One of these days, I'm going to gather together all the right words *and then I will put all those right words in the correct order* and the combination of those things will result in a perfect summary of what this ol' chunk of website is trying to be. It'll be like one of those proper 'About Us' sections, the kind you'd find on one of those "financially sustainable" sites—complete with effortless & eloquent prose explaining how things "work" and why one bothers and what it all means, man.
But today is not one of these days.
Instead, please watch the High Fidelity scene below (one of the top 5 movies of all time don't @ me) and try to notice the spots when your antenna starts picking up some nice-warm-tingly frequencies; because it is in those moments of unspoken understanding that you'll find the essence of what this little corner of internet has always aimed to be "about".
Or, at least, whenever I've tried to cobble together some sort of mission statement over the years, at some point I always end up staring at the writing on the screen and thinking, "Shit, this has gotten way too convoluted and it's obvious you haven't fully figured out what this site is 'about'—delete alt delete and just put that High Fidelity clip back up." My latest attempt at a re-write went no different.
That's ok, one of these days we'll all get everything out of our heads correctly.
. . . .
However, I will add one more thing. From the moment this site began as a 'Not A Record Label, Not Not A Record Label' called HI54LOFI RECORDS, all throughout the HI54LOFI music blahging years, and even/especially now at the beginning of this HIGH FIVE FOR rebrand / rewhatever—the original tagline of…
“This Isn't A Competition, It's A Collaboration”
…has been the one constant guiding light; emanating from the far off, fog-covered (and very possibly haunted) lighthouse that sits astride the Blahg Sea shoreline. Blinking out the same message, day after night after day…
this isn't a competition [stop] it's a collaboration [stop]
Sure, some people will say that "collaborating" sounds nice on paper, but in the real world, it's actually *Dog Eat Dog* out there. And you know what? The current state of society (depending where you look) might suggest that those people are currently correct. Maybe. But wouldn't it be better if the dogs just worked together to figure out how to open the cupboard and gain access to that bag of dog food their master keeps hidden out of reach? Y'know, and then they eat the dog food together instead of eating each other? Doesn't that sound better?
I'll leave you to ponder that thought for awhile…
…partly because it's an alternative scenario worthy of some pondering, but mostly because I have to go write a bunch of other stuff for a bunch of other parts of this website. And another website.
So, this is kinda the end of this iteration of the HIGH FIVE FOR 'About Us' section. For now, anyways. I plan on returning often to take more cracks at making this page more helpful and informative…
…but all that nice stuff is going to have to wait until one of those "one of these days" actually arrives. Until then, things just are how they currently are and that will be the way it is until it isn't. Blogs are like lives, you never totally know what you're doing with it.
It's probably best to think of this site as a giant puzzle, and right now only the outside frame has been put together. To make matters worse, I don't have the puzzle box, so I can't refer back to the picture on the cover to see how the whole thing is supposed to look. So now I have to rely on the fuzzy memory I have of seeing the puzzle box cover once before, which was either in a thrift store or a rundown dream. I can't be sure, it was all so long ago.