On Monday, an artist that is hard-working & a great singer-songwriter "had a moment".. The way I see it, we all have our "moments". He makes some great points... and that's why I'm sharing it with you.
This is one of those rants that, on the surface, will seem like a jaded musician throwing a tantrum; and some will actually make that assertion. But my firm belief is that those who are in this scene for the right reasons will not only understand my position, but also fully support it as well. There are also a multitude of musicians out there who feel the same way I do, but choose not to voice their frustration. How do I know…because they’ve said so to me. So without further ado:
I’ve always been a quality-over-quantity kinda guy. I’d much rather have one tender juicy steak, than have three boot-tough pieces of nastiness. I’d much rather have 3 truly good friends, than 300 people I can’t trust. The same goes with music. I’d much rather have 100 fans in the crowd who are there for the music, than 1000 people in the crowd who couldn’t tell you a single word from your previous song. And believe me; I’ve played to both kinds of crowds. Now don’t get me wrong, we love the hell-raising, beer chugging crowds… as long as they’re raising hell to our tunes.
That being said, it’s very important that we make a sharp distinction here. There’s a difference between a bar that does music, and a music venue that serves alcohol. If I’m playing a beer joint that rarely has live music, my standards and expectations of the crowd are vastly different. I don’t profess to think that EVERY set we play is going to be to music lovers. At the same time, when we play at a live music venue, those expectations change. There’s also a difference between a “gig”, and a “show”. We play several gigs a year, and when I use the word “gig”, I’m referring to the beer joint places. We do “shows” at live music venues. I think most musicians know the difference, and so I’m hoping to help those of you who might not be as knowledgeable on the subject.
Some…no…MOST people possess the ability to completely let a song, a lyric, or a melody entirely overtake their soul. They close their eyes and let the words surround their world. Sometimes, it’s a fast song with a beat, or a lyric that makes you feel like you can run through a brick wall without a scratch. Other times, it’s that one line in the song that makes you cry because you miss your hero. To those people, music is more than just $5 at the door. It’s more than just that 75 mile trip you made to see the band. It’s about that connection you make with the music, the song, and the band. Those people, regardless of their gender, are the reason I wrote Red Dirt Girl. They come to the show early. Why? Not to meet the band, not to get the early beer special. They come early to make sure they don’t miss a thing; to make sure they can get front and center and FEEL every note, every beat, every word of every songs. This rant is not about a musician who wants a different type of crowd. It’s about that person who drives a hundred miles, pays their cover and soaks up every second, even though they have every song you’ve ever recorded and sing along with every word. It’s about the person who knew him when he was Stoney Phillips. It’s about the person who has that Live @ Roosters cd (as horrible as it was). It’s about the people who remember when Wade and Randy opened for everyone. It’s about the TRUE music fans. It’s about the people who have been offered to be put on the guest list, but say “no, it’s ok. I wanna support you guys.” What they don’t know, is that their existence at the shows is way more support than we could ever want.
If we play a gig at a beer joint, sure I’ll be a lil frustrated that we’re nothing more than a jukebox with a trailer. But that’s the price of poker. That’s what they call “paying our dues.” But when we pull up to a music venue, for a show, our (most bands) expectation is that we’re gonna be surrounded by people who are there for the tunes. One of my favorite people in the world, “Mama” PJ Berry was one of those folks who would drive with her husband Ron, for HOURS to see a show. And you can bet your ass she knew EVERY word to every song we played. How’s that? Because she came to music venues and LISTENED. “Bo, you can’t expect us to just sit there and say nothing, like little drones” Why not? There are countless musicians out there who sacrifice EVERYTHING to pursue an art that isn’t subsidized by a government grant. They pour their souls into every word, in the hopes that someone out in that crowd can relate to their sadness, their elation, their pride. And yeah, it’s frustrating as hell when guys put ten thousand dollars worth of equipment into a two thousand dollar trailer, pulling it with a thousand dollar van, to split their $500 paycheck 5 ways AFTER eating, rooms, gas, and potentially broken gear. After all that, they pour over a yellow legal pad with a borrowed pen and gush their emotions, one verse at a time. For what? So a bunch of drunk dudes can ask for Wagon Wheel?
Music is a passion. It’s not something people do in order to make it rich. In the big scheme of things, the likelihood of financial success from music is extremely slim. Financial success for most musicians is breaking even by Sunday morning. Occasionally, there’s a little left over to buy some groceries. With any passion, you feel anger and resentment when people don’t appreciate your passion; and music is no different.
