As we get older, we lose the ability to fully recognize the passing of time. Some of us do, at least, and I’m one of them. In other words… it’s been 15 years since HITS launched and it feels like it’s only been three.
I appreciate all the kind words that people have expressed over the years, thanking me for keeping the spirit of Tally Hall alive. The band members themselves have also shown appreciation for the ongoing support, despite 10 years of hiatus. It’s truly been my pleasure to do it. It gives me purpose, you know?
I was also planning on saying: “I hope you enjoyed the little April Fools’ joke yesterday,” despite my tweet saying I wasn’t going to post an April Fools’ prank this year. Because I did pull a small, but clever little prank — but it appears no one caught it! I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a bit disappointed in you guys for not catching it. So… If you missed it, well, too bad. 🙂
When I came out of my medically induced coma in June 2020, I was in a serious state of delirium for a couple weeks. Bad stuff. I could write a book about all the terrible things I thought were truly real and truly happening around me. However, during this time, I also came up with a very elaborate April Fools joke for HITS that I seriously considered taking a few months to prepare for this year. But I’ve not had the time or energy to do it.
It involved members of Tally Hall collaborating with Bob Dylan on an album of Dylan songs but with the TH members being the backing band. I had a specific name for the band, too, which now eludes me. So… I was going to photoshop up a couple promotional shots and even try to mix together a song that had Dylan singing and instrumental versions of Tally Hall playing in the background.
It would have been epic and as convincible as I could make it. But, like I said, I kept being put back into the hospital and my energy level these days is just pretty darn low as I await to be listed for a new heart.
So what kind of anniversary post would this be without a trip down memory lane?
Does anyone out there remember the original HITS website? Before there was a Tally Hallmanac, FAQ, and chat room? But there WAS the HITS Toolbar, The Tally Call Program (where you could submit your phone number into a database that the band could access and call you at any given moment), and people could even get their own custom hiddeninthesand.com email address! If you were around during this time, please comment below. I’d love to hear about your experience and memories! (I’m not actually expecting anyone to comment… hahaha.)
Well, if you’re interested in learning more history about HITS (HITStory?), it’s all on the Tally Hallmanac now. It would be cool if you were curious enough to learn about all the stuff that’s happened over the last 15 years.
I ask myself sometimes how long I’m going to keep this site up. I have contemplated shutting the website down and just being a social media entity, since I barely post any blogs here anymore. But I know how important the Tally Hallmanac is to everyone so I think I’ll keep it going as long as I am alive and can afford the hosting. Who knows, though…
I hope you’ll join me for the ride, however long it is.