Tony Brooke: Flashback to 1992

Are your memories the frame or the framed?

I recently discovered a long letter which I wrote in early 1992, but never sent. I had lived in San Francisco less than a year and was still figuring out what I wanted to do in life. I had begun to change my mind about my career choice of radio, but had not yet begun working in recording studios.

While driving down the freeway at 70mph, I had a brainstorm which I had to pull over to describe.

I called it JamNet, and it was a remarkably forward-thinking Internet and music-related invention (my humble opinon). Unfortunately, I never followed up on the idea. It did not become reality until many years later, but I had no part; A company called Rocket Network brought it to life. Then in April 2003, they were bought out by Digidesign and shut down. Digidesign later unveiled DigiDelivery. Not for live performance, it's not quite the same concept so the market is still open...

When I wrote this in February 1992 there was no World Wide Web yet, just the non-graphical, disconnected, fledgling beginnings of the Internet. I had only seen behind-the-times college networks, and private Bulletin Board Systems such as BMUG. I had yet to begin recording audio professionally, and had not even bought my first modem. My scribbled notes recently resurfaced... (Check out the last line, "Man, I can't wait to get a modem." Ha!)

Finding this letter was a reminder of a time when I had grand ideas despite having no way to achieve them. I was filled with ambition but had no direction.

Memories like this either frame today's actions with perspective or are framed by them as relics. I try to gain perspective from my past instead of seeing it as a means to today's end.

Are your memories the frame or the framed?

Oh, and this also proves that my hand writing is not a talent and that my typing isn't so bad after all...

February 1992

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It's no Sistine Chapel. Not a bad idea for 1992, though...

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