I have done my share of ranting about the modern country being manufactured in the Nashville music industry. But today, I want to take a little time off from the rant, and I want to say that I’m excited about what is happening in Nashville. Here is why…
Imagine for a moment that you are the owner of a lucrative retail business and you are hiring a new CFO to manage the financial accounting of your company for the next decade or beyond. You invite a new young gentleman into your office and sit him in front of your desk. You have heard hype about this new business climber from many of your gazillionaire colleagues. You hear he has great personality and he really knows how to dress right. You pull this new prospect’s resume’ and give it a glance. You notice that he credits himself with three Chapter Eleven Bankruptcies for past companies that he has managed. Do you look him in the eye and say to him, “Man, you must really know your stuff with all of these failures on your business record! And you certainly have the image we are looking for. When can you start? We would really like to give you a chance at taking our company to the next level!” Would you respond in that way?
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.
Despite all of this, I used to love being on social media, and I spent countless hours building myself up on Facebook and Twitter. Circumstances caused me to move away from Smart Phones into more basic stuff. And as I’ve done that, I’ve honestly enjoyed the direction of my life. When I go to restaurants, airports, or peruse the sidewalks of my small town, I become grateful that I’m not one of the Walking Dead who are buried in their Instagram feed. I enjoy the fact that, when I go to see some beautiful morsel of creation, that I don’t get distracted by snapping a quick selfie and seeing how fast I get to 50 likes on my post. I can be in the moment. I like that.
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!
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.
I will be returning to the studio in May in order to record five brand new songs!
These songs will be released one by one into streaming sources such as Spotify. They will combine to form a second album, EP. Once all the songs are released to streaming, I will look to produce the songs into a CD or vinyl form also for all of you collectors!
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.
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:
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