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by Tony Scaltz

Dear Fret Buzzards,

As many of you are aware, I have been absent from our latest episodes. Let me say that while those closest to me know that I am one of the most private and guarded individuals on earth, I will share with you all that I have been away largely due to personal reasons. In no way does my absence reflect professional or creative conflicts with my Fret Buzz compadres; on the contrary, I have nothing but admiration, respect, and awe for the knowledge and insights Aaron and Joe bring weekly, and just like you I am excited to see what the future brings not just for the show, but for their growth as teachers and artists.

As for me, this is now a time for healing and introspection. I firmly believe that life itself is a form of grand artistry, and our time on this planet is merely a movement of that work. Personally, I have come to dislike the cliche metaphor of our lives being chapters in a book, so instead I’d like to think of it more like the turning of a page to something never read before. I’m not sure what’s coming next for me, but I guess that the unknown is the only true north.

Alas, don’t fret for me my dear listeners. In his Sonnet # 60, Shakespeare knew that even though time itself would remove his body from this life, his words would become immortal, existing through the centuries for endless readers. As a writer, I could only hope for a sliver of that power and influence. Please know that as I turn my own page, I will continue to reach you through my words, in the form of my blog, upcoming Fret Buzz publications, essay work, original fiction, poetry, and anything else my brain spews out in written form.

I want to thank all of you for your support and dedication to Fret Buzz. I had a wonderful time being part of your weekly listening experience, and I know that it is due to you, being an exemplary podcast audience, that musical knowledge and innovation will continue to spread beyond mere entertainment into the realm of art.

Just as it was meant to be.

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