I heard a long time ago, "You don't regret what you do, you regret what you don't do". I have tried to keep that in mind when I make decisions. I have been given what could be a chance of a lifetime dropped right in my lap. If I move foward with it, it could change my life and the life of my family. So, what do I do? If I don't do it, will I look back and wonder what could have been? The opportunity is right here and now and will probably never show it's face again. I have thought about it, reserched it, and thought about it more. I am going to do it. A chance to record a single with a professional group in the studio probably will never come my way again. The opportunity to work with record labels will probably never knock on my door again. There are always the butterflies and such when taking on a new project but, I figure if I don't do it, well you know, I will regret it later. Don't make rash or quick decisions, but if it helps you move foward in life, Do It!
When I was a boy, country music was defined with songs sung by people such as George Jones, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and such. 3 chords, steel guitars and songs about heartache and heartbreak. Now the country music of today sounds like the rock music of when I was a boy. The good old country music is now labled "alternative". What did I miss? Should it not be the other way around? I know progressions in music happen but it seems the basics roots for todays country music comes from a different tree. When I listen to Cry, Cry, Cry or Your Cheating Heart and then turn on the radio, well, the radio gets turned back off. Just give me back my country music. Just because you wear a cowboy hat doesn't make you country. Country music comes from the heart, not from the wallet.
IN 1980 I was 14. I was into all kinds of music. My 8 track tape collection was growing. Especially with Beatles albums. Then the music died. At least the day the music died in my generation. First Elvis and now Lennon. I thought, 'what is going on?'. When will it stop? Many have gone before and many have gone after but I'm not sure if any has made such as influence as Lennon. We may not all agree on his views or his actions but we can not deny his song writing and his peeformances. The world will always miss John Lennon but he will live on in his music and in our hearts. RIP John
Well, my first blog entry. Yes, I don't think Hank did it this way, but what other choices do we have as artists? Today it seems to be about how fast we can get rich and famous. But there is no "I" in the we I mention. I would love to do it the way Hank did it. Honky tonks and taverns. Walk in and play. Today it seems we all need fb, my space, videos and a dozen other avenues to get our music out to the masses. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em....and I may need to bend a little but I for one, will try to keep the great days of country music alive. Good ole country music that when you hear it, you think to yourself, "Hey, that song's about me!"