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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July 2019: A Fan Looks at 40

A while back I read an article that claimed one’s music taste and choices caps out at what they dug around age 17. I incredulously tossed aside the data in the article because it certainly did not apply to me. Long ago, I resigned myself to the fact that I’m an abnormal, obsessive music consumer. I find kindred spirits in people like Mattson Rainer, Shayne Hollinger, Eddie Trunk, Matt Pinfield, Tom Mooney, and William Miller from Almost Famous among others. We don’t just listen. It’s more than that to us. It’s a lifestyle and a dedication. Sometimes to our detriment.

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June 2019: Inventing Songs

Rodney Crowell once famously wrote “I don’t drink as much as I used to, lately it just ain’t my style…”. As I approach midlife, I find that to be appropriate but more so I find it fashioned into other facets of my life. I don’t waste my time on people, places, things or music that don’t move my needle in a positive direction. I inherited that from my Grandma. She was a no nonsense survivor of the Great Depression who didn’t suffer any fools. I’m a patient, laid-back guy but I know my lanes and tend to stay in them.

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April 2019: Horses Ain’t the Only Thing in the Back

If Billy McFarland taught us anything it’s that the paradigm of hosting a music festival in 2019 isn’t what it was in 2009, 1999, 1969 and so on.  He taught us more than that, but as someone who helps throw a very minor music festival, that takeaway from the Fyre Fest fiasco was astounding.  He convinced thousands of people to give him millions of dollars for something that didn’t even exist…or did it?  It existed in the Instagram-tinged minds of the young demos across this country. As real as you believe Kylie Jenner’s talent to be.  It was pure hype

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March 2019: The Sun Shines on The Dreamers

The sun shines on a dreamer Shines a light on you when you listen to your heart The sun shines on a dreamer Shines a light on you through the dim, through the dark -Wade Bowen   Ain’t it funny how music works.  More so than any other artform it is a conduit of emotion.  It can be both time machine and present placeholder.  It speaks when words cannot.  This is never more apparent than it is in the spring.  Coming out of the dearth of winter and feeling the sunshine on you once more is akin to hearing that

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