Vidas: Welcome James, to episode 484 of Secrets of Organ Playing Podcast! I'm very excited to be able to talk with you and we talked for another episode in the past about your 12 recitals in 12 months. That was a big adventure you were sharing at that time. And I know many things have changed since that time over the couple of years. So can you tell us a little bit more about what you are doing and what is your current situation?
James: Yes, so after those 12 recitals I was pretty tired so then the following year I didn't sign myself up for that many recitals but I staged the recital series. They picked up with interest and other performers wanted to play as well so that took a lot of pressure of it. I've always been a subscriber to your email list and I like to read about podcasts, I follow you on Facebook, all those social things and for some reason about 6 months ago I stopped seeing your posts on Facebook. And I was concerned where have you gone, what happened? Anyway, during one week I saw an email about Secrets of Organ Playing Contest and thought, "That's interesting..." I followed you for the first several weeks to see what the standard was like and whether it was doable or appropriate for me to enter. I think it was Week 7 when I joined and since then I've been hooked and you led me into this social blockchain called Steem and I can't stop recording myself. And that's where I am today.
V. Yeah, I should've introduced you more formally probably. James Flores is our guest today and he is a man of many things now, not only an organist in Albury, New South Wales, Australia. But he is also an IT magician as I can testify myself and also very interested in all kinds of technological developments, new technologies which can revolutionize the world potentially and make many changes for musicians, for example, for organists. So since that last time we've been chatting with James over social media platform called Steem and I have this opportunity to do these Secrets of Organ Playing Contests every week. And James has been a constant, diligent and faithful participant every week, week after week and has been recording even more than it is required. He publishes a lot of his other posts and creative ideas online and also shares his other videos not related to the contest itself. So I've seen his work over this year and a half so much on Steem that he's become like a team member to me, really. We've been chatting every day about all kinds of things, about organ-related things, about Steem-related things so it's wonderful. Thank you so much, James for being a part of this community, I'm really grateful to you!
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