Joined: Tue Jun 08, 2010 2:41 pm
Location: Horsham, Grenoble, Outer Space
Will browse em later as I'm sure there is some heartfelt stuff. (9th May adder ....Gastronaut sums up the intangible part of this for me really well. There is a spirit there even if it might not be something the band are too conscious of. JamesLord and Herve (en Francais) cover much of the rest for me ).
Above all the music comes first and the foundation of that comes from RJG and its been a companion and comfort to me for 30+ years so first and foremost Enidi membership is a thank you from me. Above all else.
Not sure the notion of The Enid being "my favourite band" is even relevent. They are right up there but I might pick a couple of others ahead of 'em for cerebral or primal reasons but what they dont offer is an Enidi type connection.
I'm not seeking or expecting friendship specifically with the band cos that obviously isnt a consequence of liking their music on its own .
Or indeed with any other Enidi but for certain , with a common bond of love of music of this calibre as a matter of absolute truth, it's odds on that Enidi members will naturally get along when we do meet with the band as a focal point ...and so it seems. The context is not one where people's differences matter. Cool. (9th May adder - so its a communal thing on whatever level you want with some underlying sense of obligation mixed in)
I have been to two conventions and sensed that I am among caring real people above all else. Its grounded, visceral and real. That can only stem from something about the personaility of the band and thier outlook as people rather than their non showbiz circumstances. (9th May adder ...not sure I can quite put my finger on it and whilst I do not necessariliy agree with all that RJG says publically, I suspect his values have a lot to do with what The Enidi is and how it works)
So I value that although it wasnt something that I sought or specifically expected.
I also think the notion of RJG passing the torch is admirable and voicing it in the way that he has is unique and generous. Without him, I might not enjoy The Enid of the future but I suspect I will because what we now hear and see with Journey's End and the shows of recent years is right up there with what went before long ago with most of the spriritual and emotional elements remaining intact ...if that makes sense.
Bottom line ...I want The Enid to always be there in some shape or form.
I wish I commanded enough funds to be able to consider my small contribution to be genuine "philanthropy".
I might add a bit more to this when I've mulled it over a bit more (9th May adder .....Done. Actually forget all that tosh.....I'm just here for the chilli)