Sunday, November 18, 2012

TIME TO SAY GOODBYE
















This is probably going to be a rambling post so bear with me.

Today is Funky Frolic's 2nd anniversary. It has been an incredible journey filled with many ups and downs but the time has come for me to say farewell and move on. It's not a decision I've made lightly but many of the things that have happened this year have sucked the fun out blogging. The file sharing issues and subsequent flood of re-requests took away the time and desire I had to create new content and I just couldn't muster the dedication that this place requires.

There are so many people I'd like to thank - from my fellow bloggers to all the wonderful people who left comments that would bring a smile to my face, friends and strangers alike. I've been lucky to have a group of supporters who helped make Funky Frolic what it is and it's been a joy to be part of a community of like-minded music lovers. Thank you all so much.

I feel like I've achieved everything I wanted here. The aim was always to celebrate the music I enjoy and bring it to the widest audience possible. I think that over the course of the last two years I've played my part in fostering the appreciation of certain genres amongst people. Around 7 or 8 terabytes of music have been downloaded through Funky Frolic and it's a thrill to know people have listened to albums I've recommended or mixes that I've created. I couldn't have imagined something I created would receive a million pageviews on the internet, let alone almost two million. It's been a wild ride and one I'll never forget.

I will leave the site up in case I have a change of heart and can't stay away or if I have a new project you might be interested in. I'll lock the comments function in a couple of weeks. You can contact me through my Blogger profile if you wish but please refrain from making music requests. I apologise to those who have outstanding re-up requests, I hope you are able to find what you're looking for somewhere else.

Well, I guess that's it. I've had a lot of fun and I hope you have too. As always, stay funky.

Mr.Craig.

74 comments:

Armpit Studios said...

Thanks for all the time and effort you've put into this. I appreciate it. I never would've discovered some of the absolutely incredible music that's out there had it not been for you. I had no idea what library music was a few years ago. Have a good one!

Anonymous said...

Noooooooooo!
Hope you decide to come back at some point!

litlgrey said...

I've always been able to find something on your blog I didn't know about before... stuff on the Freestyle Records label for example.
So thank you, and be well wherever the fates carry you.

Jakub Kubica said...

Thanks for your hard work, I really appreciate it.

Anonymous said...

Thank you and bon chance!

Good luck in whatever you do in the future.

DOOMSTERJOHN said...

BIG THANKS !!!!!!!!!

Craftypants Carol said...

Thank you for everything Mr. Craig!! I already told you a while back that you were my intro to library music and I cannot thank you enough for that! That and all the great sextastic stuff you posted have made me smile more times then I can count.

I wish you the best in whatever you move on to!

xoxo

Carol

DonHo57 said...

Thank you for all the fun and great music you have served up for us. I'm sorry to see you go, even if for a 'vacation' of sorts, but it's quite easy to understand how and why you feel the way you do. Just know I have never been disappointed by anything I have found here, and sincerely appreciate what an accomplishment it is and has been. Bon chance, cheers, and always the best for you!!!

Easywind said...

Good Bye Mr. Craig & Funky Frolic!

I loved Funky Frolic & learned very much about music in general just because of Your great blog! Thank You so much! I will miss it & wish You will not leave ... all the best for You!

Easywind

Américo said...

Thanks Mr. Craig. I appreciate everything, every post. You've really had a tough work to gaher every vinyl to this blog. We'll miss it. You helped me to know what Library Music is, mainly by the Bruton Music and KPM albuns. Now they're a part of our daily listening. You're like a professor. That's it!

So thank you and the best wishes from Brazil.

gilhodges said...

You've had a brilliant run. Thanks for sticking with it through all the annoyances. You carved out a beautiful niche and just kept slamming it. I'm grateful for all you've shared.

Mr. Primate said...

Farewell and thanks for the support!

Kropotkin said...

Gonna miss you. Thanks for all the shares and introduction to some truly outstanding music

Anonymous said...

Where will I get my Bruton fix now? Thanks for 2 years of great uploads.

Stephen

Jake Sniper said...

Big Thanks, but what a shame i only discovered your blog in the last few months. As a big library music fan you've put some excelent music my way. All the best & hope you come back in the future

Anonymous said...

What a great loss !!!
Hope you'll really have a change of heart, the world needs blogs like this more than ever...
Thank you by the way, for all you've been doing.
I will stay funky, even if with a little bit more of sadness, damn...
Big big Thanks again Mr. Craig

Anonymous said...

sorta sad to read this. You were my go to guy when i needed a dose of music I had never heard before. Thank you for all your efforts.

MrDave said...

ah man -- sorry to hear you're blogged out. I got to hear a lot of great music I never would have had the chance to because of your generosity and hard work. Best of luck to you!

So long and thanks for the fish!!
MrDave

Brian said...

Bugger to see you go! We'll miss the fab tunes you've posted on here.
All the best to ya mate!

Cheers

Earwormed said...

I've been lurking, feeding and rejoicing from your blog since I've discovered it, which is a while back.

Cannot thank you enough for making my days so much better and helping get in groove with myself by tuning in to those wonderful sounds you uploaded.

