Yes of course it was the database that sucked me in... I am a folk music geek, and I am just starting to try singing. I'm giving myself about 6 more months to prepare a short performance, so I've been searching for words and music. I love finding multiple versions of things. I can be pretty fast and loose about my own revisions as well: Folk music wants to be free.
But, like the rest of y'all, it's the rest of the Mudcat scene that is holding my attention now. I really appreciate the organization of the whole forum and the absence of truly superfluous material and spam. Thanks to those who organize and maintain this site.
I've been using computers and the internet for years for work, but this is the first time I've found something that truly engages my personal attention. There is a kind of accountability in this group that I don't find in others. It's not merely a place to pee on the wall and proclaim your knowledge.
I have a number of other music-geek friends and we spend a fair amount of time sitting around talking about music [incidentally I'm kind of distressed to read about the demise of folk music in another thread; I had no idea it was going under], and as a sometime radio programmer I usually try to make a point of knowing what's out there recording-wise, but this place is so full of interesting people and information, I can't stop coming back for more.
Nora Streed Winston-Salem, NC, USA