I normally don't do this sort of thing, but I feel compelled to point out that a comment placed by me this morning on Marc Myers' JazzWax blog has been deleted by him for reasons that I find disturbing. I'll let you be the judge and I hope to see your comments here. Stomp Off is a blog where only blatant spam or something outright odious is removed (so far it has only been spam)—so, to stifle a comment because the truth might not sit well with some people is, imho, wrong. Anyone who has given my blog more than a cursory look knows that I don't mince my words—one reaps what one sows and should not be shocked when the occasional weed is pulled and waved in the air. Many negative things have been said of me over the years and I only react if they are untrue and need to be corrected. Tell a truth about me and I let it be.
The blog post in question is devoted to Dick LaPalm, whom I had truly never before heard of. Click on his name and check it out, then read my banished comment:
While this guy is right about the importance/influence of many who are on his lists, he obviously is not as "hip" as he would want us to believe. Sid Mark (WHAT), for example, had very limited knowledge of jazz beyond what he read in liner notes, and he was virtually ignorant of its history.
When I asked him why he never played Fats Navarro's records, he said that we weren't "getting his new stuff." Fats had been dead for some time. Sid's thing was and remains Frank Sinatra.
BTW, Joel Dorn replaced me when I moved to New York. WHAT-FM played jazz 24/7 and may have been the country's first all-jazz station, but I don't recall ever hearing Dick LaPalm's name while working there, nor—for that matter—at WCAU. We had a group of promoters/distributors who regularly dropped by, but not this guy.
Sounds like there's some self-puffery going on here.
Make that supported self-puffery. Well, at least Marc had the decency to e-mail me an explanation (see below). I appreciate that, but it does not change the way I feel about his decision. Sometimes the truth is a bit uncomfortable—we all know that—but I find this kind of mother-knows-best attitude to be far more discomfiting. I wonder if that explains why Stomp Off has never been on Marc's blog list. JazzWax has been linked to here ever since I first discovered what I still think is a well crafted, informative jazz site. If only it were more aboveboard.
Read Marc's e-mail to me and let's hear what you think.
I pulled your comment and wanted to let you know why as a courtesy. As
you know, I generally allow pretty much anything and everything but draw
the line when I feel that comments are a tad harsh.
Dick LaPalm's credentials are well known in the industry.
He may not be your cup of tea, or you may find that his list isn't as
authoritative or as complete as you wish. But I kind of like to keep
comments on a friendly level, so readers feel comfortable participating
and feeling that it's a safe town center. I know this is a little different from the free-for-all at many sites, but it's just a thing for me.
Not so cool.