Firstly, thank you all for your frank responses.
To answer several of the questions that have been asked I’d firstly like to explain the reason that I haven’t been back to the site: it’s partly because a) I saw no reason to – I’d said my piece b) I thought this post – which could have been, and indeed has been – interpreted as “anti” Fish (which, incidentally, it most certainly wasn’t) – would have been removed c) I felt bad for stating what I thought at the time because I realised it was my perception, which wasn’t necessarily accurate – hence the title “ramblings of an insane mind”, which the majority of you have missed - that implies words that come ‘off the cuff’ (or without malice or forethought, simply ‘musings’). But it was my perception nevertheless. And, to my view, the idea of forums is to be able to state that. But I expected a slating – which I’ve had – but over the last week I haven’t necessarily been in the frame of mind myself to return and stomach the responses.
, I think you will find that I didn’t criticise Fish’s voice. I said I don’t think it will ever be the same. Why is that a criticism? It doesn’t sound like it did when he sang Kayleigh, Lavender, Market Street Heroes, Assassing, Freaks etc., and much of the earlier Marillion stuff. Fact. That doesn’t mean I said it was bad, as you imply. It’s different and that is fact. I am well aware of the issues he has faced with his voice. If you’d also read my post, you’d know that. Over the weeks preceding my post, I’d read all manner of stuff about him – and caught up on the last 20 years of what’s happened in his life. However, I feel you have only seen the negative in what I’ve said and even placed it there when it wasn’t. I have downloaded a lot of Fish material since I rediscovered my interest and have no critisism. However, I accept what I said on the subject of his voice may have been misinterpreted, particularly in the context of how the whole post has clearly been interpreted.
to Conan, thank you but I feel you have judged me in exactly the way you consider I have judged Fish. I am aware of what he’s been through and am no stranger to it. But I’ve no intention of going into my personal details – my prerogative, as you say. However, I have no argument with you have said. And of course I appreciate you are just as entitled to your opinion and judgement, as I am to mine. That said, to open your heart bare for the majority of your life and then withdraw it at a later date can be deemed arrogant to the onlooker, which is something that I am.
However, I’ve also read your second post: “I think she went way beyond fair in what she said, and it became a bit of a character-assassinating, rambling tirade... but I too miss Fish's regular contributions to this site. Yes, I know WHY that is the case, but I can still miss his blogs and posts can't I?” and I think perhaps that’s where I’m coming from. Luckily for you, you know WHY that's the case - unfortunately, I don't. When I first re-found Fish, the first things I read were the blog posts on here and I was fascinated and interested in his life and his experiences. Now it seems to be the odd tid-bit thrown in to keep the piranhas happy.
to Rainbow “Perhaps Sharon will reply” … yes she will. But perhaps not in the timescales you all expected, eh?
to chocolate frog “she'll be telling us the Pope's not cathholic next” – well, perhaps that might not be a bad thing (incidentally, there’s only one H – for Holy – in Catholic – I’m not convinced even one is appropriate).
to rik “for me fish is a 'one off'” I really couldn’t agree with you more. I will continue to listen to his music.
to docbob – “you post on a forum or on facebook and you insist on a reply” – would you care to show me exactly where I’ve
insisted on anything? “respect that Fish is not 24/7/365..... and is obliged to write anything he does'nt want to” … where did I say he didn’t, exactly? I expressed an opinion…. I don’t see the point of inviting people to see your personal details if you want to then expect them to refrain from commenting. That’s my opinion.
to Moston – the voice of reason in my mind.
to mar – thank you for remaining polite.
to Chris D “Is Lady41 an alias for that chap from Portugal who posted on here a few months ago” – no, but you can always live in hope, can’t you?
Anyway, I’m really pleased – and honoured - that some of you found fit to reply to me. As I’m a Newbie, so to speak, I thought, eek, gonna get crucified here and booted off the site! Thank you for your honest and not too damning replies. I’ve read all your posts with much interest. As for me, I'm just a person with passion and opinion and I won't always follow where I'm led. I will not apologise for that. However, I do value your thoughts and replies (apart from the stupid one about me being some bloke from Porgugal, which I will treat with the contempt it deserves
Thank you again.
By the time I've learnt everything I need to know, it'll be too late ...........