Here are a few little nuggets of etiquette that FANS have pointed out that THEY appreciate when at shows.
• Don’t steal music on Limewire, Kazaa, etc. (those are just examples folks). A well-produced cd costs thousands and thousands of dollars to do. Every $10 cd you illegally download or share cuts into that.
• Don’t video the whole show. It’s annoying as hell to everyone behind you, not to mention illegal in most venues.
• When the songs are over, clap and raise some hell. If the song sucked, give a small courtesy clap, but really let loose if the song rocked your socks off. Silence is a musician’s worst enemy. It’s like sex, folks. You gotta let us know when we’re doing it right, or we’re just gonna blindly stab at it.
• Don’t chat on your phone right in front of the stage. If you have to take a call, mozie outside. It’s a win-win
• If you heckle the singer, chances are you’re about to get burned. We do this for a living.
• Only sing along to the songs IF YOU KNOW THE WORDS (not my rule, folks)
• When you meet the band, understand that the band truly appreciates you, but they can’t devote 30 minutes to every person.
• Asking for the artist to sing a fellow artist’s song is usually considered bad form.
• Don’t try to ask the singer a question in the middle of a song. They’re kinda busy.
• Smokers, yeah it’s a bar, but please be respectful of where your cigarette is.
• We all gotta fart, but don’t do it right there. We ALL know it was you.
• SIT DOWN (when there are chairs)
• SHUT UP (It’s impossible to learn new songs if you’re chatting while it’s being sung)
• LISTEN (don’t just hear the songs…. Feel them)
Keep in mind, these were not developed by musicians, but by OTHER FANS who truly care about this passion we have called music.
Tragedy struck the KICKS office yesterday. We ran out of water for the water cooler, and if you wanted to get a drink you had to use the tap. Since I've moved out here one of the most consistent thing people have told me (other than "I hope you like dust") has been to avoid drinking the tap water. I've lived in several places and no tap water seems to be a general rule of thumb no matter where you are, but it is more adamant here in West Texas. I'll admit Midland tap water definitely isn't the tastiest water I've ever had, or 2nd, or 3rd... but at least it doesn't catch on fire.
What's that you say? Derrick you are crazy, water can't catch fire... it's water, it puts out fire. Well that's what I thought too until I lived in Pennsylvania. In the more rural parts of the state the groundwater has high levels of methane that will actually catch fire if you put a match next to the faucet as it comes out. I couldn't believe it till I saw it with my own eyes... check out this YouTube video that shows it.
I never saw it explode quite like that video but close enough. Some people say the high methane is a result of Fracking, others say it is naturally occurring. Probably a little of both but the nice old lady who lit her tap on fire when I didn't believe her said it had always done that and it was just one of those little quirks about Perry County, PA. All I know is that I'll take bad tasting water over flammable water any day.
Word has it ‘American Idol’ may want Kimberly from The Band Perry to be a judge. An internet survey asked people to tell who they’d want as potential judges next season and people are wondering if show executives generated that survey.
Kenny Chesney and His Vibe Room
Before a show Kenny Chesney and the band hang out in their "vibe room" complete with skull disco ball and an entrance guard made of wood. Kenny gets nervous before he sings and the vibe room gives him a chance to relax before the show.
Lady A's Charles and Dave Have New Gig
Since Lady A’s Hillary is on maternity leave, Charles and Dave are playing a show at 3rd & Lindsley in Nashville August 13 as their alter egos, Dick Fantastic and Pelvis Presley.
Brad Paisley Debuts Single on TV Tonight
Brad Paisley debuts his single, ‘I Can't Change the World’ tonight on ‘America's Got Talent.’
Faith Hill's Best Advice
As for the best advice she’s ever been given Faith Hill says, "stand up for what you believe and follow your gut. Stay true to who you are but also be nice and respectful!”
Zac Brown Has a Birthday
Finally – it’s happy 35th birthday to Zac Brown today!
Can a car be a magnet for accidents? I used to think automobiles were just inanimate
objects but now I am not so sure. My daughter used to have a white 12 year old Lexus that just drew bad drivers to it! She is a fantastic driver, very cautious, but it was hit by three other cars in 6 months! The last time it was hit, the guys at Pat Grey said they had seen this kind of thing before and that maybe we should think about getting her another car! We got her a new Corolla last summer and she hasn't gotten even a scratch!
