Our friend Bo has taken on the Herculean task of wrangling the files on patrickcostello.org into shape. It’s been fun working with him because it helped me put my work into some kind of perspective.
It’s easy to say that there are over one thousand videos on YouTube. Putting the sheer amount of content and its depth into some kind of visual analogy is impossible.
To complicate matters, this is only the tip of the iceberg.
My father and I started generating content all the way back in 1997. A lot of it is still in our archives, some is still out there circulating, and some of it lost to the whims of data storage. As old performers, we treated the work as disposable. As artists, the work was not only the entire goal, but a form of practice. Go far enough back, and you will notice that we were learning along with you. Teaching is, after all, part of the craft.
Bo could use your help with the archives.
I could use help getting the rest of the site back in shape.
Please, for me, use the forum to connect and organize if you would like to pitch in.
There are other ways you can help. As tacky as it sounds, clicking the subscribe button on YouTube will help us. We are back to almost 18,000 subscribers. If we can get the number past 20K, there is a chance for sponsorship and other things. So, please, hit the button and encourage others to do so.
We have also started up YouTube memberships as a way to bring in some financial support for the channel. As a perk, we will be hosting live members only Q&A sessions on the third Thursday of every month at 2:00 PM Eastern.
If you have other ideas, don’t keep them to yourself. We can use the help. The site, graphics – if you see a need, fill it!
In other news, there is a new book on the way. I would share excerpts and such, but this one took an unexpected direction. I will be keeping it close to my vest for a bit. This one changes things as much as The How and the Tao of Old-Time Banjo – and that’s sayin’ something.
Weather permitting, we will be livestreaming Songs for Sunday tomorrow at 2:00 PM Eastern. We hope you tune in and sing along.