Singing Turtle's Second hitRECordiversary

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Its 6:07 PM on a Sunday night. I am in the library and I’ve realized my second hitRECord anniversary is tomorrow. I always have grand ideas of things I could do for these anniversaries but I never quite have the time I’d like to complete them, so a text RECord will have to suffice. As some of you may know, and as Joerud indicated in the #6 record for his hitRECord challenge contributions (thank you again for that Joe) I am in medical school. And as most everyone on this site has another life outside HR, school is my life. Medicine is all I think about at this point.

I didn’t think of myself much of an artist prior to joining, I still don’t I suppose. I overcame my hesitancy in joining because I wanted to communicate with all of you amazing people. For those of you who have read my record from my first hitRECord anniversary, know I crept on the site every so often for many years but was intimidated to join. At the time I learned about the site, I was on a pre-medical rotation in a rural community. This site definitely offered a great outlet during my time off. And it continues to do so.

Though I’ve contributed various works over these past two years, I never, in my wildest dreams, believed that my works would ever be used. A few of my RECords have been remixed over the years (thank you wonderful REmixers).

Anyway, I want to thank all of you. Everyone. This past year was one of the most difficult years in my life. And is the reason for much of my absence. It was a year where I questioned my path in medicine and my value as a person. Five years of work was nearly all for naught and I could have easily walked away without a second thought. It felt as if I had lost the closest person to me all over again. It was a devastating time. I can only thank God for giving me the strength to continue, for my family & friends, and for all of you. :) 

This website has changed in so many ways, its made great strides. But one thing hasn’t changed and its all of you fellow hitRECorders. You all make this community. It isn’t just RegularJoe, albeit Joe created this site with his brother Dan. I do consider them to be the greatest innovators of this site because without them, there would be no hitRECord. I don’t mean to downgrade their status, but when I think of hitRECord, my first thought is everyone on this site. Everyone that I have communicated with since joining. Everyone who pushes the red button at the top of our screens, who contribute, who heart, who leave remarks, who remix. It’s everyone who signs up and dares to leave their mark on hitRECord. Anyone who is brave enough to let the world see a bit of who they are and who realize that even the smallest contributions matter. Without you all, there would be no hitRECord community. Without all of you, there would be no reason for RegularJoe, MattConley, Marke, Jared and the remainder of hitRECord staff to work as hard as they do. And without all of you, there wouldn’t be anyone to come back to whenever any of us have to leave for a bit just as I did. So thank you.

Everyone is a wonderful inspiration, but to site one thing that has motivated me drastically in the past year was Joab Nevo’s song Georgia. Again, if you read last years record of my first hitRECord anniversary you know that Joab’s song motivated me to pick up my violin after years of disuse. And I am happy to say that I am at the point in my practice I feel confident enough to join an orchestra. I nearly did this past month. If it weren’t for an already busy schedule I certainly would have. But it is something I am determined to do come fall and practice I will do. So, thank you to every musical artist. Your music inspires people and provokes people into wanting to make music even if it’s merely to hum along.

Overall, I just want to say that I am honored to be a part of this community and thank you again for another wonderful year. Here is to more! 

Singing Turtle


P.S. If you read this, thank you. I’m sure we all know and have our reasons for why we love this community. So thank you for reading mine. :)

Created: Feb 24, 2014


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