Capn. Willard and His Wormholes.

My title isn’t the name of a band, although it ought to be.

Read on …

Music not heard by others is like a caged bird without a song (Doyscoy)

There was a time when a limited number of paper-based publications offered detailed reviews of books and music, both studio produced and concerts. Personal connections were strengthened  through browsing each other’s book shelves and record collections and recognising mutual interests.

That time was before the advent of the internet some twenty years ago, a development which reduced information to ephemeral bytes and pixels. A dozen years ago blogs introduced the welcome notion of self-publishing, and Jakartass rose to some prominence with main media interviews and a book commission. However the hoped for coherence I offered was soon to be diminished with the instantaneous reactive ‘social media’ of Mugshots, Birdysong, Wotsupdoc, etc, when ‘Likes’ became a measure of self-value rather than a genuine inter-action with realtime personal ‘let’s have a pint together’ communication.

In 2013, broadband connectivity finally reached Jakartass Towers, and I watched YouTube for the first time. I discovered that in other countries there was a wide number of blogs which focussed on music and offered album downloads and I realised that most of my three long-lost record collections could be replaced in digital format. Those downloads became a welcome addition to the few CDs I’d been able to find in local shops.

There was also the bonus of being able to add to my knowledge of music which had originally passed me by in physical form, probably because of greater budgetary needs.

A major source, a haven, was Willard’s Wormholes which became a morning must visit site. The Captain’s wealth of knowledge about so many major and minor artists added immeasurably to mine.

Of greater importance, however was the sense of ‘family’ the site offered, a community of seekers as well as givers. Much is made of the heinous pirating of music, but so much of the music he highlighted was not commercially available.

Above all, there were the Reader’s Links pages where community members became identifiable through their uploads. We were polite, said “please” when asking if anyone, by any chance, had ‘ABC by XYZ’, and “thanks’ for the shares.

[Download this pdf file of my Readers’ Shares (2nd edition): many of the links are still ‘live’]

And this is how we feel about Willard’s retirement from the fray.

Doyscoy: Willard sent me an e-mail about two weeks ago saying it was his 10th anniversary of running his blogs, and he had a great run, but it was time to go. He didn’t want any fuss about it, so he quietly turned off the lights little by little. All good things come to an end. I wish Willard the best in his next life.

The end of Willard’s Wormholes reminds me that life is short. Share music as often as possible.

VSOP: Willard set the standard for music blogs… however, he’s not dead… thanks Will, rest up and maybe the itch will return…

Paviatomsk: Willard’s site was a haven for music lovers everywhere, intelligent , insightful and informative. Thanks for everything Willard!

Cdevinemastermind: Willard’s knowledge of music, his writing and reviews were a huge value add. I will certainly miss that.

Tony C: Much respect, Willard and all of you for all that do and have done for the rest of us

SquareTomato: I also want to express my appreciation to Willard, and the folks who contributed to his site. We can’t say thank you enough.

Heartsofstone: Willard had an incredible run. I hope that he reads how appreciative so many are of all of the hard work all these years.

Slipperman: I wish Willard good luck in the future and want to thank him for all his hard work.

JimGahanna: I wish Willard all the happiness that he has provided me in discovering music.

Moleman: Many thanks Willard for turning me on to so much great music. I wish you every future happiness.

Aoxomoxoa7: Wave goodbye to the great blog of Willard & his excellent music – Happy Trails & maybe see you in the future, cheers

Allegria: Too sad that Willard’s blog is gone. I can’t believe that his rich source of great and often rare music (incl. reader’s links) maybe never returns.

Indiana Scott: Like everyone else here, I am missing Willard, not necessarily for his music but his insight he brought to that music. Remember the Wormholes! My hat’s off to you Willard, sir.

Rico Reed: Willard, You were a friend I never met. Thanks and enjoy time off. Hope to hear from you again. Maybe The Willard Holiday Special?

Phillydog: Grateful thanx to Willard for everything, ever. 😦

Mrsdimsworthy: The world is a little drabber without his wonderful blog but bless him for his efforts which enriched so many of us!

SteveShark: So sorry to see Willard gone. As an occasional uploader, it was a fine, sharing place.

Jeff Gee: A lot of great music I wouldn’t have known about if not for Willard. Best of luck, Cap.

Herbal T: Respect to Willard. Thanks for turning me on to so many great tunes.

Milner: Thanks, Willard. Turned me on to a lot of tunes and always had a great atmosphere

Rodderz: Thanks Willard for all the great sounds. We’ll all miss you. A lot of us are getting to that age now. Best to you and yours!

BTLFAN: Wanted to express my gratitude for Willard’s site. So sorry to see it gone, but hopefully he’ll show up again sometime!

Slidewell: More than a music blog, Willard’s was a virtual library, where exploring new sounds (as well as turgid sci-fi flix) was an adventure! Best wishes to you, W. There’s now a gaping (worm)hole on the web that will be legendary.

Pr: Fondest Wishes and Thanks to Willard and all his posters; he definitely enriched my life.
Free Wormholes for all !

JimmyTheExploder: Wishing all the best to Willard. What a spectacular site. Helped my musical knowledge immensely.

PhotoHop: R.I.P Capt. Willard and his Wormholes. A lost treasure indeed!

Loopy: Willard’s posts for the last 10 years STILL had working links; that’s how good it was. Not to mention his Readers Links, which had thousands of working links too. He nurtured his blog like a bonzai tree.

Oskie: Thank you Willard for music I grew up with. Music I missed while growing up and music that put many smiles on my face, as well as my wife and friends. You’re a gem! Thank you and may good vibes always be with you.

