As far as I knew, I’d never made it onto the DownBeat Readers Poll list for guitar players, …
…until a few days ago, as I was scouring the internet for an instructional article of mine that they published in 2008, when an interesting link appeared. Curiously, I clicked it and was shocked to see my name included among that list of guitarists in the 2015 Readers’ Poll! I had absolutely no idea! That happened four years ago!!
After the shock and then elation subsided, I felt a little guilty that I hadn’t been able to say thank you to all the people who voted for me. So, I sure hope that they read this at some point. It really was an accomplishment that I had made a – that’s never gonna happen – kind of peace with. Honestly, I was honored and happy enough having made the Critics’ Poll 3 times, 2012 – ’14. (Actually I also just learned as well, that I made my 4th appearance on that one in 2017.)
So, to those who voted, thank you so very much! I’m sure I used to dream about this as a teenager, and wonder what it would feel like. A supreme honor just about sums it up. It’s very gratifying to feel recognized and appreciated… and included.