January 2020: Fresh Starts

The traditional New Year falls on January 1.  But, for Texas Music the calendar doesn’t really reset until MusicFest in Steamboat Springs, CO.  Much like The Super Bowl which once sold tickets for $5 and was a television afterthought before growing into the biggest show of the year; MusicFest has grown over the past 35 years from John Dickson’s super cool excuse to get a few of his favorite songwriters together in one of his favorite towns into a multi-day, 100 artist extravaganza.  Every square inch of Steamboat is populated by sponsored content. There insn’t a stage, ballroom or condo

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December 2019: How Did We Get Here?

Had a conversation at a show the other night where the opening act was underwhelming.  The conversation went something sort of like this. Me: (jokingly) Either I’m getting old or I just don’t know what good music is anymore. Friend:  (laughing)  Nah man, your ears as good as it ever was.  We all evolve as listeners and by now we definitely know good from bad. His sentiment is true.  But, we are the outliers.  Taste is subjective. Appeal is massive. We are the quality over quantity types.  The ones who’d like something to hit the cineplexs or streaming services that

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October 2019: Costumes

Perspective.  It’s what just about everything is based on in this life.  What’s new. What’s good. What’s old. What’s bad. It’s all a matter of opinion…and perspective.  Sometimes things can shade our perspective and we can be tricked. In Sociology, they talk about the different selves that human beings showcase depending on the circumstances surrounding them at that time.  This is especially true in the music business where it has not been uncommon over the years for people to do whatever it took to become famous, disregarding their more pure artistic desires. There’s a trade off that only the person

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September 2019: Leaning on the Music Through the Grief

Grief.  It’s a part of life.  It’s the part that reminds us how good the living part truly is.   I first encountered grief on a major scale when the Cruella DeVille that lived in the biggest house on our block left antifreeze out in dishes scattered throughout her yard to poison any stray cats or dogs (or whatever) that meandered into her property.  One warm autumn evening, we returned from a high school football game where I’d been proudly providing ball boy services to find our gate open. My beloved basset hound George was missing. Soon enough we heard braying

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August 2019: Truly Unique

Music is written and recorded each day all across the globe. Scoring a song that will connect with a wide audience isn’t as simple as it used to be. And it was never simple. There’s so much noise now. Cutting through the vast loudness of modern life is a difficult chore. Over the past decade, with the rise of streaming and social media to ubiquity, that difficulty was ratcheted up even further. It takes something special to cut through the clutter. Your music must have a distinct hook, style, sound or marketing campaign. Lil Nas X started as a joke

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