Thursday Tidbits....

Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Thursday, July 29, 2010

There was dancing last evening and if you have any desire to know what occurred then you need to get over and visit TRAVIS of "Trav's Thoughts" because he will let you know everything...

Have a dinner meeting with new friend Silver Michaels tonight. We are going to discuss the Memphis Blues Society and how I can get involved with their marketing programs. They need some assistance and I think it will be cool to be involved, especially when the International Blues Challenge comes to town next February.

So we are meeting to go over some ideas and then we will venture over to Beale and watch Delta Highway rip the joint. The other night former American Idol contestant Kimberly Locke joined the boys for what I was told was a rousing rendition of "Stormy Monday".

As I have written here, I am spending a ton of time with some of the local musicians here in Memphis and it is really interesting to watch the dynamics in the clubs and between the bands.

For the most part the bands here in town support each other to the max. You always see other bands at gigs, just watching...then jumping up on stage and playing together. The wealth of talent is amazing and I keep forgetting that I am older than all of them and probably as old or older than their parents!

Watching 20-something kids rip guitar solos and thinking about where they might be in 5 - 10 years is incredible. Tie this in with the radio show (BIG PLUG HERE: This week's show is already at #14 out of 3,772 shows!), and I am making relations with people I hope to know for years.

Now this is not so I can get those front row seats at Madison Square Garden or the Fed Ex Forum, because unless the concert business changes, these people will never play those venues.

Instead, they will play festivals and smaller venues, which is fine, because the fans can be up close and personal. One thing I have learned over the course of the interviews I have already done is these musicians are not interested in the big contracts. They do not want to lose their creative freedoms..that and, here in teh US, the Blues is small business.

Now, go over to Europe and some of the artists I have met are big time stars. they are headlining at concerts over there, because the blues are still honored.

A few weeks ago, when a guest did not arrive I asked the question, what was the last live music you experienced. It could be a small could be street performers at your town's Independence Day could be a big concert venue.

Tell us about that time. who did you see? What kind of music? Did you get to interact with the artist at all?

Live music, to me, is something everyone should experience throughout the year. Not every day (but why not!), but a few times a year, get out, support your local musicians and venues.

Music is disappearing from our school systems...we must do what we can to keep live performances alive.

6 Of Your Sparks

  1. Travis Cody Says:
  2. I guess you can't can and package blues and jazz for the average canned and packaged radio station.

    I'm not a music snob...I just don't have that good of an ear. I like what I like, and don't like what I don't. Some blues and jazz I find hard to listen to...I get confused by the complexity and I'm not really sure how to follow it. Does that make sense?

    Radio friendly music sells for the big players. I get that. And that's OK for the folks who want to hear it. I'm just glad that independent musicians have embraced the alternative means available to them to get their music heard. And through that, some of them get a chance to break on the radio.

  3. TRAVIS: You make some valid points here. I do not believe you do not have a 'good ear'...As with everyone, and as you said, we like what we like and don't what we don't.
    There is plenty of music out there that is widely popular that I can not stand.

  4. Jay Says:
  5. When I was in college at the UofA I used to hang out on Dickson Street at all the clubs. Clubs like George's Majestic Lounge, The Library, JR's Light Bulb Club and other places.

    I can still remember the live and local bands who I would go see.

    The Cate Brothers
    Oreo Blue
    Earl's Garage
    The Nace Brothers
    Jed Clampit

    Good stuff man.

    It's sad that American blues bands have to go to Europe to get the crowds and recognition that they deserve. Kind of like WNBA players.

    Wait, not like WNBA players. Nobody should care about them. ;-)

  6. Jay, it's a good thing my daughter has given up her dream of becoming a WNBA player, otherwise I'd have to hurt you. ;)

    Seriously, though, I love intimate music encounters. One of the best music experiences I've had was a attending a private concert in a friend's house. The artist would talk and ask us all (about 40 of us) to sing along, and he would play requests, too. It was so uplifting.

    And, of course, I get to get up close and personal with music every Sunday when I pray the mass in song with my fellow choir members. :) There are weeks when we are just....(excuse the expression)...."on fire."

  7. ...saw George Winston (solo piano) not too long ago in Sacramento. Looooooooooooves me some live music!

  8. Dana Says:
  9. The last live performance I attended was Cam's final middle school band concert. The next one on my agenda? A local parade here in Podunk where Cam will be taking on a new challenge - marching and playing in the percussion section!


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