Hungry Pirate: Willard helped me complete my Warner/Reprise Loss Leader collection. I will miss him.

Rolster: I also would like to give big thanks to Willard for all the wonderful shares throughout the years.

Dmac2120: Just wanted to say a big thanks to Captain Willard for giving the gift of discovering new music. Words can’t really explain the joy from trawling through his pages. I wish you well

Geraldoz: I too want to say many thanks to Capt. Willard for so many years of good music. i will miss you, your commentaries and your blog. May you sail the 7 seas in comfort and happiness.

Doctoronsen: Thanks Cpt. Willard. What a huge source of background knowledge and insight your blog was. All the best!

Julien: See you soon Captain Willard. Merci pour tout.

Sun Ira: Add me those appreciating the time spent with Willard and mourning the blog’s passing. Thank you Willard. My brain and music collection are better for the encounter. Sail on!

Mmclm: Thanks to Willard, just wish I’d had time to get all the MOJO downloads.

Ffurrball: Adding my “aloha” to the great Cap’n Willard, and wishing him smooth sailing… wherever he goes.

FrankZappelin: If I may add my voice to the throngs missing Willard’s, I’d like to say thank you for such a great site. I was thrilled to find it, enriched by it, and will miss his good taste, great info, and everything about his site. Best of luck to you, sir, thanks for so many years of great music.

3-Pin: My thanks also to Willard for the great insights and information he brought to the site. I found music there I wouldn’t see or hear anywhere except while living in my past. You will be missed.

I Alone Am Best: Many thanks and happy trails to Willard from me, too!

Supersonic75: Willard, thanks for an insane amount of wonderfully curated music, great and informative writing, and for corresponding back and forth. I hadn’t been on the site in a while but continue to enjoy all of the great things I found on there over the years. Thanks so much again!

Caffeineoverdose: Big shout-out and thankx to Willard for his generosity and for your perseverence to have lasted that long. Whichever paths that you’re taking, i hope it goes well for you.

Andyman71: Like many others here, very sad and bummed out about Willards blog closing. Thank you Willard for sharrng all that great music that I would’ve never ordinarily seen and checked out !! Happy trails up the river and as always, never get out of the boat !

Snarf: …been trying to think of what to say. It comes down to Thanks For It All, Williard. I hope you are well and your new boat sails peacefully…and (selfishly) may sail here again someday.

Ian W: I just wanted to add my appreciation to those already expressed – Many Many Thanks Willard for going way beyond the call of duty! We will miss you

Transatlantic: Very sorry to hear about Willard’s retirement of the site(s). Learned about so much from him and those generous sharers. Kudos to the Cap’n for keeping on for years.

Oskie: Thank you Willard for music I grew up with. Music I missed while growing up and music that put many smiles on my face, as well as my wife and friends. You’re a gem! Thank you and may good vibes always be with you.

A true understatement from DJ Daddy Kool
I wonder how, given I am a huge music junkie, that I have never heard of this Willard blog. I guess from all the feedback I missed a good one.

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77 comments on “Capn. Willard and His Wormholes.

  1. Thank you, thank you , thank you, Willard! You will be sorely missed, as will the musical education you provided (and the B-movies). Best of luck in all you do!

  2. Dear Willard, you were a benchmark! First thing in the morning, after start-up, was a visit at your fantastic place of music storage for years going on! Hard to accept we have to do without that now.
    But I do respect your decision to pull the plug knowing how much work was involved to keep everything running well.
    Always there to check the uploads @ readers pages, checking the mailbox, filling up holes in visitors record collection, thank you so much for that!
    As an occasional uploader I always enjoyed the reactions and ‘thank you’s’, I will dearly miss all of this!
    Now please enjoy your free time, you obviously will have, to spend with family, friends and so on…
    Somehow I got the feeling we’ll hear from you again, sometime, somewhere….
    Sayonara captain!

  3. Willard, I wish you well in the days ahead. Your blog was mind boggling in it’s scope. I learned a lot, but mostly just enjoyed your point of view. You were frequently working through one hassle or another. So many other blogs fell, but you had the magic touch. I’m sad you’re gone, but well done.

  4. Thanks for all the great shares Willard, it was an absolute pleasure on my part to inhabit your world.

    Thanks for everything.

  5. i could write ditto to all of the above ,and as yet below, but aside from the actual music (did the builders of hard drives have shares in him because they must owe him) the site was glorious for info alone.

  6. Had I only known how briefly, but brightly, your candle would burn, I’d’ve spent even more time wallowing delightedly at your site. Which was probably not possible. All the best to you, Willard, and a thousand thanks!

  7. My go-to site for great music and intelligence in a world of banal noise and cretinous comment. Thanks Willard for your dedication, infinite good taste, humour and all the fantastic music that I might never have heard were it not for you. The internet just got smaller. Good luck wherever you go next mate!

  8. I cannot believe how much I learned about music from Willard. His stories of discovering a new artist were my personal favorites. Willard was a true genius in his knowledge of music. The way he shared it with us, out of the goodness of his heart, says a lot about him. Thank you for your service, Captain!

  9. The site was extraordinary. I visited it pretty much daily and I miss it. Willard and his many contributors expanded my music knowledge and tastes enormously. A big ‘thank you Willard’ and I hope life is going well for you.

  10. Now I am retired ,but for years during my work at CBS news, I would dip into the vast Willard Well. I came looking today for his great Harry Nilsson page. Does it still exist? Captain?

    John.

    I know the good Captain is aware of this page, but I doubt that he will answer you, John.
    Also, as
    this site shows, Willards Wormholes are no more.

    Alas.

    J

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