05 Dec 2013
December 5, 2013

Early Online Memories: Stefanie Kott

December 5, 2013 0 Comment

For many reasons, I will always be grateful to Stefanie Kott.  Among them is the way she demonstrated the power of “networking” … by bringing me to the attention of TIME magazine, which covered the work I was doing as an early online journalist. (Some day, I hope to publish a remembrance from the article’s writer, himself.)  Stefanie’s passion for online communications was evident to me, from our first correspondences as “strangers” online. – Mike

By Stefanie Kott

Stefanie Kott 1961 - Before becoming a cheerleader for communicating online

Stefanie Kott 1961 – Before becoming a cheerleader for communicating online

It was an alluring black world with a flash of green in the upper-left corner. The green was the cursor on a black PC screen. I had entered EIES (pronounced “eyes”), the Electronic Information Exchange Service, created in the 1970s by Murray Turoff, author of Network Nation and “father of computer conferencing” http://web.njit.edu/~turoff/ .

Behind the black screen was a fascinating world of conferences, or discussions, some of which we could enter, others not, because they were private. I can only liken the phenomenon of EIES to being in rooms without light among people without faces. In those rooms people tossed around ideas, or solutions to problems, or thoughts about things they had in common. There were active people who drew us in, who kept challenging us to keep the conversation going. There were others who responded from time to time, others who just read without writing.  read more →

29 Nov 2013
November 29, 2013

Early Online Memories: Michael King

November 29, 2013 1 Comment

I’m proud to share the recollections of Michael King, with whom I interacted online over three decades ago. He’s not only an accomplished journalist — he’s a gentleman. Mike

By Michael King

Michael King - 1981

Michael King – 1981

I virtually stumbled into the world of online networking. I was looking for part-time work while in school and ended up working for The Source in McLean while being a student in DC. I initially saw “Parti on the Source” (POTS) as a fantastic tool for authors and wanna-be authors like myself to create, curate and solicit criticism of my work.   “Parti” was short for “Participate.”

One thing I loved was that it was truly colorblind. At the time, I was very aware of who I was, as an African-American male, and the sorts of differences I had with so many people.  But since I never spoke about race, it never came up. Back then, I was still a wide-eyed idealist, and nowhere near the joyful cynic I was destined to become in later years.

I reveled in the realization that this online medium was going to become the future of communication and read more →

02 Nov 2013
November 2, 2013

Early Online Memories: Hank Mishkoff

November 2, 2013 0 Comment
Hank Mishkoff

NOTE: I first met Hank in Dallas, in the summer of 1984, when I was covering the Republican National Convention via “interactive computer”.  He was smart and savvy, as he still is today, and I’m grateful for his stepping up to offer the first post in this series.  – Mike

By Hank Mishkoff

I was working for Texas Instruments thirty years ago when they decided to open a chain of what they called “Learning Centers,” which were basically showcases for the TI Home Computer and their other consumer products. The Learning Centers also offered free “workshops” in various aspects of technology. (It’s hard to remember now, but back in 1982 only professionals and hobbyists knew much of anything about the uses of computer technology. TI felt that the general public had to be educated about the subject if they were going to invite computers into their homes.)

One of my assignments was to develop and deliver a course about telecommunications that highlighted uses that might be of interest to consumers. At the time, I was a casual user of The Source and CompuServe, two of the pioneers in consumer online services, but I didn’t know much about them other than that they featured discussion groups that were incredibly useful for making travel plans. For example: read more →

31 Oct 2013
October 31, 2013

“I Will Carry You” Lyrics

October 31, 2013
Chasing the Moon | Paul Guzzone

Chasing the Moon
Paul Guzzone

Writing the words to a song is not dissimilar, in some ways, from writing a speech, presentation, letter or video script for a client.  There’s a desired message and my job is to express it clearly and effectively.

What I’ve enjoyed discovering with “I Will Carry You” is how different the feeling around the message becomes, depending on the style of the music and the artist’s performance that delivers it.

This song has been recorded for the public – by two very different artists: Shara Strand and Paul Guzzone – in Adult Contemporary, Reggae, Live Acoustic and Dance Club styles.  

Its expression of love and loyalty applies not only to relationships between people … but also between people and the animals they love.  Shara and I partnered with the American Humane Association, a wonderful organization with whom we have shared revenues from this song.

 A few people have inquired about the lyrics, so I’m offering them below.

I Will Carry You | Shara Strand

I Will Carry You
Shara Strand

I WILL CARRY YOU © Mike Greenly

I know that life isn’t fair
And there’s a lot you gotta handle
But baby I really care
It hurts to see you this way

Always remember
That you’ve got me
And I’ll be there for you

Yes I will carry you, when your legs are weary
I will lift you up when the water’s high
I will hold you close when the wind is howling
When the road is long, I will carry you home

Verse 2:
So now you know that I’m here
You know that I am in your corner
And I will always be near
Nothing can keep me away

It doesn’t matter
Where or when
Cause baby I’ll be there

Yes I will carry you, when your legs are weary
I will lift you up when the water’s high
I will hold you close when the wind is howling
When the road is long, I will carry you home

Don’t be surprised when you realize
I am always on your side

I will carry you, when your legs are weary
I will lift you up when the water’s high
I will hold you close when the wind is howling
When the road is long, I will carry you home

You are not alone
I will carry you home

28 Sep 2013
September 28, 2013

Another Song Charted on Billboard

September 28, 2013 0 Comment

I am lucky … excited … hopeful.   Tens of thousands of songwriters (conservative estimate) write songs their whole lives and never get “charted” on BILLBOARD.  I’ve just received word that, for the second time in my life, one of my songs has made it onto the list.  (The first was “Get Up” by Kimberly Davis, on the roster for three months, ultimately reaching #12.)

Now it’s “I Will Carry You” which has just popped up onto the Dance Club chart as #46.  It was written with Paul Guzzone, recorded by Shara Strand, published by D1 Music, and remixed by a number of great DJs … including SoulBeats (DJ Tony Smith and composer, Jim Papoulis), DJ Escape, DJ Edson Pride, and others – each with their own concept for the song.  All versions are available on iTunes, amazon, etc.

Of course, I hope the song will go higher, but the fact that it made it anywhere on the chart is a thrill for me.  I gratefully acknowledge the best song promoter in the Dance Club world: Bobby Shaw — truly exceptional at what he does.  It was Bobby’s hard work and belief that was crucial to getting Club DJs across the country to notice the song, try it, and test it out on their dance floors.  Fortunately, the song and Shara’s performance were appealing enough to help get it onto the charts.

Shara will perform the SoulBeats Radio version in Orlando this September, at a conference for the American Humane Association … a wonderful organization that believes in the song and its message – not just between two people who care about each other, but between people and the animals they love (all too often, in need of rescue.)

Here is a video created around the track that Shara will be perform for AHA.  It was directed by Denzel Williams.  I hope you enjoy it!   http://bit.ly/17HdvXs