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One Of My Biggest Regrets

Posted by blamethebanjo on Sunday, August 30, 2015

My early days in the Hangout were filled with my poor choices and stupid comments. I was always antagonistic and angry. Of all of the improper and hurtful remarks

that I once again apologize for, and of the most ignorant and regretful things I did was being drawn into attacking Mr. Greg Rich and his remarkable work with Recording King.

Greg is a wonderful man who deserves admiration and respect. It is a testament to his kindness that he still speaks to me. It is a shame that I live with to this day that I made

comments that were unsubstantiated and false causing people to be upset with me. It is for this reason that I left The Hangout for a long time and even lost interest in the banjo.


So again I beg forgiveness from anyone and everyone who I upset but especially I apologize again to Greg. He will never know how bad I have felt all this time

for doing what I did. So Mr. Greg, if you are seeing this at some point God bless and keep you and yours and I wish you continued success in all you do. You are  a

great man and genius in my opinion and people way more important than me think so too.                  Darrell.

7 comments on “One Of My Biggest Regrets”

rinemb Says:
Sunday, August 30, 2015 @2:21:21 PM

Well, Darrell, I agree you made some pretty dicey comments back then. But I always enjoyed hanging around and hope you stay. Brad

blamethebanjo Says:
Sunday, August 30, 2015 @5:50:16 PM

Brad, I think that I didn't want to admit that I felt I didn't deserve the hand I was dealt and I lashed out at everyone.
The truth is everyone has things about their lives that don't seem fair. The truth is sometimes if you wait long enough and hold on it sometimes gets better.
Thanks Brad.

Ks_5-picker Says:
Sunday, August 30, 2015 @6:35:29 PM

Didn't you go through a bout with cancer? That can sure change a man's outlook on things. Apologies are always (mostly) accepted on the hangout.

blamethebanjo Says:
Sunday, August 30, 2015 @7:14:57 PM

Yes. I have been in remission for ten years. The cancer left more than just scars behind
but I am thankful to still be here with you.

stanger Says:
Monday, May 2, 2016 @1:31:02 PM

Congratulations, Darryl!
You have full respect from me, for sure. It takes a good strong man to admit his mistakes. I'm really glad you are doing so well now. You're right- cancer sure causes a person's anger to rise up. I've seen it several times, in some of the most good-hearted folks I know. The treatments mess with a person's brain, and sometimes anger is the only tool left- for sure, if it was going to take you, you would go down fighting.

blamethebanjo Says:
Monday, May 2, 2016 @6:56:13 PM

Thanks Stanger. My life has been a strange mix of hills and valleys like all of us. Since writing this Mr. Rich and I have become such good friends
and I am amazed at his kindness toward me. I admit to him and the world I was stupid and saying things I had no idea about. But out of my stupidity
the best part of the human experience sprang up. The power of forgiveness and friendship. In my little office I have two photos framed and hung. One id larry Perkins
displaying a figure i made for him and one of Greg Rich posing with one I made for him. For a hard up old Kentucky boy that is pure gold. Two better men never lived than those two.

blamethebanjo Says:
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 @7:22:19 AM

I am happy to report some wonderful news in regard to the subject of this letter. I haven't been around here much for a long time but in that time Mr. Greg Rich and I have become good friends. He one of the most kind hearted people you'll meet and Larry Perkins and Greg will always top my list of banjo heroes. I love those two like family and I don't deserve the kindness they have shown me but they touched my heart and made a big difference in my life. God bless them and all of you here.

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