Yeah, there seems to be little freedom in today's exchange of ideas and things that make us who we are.
We used to buy albums, spread the word, leave em at a friend's house, they'd copy it, love it or hate it, buy the 8-track, buy the tape, the vinyl anyway.
We owned things, not vapid bits and numbers on some suit's papers.

Eh, I digress.

The spirit of grooviness lives on, even if number-crunchers would have us Top Ten'ed within an inch of our sanity.

Burn your radio.

Download the future.

Live on, Brother.

radioman said...

Sorry you're calling it a day. But understandable after all the fire-sharing trouble. Maybe one early morning, when you find an urge to post something irresistable - you won't resist. Until then, ciao and thanks again.

Erica said...

What a shame. This was my favorite blog too. Ah well. It was a fun ride while it lasted. Thanks for putting your best effort into this blog. We hope you return with a new project someday Mr. Craig.

Charlie said...

Another great blog bites the dust...thanks for the memories!

Afrored said...

Thank you so much for the time and dedication you have put into spreading the gospel of groove. You will be truly missed. I also didn't know of the genre of library music until I came across your board. You have giving me hours of enjoyment and allowed me to turn others on as well. T wish you peace, love and success in whatever you do in the future. It has been a pleasure visiting your digital home every week. God bless.

retronic said...

Great run, Craig. Brilliant to see a new load of music lovers discovering library music. I wish there was a solely library message forum as I miss the chat and information sharing. Much mileage in it do you reckon?

Charlie said...

Sorry to hear you are leaving. But I understand the main thing is personal enjoyment. If it's no longer fun, then it's time to shut down.

Thank you for many snngs that I would have never heard.

CBlack said...

Many, many thanks, FF. Along with Retro-teque and Budd Schifrin, your site had some of the best comps and other posts on the web. The golden days of weekly, even daily new material may be gone now, but I, like everybody else here, am grateful for all that you have shared. Best wishes.

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much, you´re fucking great!. Muchas gracias, eres el puto amo!.

[(Sub)] said...

FF was a great place,
thanks for all yoor digg & share Mr Craig !

Hopper aka rcwinkly said...

Many thanks for the knowledge, goodies, and continued educational experience...

Anonymous said...

Sad news... you will be missed! Good luck to you in all your future endeavours, and thank you for your generosity.

nidostar said...

Sorry to see you go. But I can understand the reason for your decision. FF is a brilliant site which not only gave me the opportunity to hear some music which would otherwise pass me by but also provided excellent background notes to the albums. Thank you for all your hard work. Have a great summer!

Anonymous said...

Thank you very very much!! You really helped to spread the music all over this world and I hope you have all the luck in your new journey, please let us know about your next project. Muito obrigado Thank you. Kito

drlaim said...

A simple thanks for sharing your music and contributing to my musical knowledge. It's been heavy on the bank balance, seeking and buying specific albums and tracks, be it on original/re-issue vinyl or CD, but it's be worth every penny... All the best...

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for everything. I just discovered your blog a couple of months ago, and was thrilled with all of the music that you offered. It's a lot of work, I know, and really only worth it when you're having fun. Hopefully we'll hear from you again, but if not, please know that you've made a lot of people very happy :)

briviba-41 said...

Thank you very much and Good Luck!

Majus said...

Craig, thank you for the music (apologies to ABBA). Yours was one of a handful of blogs I checked on a daily basis to be surprised. You will be missed. Best of luck in future endeavors, and always remember wherever you go, there you are.

Anonymous said...

Sniff ... i'm really sad...
ayeaordThank you for your wonderful work !!!

timber said...

Im sorry you've come to this point. I can only imagine the frustration that came with this. I thank you for your time and dedication to this. I owe you so much for exposing me to Library catalogs I wasn't hip to in addition to artists.

retronic said...

Re- a Library Music Forum. I've set up a simple one to see if there's any go in it:

http://librarymusicthemes.boardhost.com/index.php

Hop over and post.

Anonymous said...

it was a great time, the best wishes for your future!!!

Joe said...

The music has made my mind and my heart melt.
It has served as key ingredients for samples and just inspiration in general. I don't think a simple thank you will suffice, but for now it will have to.
If anything this will motivate me to seek out the actual records, as I am a digital digger they say.
Funky frolic the and forever funky mr craig will continue to resonate in my head and in my music.

peace

Anonymous said...

much thanks love

Anonymous said...

Sad news, thanks for some great tunes and hope to see you back someday. You and The Crime Lounge have have been my regular suppliers of grooviness, you will be missed.
Good luck with all future endeavours.

PS

Pablo Puente Larios said...

Eres el mejor, mil gracias

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much for all your efforts with the blog. I learned a lot with it, and will remain one of my favorite places on the internet.
Best wishes.
Gracias y saludos

Arturo Terraza

Edfray said...

Thanks for the blog. I have visited it regularly for years with enjoyment.

Edfray

notverypretymusic.blogspot.com

Unknown said...

Quit while you're ahead - I like that. Selfishly this saddens me, but it also gives all of us time to sit back and actually give repeated close listens to the great stuff you've shared over the years. thank you.

blunderspublik said...

Er...that last comment was mine.

