I’m posing with my newest toy – I’ve worked at a guitar shop since 2006 but have only now been able to take home a beautiful, prized possession: a Martin SWDGT with a Fishman pickup that I installed. I’m standing next to a painting that I did recently that was inspired by a song by John Wesley (the one who plays for Porcupine Tree) that I have decided to put on the cover of the album I’m currently recording.
I am scheduling this post to go up on June 28th, 2011, which is exactly three years and a day after the very first post of Linescratchers went up. I have told a little bit of my story to my contributors, and one of them mentioned that it might be interesting and useful to tell the story so far to our readership. Some of you have only recently discovered Linescratchers. Just a few of you – and you know who you are – have been with me since the very beginning. Our contributor Charles has eloquently explained why keeping records is important, so in that spirit, I’d like to tell you the story of Linescratchers from the beginning, complete with the controversial and the embarrassing details that make these things bearable to read. Hopefully it will give you an idea of what Linescratchers is for, why I started it, and where I want it to go in the future. Please forgive the long exposition on myself, but it should give you some context. Continue reading “Arthur Hatton: Reflections on three years of Linescratchers”