Brent Ryan

The Category: Musical Inspiration

Three Bands I Love (that you might not have guessed)

Posted on April 9, 2019 in history, music, Musical Inspiration, Opinions

Alright, so I've been filling up my page with all of these heavy-handed articles on the music business, revealing to all of you the vast reaches of my critical nature.  So, let's have a little fun.  Read More

Rethinking Fame & Glory- Is it a Good Goal?

Posted on February 28, 2019 in music, Music Business, Musical Inspiration, Opinions, Updates

I'm going to share with you guys a major pet-peeve of mine in the songwriting world. Here is the basic structure of the annoyance: Roger Rockstar begins a music career. Roger posts all over social media and proves that he is an ambitious "in-it-to-win-it super serious musician". Mr. Rockstar talks about chasing his dreams, craves international fame and glory. Roger achieves a small corner of that goal, gets picked up by a good management company or label, and gets sent on tour. The following year Roger Rockstar releases a new record, and it is chalked full of songs of him whining and complaining about how hard it is on the road and how much he misses home. Read More

Access Granted (Part 2 of a little historical perspective on Country Music)

Posted on January 29, 2019 in history, music, Music Business, Musical Events, Musical Inspiration, Opinions, Updates

The satisfaction of getting your music heard is easier and more accessible than ever.  Labels used to be the only avenue for mass distribution. One reason why so many musicians are broke is because they are shooting for mass distribution without a label, and that takes an office of people who light up cigars rolled in 100-dollar bills and laugh villainous laughs at you crazy hard-working types.  So, maybe don't think about mass distribution. Maybe think about how you can get 100 people in your town to come out for a show. Maybe think about how you can use live streaming to be a part of people's weekly lives in a meaningful way. Maybe work on the craft of writing songs that folks will keep coming back to when they need those sounds and lyrics to speak to them again.  This industry is filled with people who are suggesting last century industry strategies in a new century market. Read More

Is Country Music Traditional? (part 1 of a little music-history reflection)

Posted on January 22, 2019 in history, music, Music Business, Musical Events, Musical Inspiration, Opinions, Uncategorized

When I think about genres of music in America that are traditional, few genres come to mind that would outperform Country-western music on that specific characteristic.  Perhaps Blues, which traces its origins back to slaves singing old spirituals while working crops in the fields.  Otherwise I would think Country-western music is high on the list of traditional genres that American music listeners enjoy.  As a good American boy from Texas, it's easy for me to think that country music has just sort of always been here. But lately, I've been learning some history that has caused my perspective to change. Read More

Music Manifesto

Posted on January 12, 2019 in music, Music Business, Musical Events, Musical Inspiration, Opinions, Updates

It would be easy to just assume that my career should follow the path template that is provided by the apparent successful in my industry.  But I think that blind following of another person's path is what leads some of us to achieve all of the markers of success, only to find ourselves depressed and empty inside. Read More

Collaboration- The Unique Creative Process of Songwriting

Posted on September 15, 2018 in Album News, music, Music Business, Musical Inspiration, Opinions, Updates

I write this post as a huge thank you to all who were involved in the process of recording these five songs. The collaboration is part of the reward for me, and it is a spiritual reward.  I am better because of the contributions of these other creative masters.  Read More

Chasing Your Dream

Posted on July 5, 2018 in music, Music Business, Musical Events, Musical Inspiration, Opinions

It's weird, you know, because most people, myself included, tend to always want more.  We think some long-awaited accomplishment will fix some of our major problems, or solidify our personal success. Then we reach that long-awaited accomplishment, and lo and behold, there are still problems! Seems to be a defining characteristic in the human condition.  At least it is in mine!  Read More

Is Texas Just a Mini-Nashville?

Posted on May 22, 2018 in music, Music Business, Musical Inspiration, Opinions

When tempted with the fast-track of Texas Country success, I remind myself that the slow trudge of building a true grassroots following might be the way of keeping a long, sincere, heart-felt music career in my life.  I have no clue whether you will ever see me on the mainstage at LJT. But I guarantee you I'd love to see you at my show this next weekend sitting on that little patio and listening to my songs. I hope you introduce yourself. I hope you ask where I'm performing next. I hope you keep in touch.  These are the things I hope for. Read More

Viva Terlingua!

Posted on March 21, 2018 in Musical Inspiration, Uncategorized, Updates

I'm grateful to report that, this month, I celebrate five years of being married to my wonderful wife, Emily. I say "grateful" rather than "proud" because, God knows, I don't know that I had much to do with it! I mean, I showed up at the ceremony. I guess that's worth something. Read More

Good Songwriting? Umm, maybe?

Posted on January 10, 2018 in music, Music Business, Musical Inspiration, Opinions

I find songwriting to be a fascinating art.  Think of the elements involved. There is prose. There is poetry. There is arrangement and composition. There is musical theory. There is catchiness.  A songwriter can put together the most beautiful poetry imagineable, and shipwreck the song within a flaming catastrophic tragedy of bad music. Or the vice versa, as is often the case in pop music, the lyrical content of a six-year-old is inserted into a catchy musical arrangement, and the song goes to Billboard Top 100. Take this little snipet from the song that is currently #2 on Billboard: Read More