Moniak said...

Many thanks for all!!
I already miss you!!

Anonymous said...

Mr. Craig, thanks for sharing your love of music with others. Pop culture has its pockets of historical curiosity and funky personality; and you spotlighted a large chunk that most of us would not have otherwise known about. In that way, you are a researcher, filter of knowledge and friend to many anonymous like-minded people. Until we meet again, Cheers!

aceha1 said...

Man, I am super-sorry to hear that man.. Thank you for everything you have done to this point, my life has been made more enjoyable listening to the music you have posted here. Good luck in all your endeavors going forward!

Ben said...

Feel devastated. Thanks for the funky moments. There have been plenty.

Anonymous said...

Just discovered your blog. I have a few library music albums and love 'em.

Sorry to hear about the discontinuation of material but hope the site remains live so I can experience more fun music!

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU for sharing, time and effort, much appreciated, godluck and goodspeed

tomcrashkick said...

I will say the next section in all caps to emphasis how much Funky Frolic has influenced me.

I FUCKING LOVE(D) THIS PAGE. YOU SINGLE-HANDED, WERE A PERSONAL COLLEGE EDUCATION OF LIBRARY, BEDS AND SOUNDTRACKS, ETC ETC ETC. THE INTERNET WORMHOLE I FOUND THROUGH YOU IS ONE OF MY MOST PRIZED EXPERIENCES OF THE 21ST CENTURY THUS FAR! I VIRTUALLY DEDICATE THE M.A.S.H. THEME BY AHMAD JAMAL IN YOUR HONOR THANK YOU!!!

Most Sincere Thanks,
David a.k.a. Tomcrashkick

Anonymous said...

Sadness - thank you for enlighting me about music I knew existed but didn't, (if that makes any sense - lol). Seriously, I really appreciate what you have done. I love the chill out of much of this music, as well as the talent and professionalism. It has "hit the spot" so to say, and makes me feel more whole as a person. Thank you sincerly, and good luck to you.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for all your hard work!
I've discovered some great music through your beatiful blog, Mr Craig!!

Greetings from Greece!
I wish you all the best!!
V.

Unknown said...

Thank you Mr. Craig for all your incredible work! a lovely, fun blog with great design. Sad to see you leave but I certainly understand all the incredible work it takes, so appreciate all you've done. Best.

historyglass said...

Everything you have done with Funky Frolic has been so much appreciated in every corner of the world and you have opened our ears to so much good music.
It's never goodbye, only onward and forward.
With love from the Big Apple!

PaulC. said...

All I can say is a big THANK YOU.
This is/was a genuinely interesting blog in a forest of mediocrity.

Anonymous said...

Thanx for everythink Mr.Craig

DJ_TLI said...

I don't know you well but I must say your efforts have been greatly appreciated! you helped me get out of a horrible writing wall with all the wild and fresh funky tracks. Much respect to you. Best of luck for your future and thanks for taking your time to help a Web digger like me.

Peace

DJ TLI Deep Theory

Anonymous said...

Just thanks a lot for all this work you've shared.

keep goin'

peace

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the sharing the great music with us.

Z. said...

I understand, and I just want to say thanks one last time. This blog, with many others, was a permanent source of inspiration and discovery. Move on with no regrets. Ciao.

Anonymous said...

i loved this blog! thanks for everything

Tex said...

Your site was my first Library Blog, Mr.C, and I shall ALWAYS be grateful for all the wonders you introduced me to.

Funky Frolic, and the ones I discovered afterwards, helped to keep me sane in a "year of hell" while I was, pretty much, house-bound due to my Mom's declining health and her need for constant care.

The Library will be a lot quieter without your voice in it.

Take care, Bro!

Tex
(glad I could get you that missing Sweeney track)

kamibob said...

I discover your blog last week. Thanks for your job.
It's always sad when a passionate man closes his blog.

Erica said...

I just wanted to say Happy Holidays! Here is you gift for the season:

http://depositfiles.com/files/q7rnwtl5v?redirect

kosmikino said...

It has been a sad year for library freaks with the departure of Retro-teque and now Funky Frolic but having followed the ups and downs on many music blogs and most of them seem to have a natural cycle, one that has been speeded up by the file-sharing sites that have either shut-down, deleted accounts or come up with user-friendly ideas like Rapidshare's recent "public traffic exhausted" outrage.

I think there comes a point like Mr Craig says, when at least 8 out of ten comments are for reposts and at least one more is an album request, that you begin to feel the fun has gone out of it.

Anyway, I just wanted to thank you so much for your hard work, dedication and I am pretty sure that somewhere down the line, Mr Craig will appear again in a new guise!

You, Sir, have been a star!

Kosmikino AKA The Saucer People

Fence Wilson said...

"Thanks for the music" - me & ABBA

Timothy Ready said...

I've had more fun- and found more incredibly funky music- here than maybe any other music blog on the entire Interwebs. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR TREMENDOUS EFFORT AND SHARING THIS AWESOME MUSIC!!! I love your taste, and I hope to always have your work on a hard drive somewhere. Cheers, - TKR

Anonymous said...

thanks for this grrreat music!!