Back in 1983, Peter Gabriel released his “Plays Live” double album and as an avid fan, I bought it and spent hours poring over the liner notes. Actually, what I mostly remember about those notes was how he cheekily copped to ‘cheating’; the majority of the tracks featured overdubs and other sonic clean up and tightening work he performed later in a studio. So while it was an audio record of his live performances, they were dolled up a bit to make them slightly more presentable.
I think that’s entirely reasonable. I’m wrapping up a wonderful two-week Wisconsin vacation by traveling to Minneapolis this morning to make a presentation on social networking. As part of that, I pulled together an e-Booklet called “Collected Thinking” which assembles twenty representative posts from this blog. As I edited them, I did a good deal of revising and rewriting, reordering and reconfiguring. Hopefully, the result is more coherence and focus. Of course, if you’d prefer, you can take the opposing view and say I cheated. I won’t hold that against anybody.