August 2020: The Music Remains

The one thing that remains constant is music.

The entire world has been on fire for the past six months, and the band plays on.  One could make all the band on the Titanic playing as it sinks analogies he or she wants, but it does not remove the irrevocable fact that it is true. Time and time again during all of the trials and tribulations we are all experiencing, music has been the thing we have all turned to.  There were blips of Tiger King and sports relaunching, but where television has looked different and movie theaters are nonexistent.  Music has remained a beacon of steadiness.

While live music has been gut punched and it is horrific to watch what our artists and venues are enduring from a financial standpoint, people are listening to music in seemingly greater numbers than before all this started.  It’s an escape, it’s a shoulder to lean on, it’s therapy, it’s transformative, it’s special and it is flexible.  It can be as real or fantastic as you need at any given moment.  It can transport you, reassure you or soothe you.  Music is special.  It always has been.  But, as the old saying goes, trouble reveals character, we’re seeing the true character of music and it is shining.

Be it a Sequestered Songwriters show on a Monday night or a random Facebook live you come across.  A new playlist you discover on a streaming service or a song you happen to hear while driving in your car.  Music has been the tugboat that is slowly pulling us through our day to day existence in the pandemic.  The band plays on.

Early on in this situation, we launched our Good Mood playlist to bolster the endorphins of everyone.  Songs of hope, happiness and salvation.  Songs that made you tap your foot.  For 90 days we added one song each day.  It was therapeutic.  As this situation rolled on, it felt best to leave that alone at a certain point.  Because some days required sad songs.  We built playlists for that too.  Artists kept releasing music.  We kept creating, writing, hosting podcasts.  Shouting from the rooftops about music we loved.  Concerts cancelled, well, my earbuds still work.

And we march on.  The band plays on.  We continue to listen.  The music will stop.  Nero may be playing his fiddle, but so is Brady Black. I know which one I want to listen to.


-Times are tough, but my musician friends are tougher.  Astounded by their creativity and grit throughout this mess.

-Wear. Your. Mask.

-Yes, Taylor Swift released a new project.  Yes, I still don’t like it. I gave it a go.  It’s not for me, and as an old dude…I accept that.  Happy that it brings so many others joy.

-What are we binging?  I’m pretty sure I found the basement of Netflix.

-Never been less excited for the start of football.  Hoping it happens.

-Lovely way the DFW teams that are already playing have been losing games.  Constantly inventing new ways to do so.

-This month’s recommended record: Gabe Wooton – Old Quarter Live Sessions, Vol 1.  Wootton is a prototype of the songwriter’s songwriter.  Devilish, quick-witted, human without apology.  This live collection finds him in his element.  Down in south Texas at a historic venue doing his thing.  A testament to songwriting, humility and above all talent. This is the type of record that your favorite songwriter is going to listen to 1,000 times and take something from and present it to you in an inspired form.

-“Of all the things I’ve lost, I miss my mind the most.” – Mark Twain

Brad Beheler

Raised in Waco, refined in the Hill Country, escaped from DFW. I've worked in just about every facet of the music business for 20 years. I like to write about it all. e-mail Brad Editor-in-Chief

One thought on “August 2020: The Music Remains

  • November 1, 2020 at 1:10 pm

    Hey Brad..enjoyed the ruminations on Billy Joe…met him in ‘08 and bonded enough over next couple of years that he accepted my invite to sing the Star Spangled Banner at my swearing in ceremony as
    AR Speaker of the House of Representatives in 2011… he did that and couple other songs “Acapulco” ..guarantee nothing before or after like it…only a few members really knew he was and loved it… others thought I’d lost my mind!
    He spent a weekend at our farm in southeast AR in 2018…one of life’s highlight experiences for sure…from that visit, earlier this year, I wrote a tribute song (yep I’m a longtime non-public singer/songwriter) that subsequently morphed into a pretty cool video entitled “Where is Billy Joe Shaver?” My communication with Billy Joe was good through late September so had the opportunity to share…he indicated he really liked it
    (of course he was so dang nice that’d likely have been his response regardless!). It’s been on YouTube since late August and has about 400 views…if you’re interested in checking it out (recording and video professionally done at studios in LIttle Rock) it’s under the pseudonym I use, JR Grace Music… considering your association with Billy Joe, think you might enjoy…Thanks! Robert S Moore Jr

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