sometimes donít realize the distance and geographical isolation that we have to endure here on the Alaskan subcontinent, but the exposure that non-mainstream musical artists get up here is woefully inadequate. It costs more to fly to Alaska from the Lower 48 than it does to fly to Europe, and the nearest major city to us is Seattle.

Not many acoustic acts make it up here unless their airfare gets covered, and with the Alaskan economy in freefall there are fewer and fewer of those gigs.

Seattleís a 3 hour flight away. By direct contrast, the flight I took from Anchorage to Magadan, Russian Far East when I played a music tour there in Magadan Oblast was a mere hour and a half.

So, yes, weíre considerably closer to Siberia than we are to Seattle.

You should count your blessings that you have constant exposure to touring musical artists where you live, because 99% of the time we do not.

Weíre a world away from you, in more ways than one.

Hope that makes more sense.

Wade Hampton Miller

PS: If you think Iím being pretentious by calling Alaska a subcontinent, look at Alaska on a globe some time, rather than one of those flat little maps where they stick Alaska in a reduced size down in the lower left hand corner. Youíll see that Iím not exaggerating in the slightest about the distances involved.

Price air fare prices too, while youíre at it. Youíll find that if anything I under-emphasized the distances involved.
Hi Wade, got your PM, thanks. It wasn't a matter of personal offense - you didn't owe me an apology.

Living in another (not quite so) huge state, your geography lesson brought back memories of relatives flying in from the east coast back when I was a kid, growing up in the SF Bay Area. My folks would ask them what they wanted to do the next day, and more than once, they'd answer "go to Disneyland", not understanding that it would be an all-day trip just to get there from where we lived. They'd say, "but it's in California, isn't it?" They couldn't quite wrap their heads around how big the state is compared to where they came from.

We're all very fortunate that the internet affords us access to all of the wonderful artists, young and old, that it does, not to mention forums like this where we can share them with kindred spirits, wherever they may be.
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