Now, my mother has a jinxed car! I kid you not! She has been dented and dinged by other drivers and was rear-ended by a texter right after she got the car last year. Last Friday she was shopping and when she came out she noticed someone had backed into the front of her car and left. They caused $2000 in damage and left no note, nothing!
So now I believe a car CAN just be jinxed and when you get one, it is best to cut your losses and trade it in if you can. Okay mom, let's go car shopping!
Fun fact about me, I love Tabasco sauce. I put it on pretty much everything and it always works. Eggs? check. Sandwiches? you know it. Steak? Chicken? Vegetables? you name it and Tabasco sauce makes it better. I enjoy it so much that when a documentary all about Tabasco sauce popped up on TV this weekend I had to watch it. What I didn't know until then was just how interesting and cool Tabasco sauce and the McIlhenny Company that makes it could be.
I didn't know that the creator of Tabasco, Edmund McIlhenny, made the original batch out of some peppers he bought off a random traveler. It was so delicious he planted the remaining seeds on Avery Island off the coast of Louisiana so he could make more. And over 100 years later every bottle of Tabasco is made from peppers descended from that original batch. I never even knew there was an island involved with Tabasco even though it is right there on the label. I look at that label almost every single day!!! Clearly I am not observant. Tabasco is still owned by the McIlhenny Family and they still own Avery Island, where every pepper seed in Tabasco originated.
Tabasco has been a part of military rations since World War II. Astronauts used it on the Space Shuttle and there are several bottles aboard the International Space Station. Air Force One has bottles with the Presidential Seal and it is an official supplier to the Queen of England and the Royal Family. That's right, even the Royal Baby gets a little taste of USA made Tabasco.
I forget what the original point of this post was... I just really like Tabasco
Garth Brooks is a grandpa at 51 as his middle child, 19-year old August had a girl last week, Karalynn. I found out her middle name is Grace and she already has her own Pinterest page. August in on Pinterest as well. The dad’s is August’s boyfriend of 2-years, Chance Michael Russell. Some fans were looking around social media and made the discovery and that's what prompted Garth to issue a statement.
Keith Urban Should Return to 'Idol'
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Keith Urban is expected to return next year for ‘America Idol’s’ season 13 as Keith was so well liked by audiences last year. I also hear Jennifer Hudson, will.i.am and Jennifer Lopez will also be judges.
Dierk’s Bentley's Dog Gets a Pat-Down
Dierk’s Bentley co-hosted ‘The View’ Friday along with his dog Jake. They flew to L.A. on Southwest and Jake not only got his own seat on the plane and his own glass of water, he had to have a pat down before the flight like any other passenger.
Lady AJust Announced Fall Tour
When Lady A head out this fall on their ‘Take Me Downtown’ they'll be taking baby bottle and diapers as Hillary’s new daughter girl, Eisele will be along. It launches Nov. 8 in Mississippi and Openers will be Kip Moore and Kasey Musgraves.
Martina Celebrates 47 Years Today
Finally – happy 47th birthday to Martina today and if you look at my most recent post you will see her recipe for Avocado with Warm Bacon Cilantro Dressing.
I will admit there has been A LOT of royal baby coverage. And I have heard A LOT of people complaining about it! Why is it news that a woman has given birth to a healthy baby? It happens every day all over the world. What is the big deal? I have even heard people in the media question their own coverage of the royal baby.
Here's the thing...the world needs some GOOD NEWS! We have had nothing but bad news for the last 12 years! Terrorism, war, economic disasters, natural disasters and the list goes on! The bottom line is we are tired of un-relenting badness! We want a spoonful of sugar with our bad tasting news! And that spoonful of sugar is Prince George Alexander Louis.
It is GOOD that a sweet couple has had a sweet baby boy. And it IS news that the sweet baby boy is a Prince. That baby will be a King, and an heir to the throne of England isn't born everyday. Doesn't that justify the news coverage? And hasn't it taken your mind off the bad for just a little while?
On July 22nd, I posted a blog "WE ALL SCREAM"... this weekend we decided to try it out.
OhMyGosh!!!! Best thing ever. Not kidding! I would compare it to the soft serve from DQ. It's creamy, delicious goodness.
We're now working on some modifications... first modifications will be splitting the mixture into 2 bowls & adding root beer flavored extract to half & swirling the two together. Another plan is to stir in crushed Oreos or candies.
I encourage you to try it for yourself, I'd be interested to hear what you think!