A few weeks ago, my son and I had a few days with no scheduled activities, (which happens very rarely in my home) so we decided to head to Nashville for a few days to check out some music and the general atmosphere. Neither of us had ever been there and it seemed like a great adventure to begin the summer. As an added bonus, the Country Music Association, CMAfest was going on that week, so we were treated to a big week in the area. Here are some things that I learned while there:
- Nashville is fun. CMAFest is fun. I recommend that music lovers, and specifically country music lovers make it a point to get there at some time. CMAFest treated us to so much great music and a magnificent atmosphere throughout the week. I will make every effort to get back to CMAFest again in the future.
- We are doing ok in Durham. My son and I really enjoyed going to Broadway in Nashville. That said, so much of the live music that we enjoy in Durham (local and touring) holds up completely! We have a great music scene right here!
- It takes a lot to get noticed. We saw some pretty great musicians that werre toiling away in small honkey-tonks.
- It is the place to go to make it big. The folks that do get noticed, really have a chance!
- Money is there. Wow! Music row clearly isn't hurting for cash!!
- Everyone wants to be a star. The dreams are palpable!
- Fans are silly. I am not a fan. I am an enthusiast and appreciator. The folks that are just out to get a photo or an autograph seem silly to me.
- Strumming chords and singing isn't enough. You've gotta have a look, a certain cool, and real talent. The honkey tonks are full of strummers.
- You gotta have a good look. Enough said.
- Girls wear short denim shorts and boots. If you aint wearin that, you aint cool.
- I love checking out bands. I learned this from my friend Jeff Tart from Infinity Road!
- I am fortunate to make my living in music. Everyone wants to. Few are privileged to. I am living the dream!
- I want to keep getting better at my craft. There is always more to learn and achieve. I am not there yet.
- You have to play to get noticed. No one is going to get famous sitting in their living room. You have to hone your craft on stage. I know this. I get better every time I play out. When I don't play out, I get worse.
So, those are my thoughts. I have to get back to work here at Interlochen. I have rehearsal in 25 minutes. My craft awaits!!