Remember the famous sociology study where academics studied trends on the East Coast of America and noticed that statistically eating ice-cream was a high predictor of getting shark attacked? The statistics were accurate. But the conclusion missed the point. The unidentified factor was the heat. On hot days people get ice cream. They also get in the water, making it more likely that they get shark-attacked. If people ate ice cream on cold days, the statistical connection would vanish.
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.
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?
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.
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 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:
Here we are, in the twelfth month of a twelve month year. That means 2017 is over my friends. Did you make it a good one? I suppose a lot of bands blog with some …
It was very surreal performing in front of the crowd at the 2017 4th on the River celebration in Kerrville with Robert Earl Keen. Up to that point it had by far been our largest sound stage, and put us in the same backstage with a couple of my songwriting heroes. And then it was over.
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