Ernest Whaley / Blog

Too Many Saddles

I was recently at a house concert where a wonderful songwriter Chris Kokesh mentioned moving to a "one horse town". On the way home the line "way to many saddles in this one horse town", popped into my head. This was several weeks ago, and it finally prodded me into developing it into a song. I just recorded a rough demo of it and will have a more polished, meaning listenable, version soon! These are the current lyrics. It's a small town way of thinking, that keeps us all in check. When you have that tunnel vision, You just can't see the wreck. The gardens getting ruined, because the bottom line's what counts. Politicians line their pockets, to buy the the votes to mount, that horse we call the gravy train, and a salary for life. Dreams are killed with tainted laws, there's no need for a knife. There's way too many saddles, in this one horse town. Everybody wants to ride, but the horse is going down! Way to many saddles, and the horse is getting lame. Way too many saddles, and we're the ones to blame. Way too many saddles, and we're the ones, to blame. Copyright 2014 Ernest Whaley

Music = Magic

‎"Musicians are some of the most driven, courageous people on the face of the earth. They deal with more day-to-day rejection in one year than most people do in a lifetime. Every day, they face the financial challenge of living a freelance lifestyle, the disrespect of people who think they should get real jobs, and their own fear that they'll never work again. Every day, they have to ignore the possibility that the vision they have dedicated their lives to is a pipe dream. With every note, they stretch themselves, emotionally and physically, risking criticism and judgment. With every passing year, many of them watch as the other people their age achieve the predictable milestones of normal life - the car, the family, the house, the nest egg. Why? Because musicians and singers are willing to give their entire lives to a moment - to that melody, that lyric, that chord, or that interpretation that will stir the audience's soul. Musicians are beings who have tasted life's nectar in that crystal moment when they poured out their creative spirit and touched another's heart. In that instant, they were as close to magic, God, and perfection as anyone could ever be. And in their own hearts, they know that to dedicate oneself to that moment is worth a thousand lifetimes.”

- David Ackert, LA Jazz Times

Becoming a fan just to get fanned back.

It's amazing how some folks just go out and become fans of an artist, and never even listen to their music. Blessings and Balance.

I have a question for those in the production/recording side of the Industry.

I have heard a lot of discussion pro and con about paying to get a "radio ready" CD done. Is anyone aware of studios or producers that will record an artist simply because they believe in the artist, and their songs? I ask this because I was set to record my first album and then had my job eliminated. I am a bit long in the tooth :) and would like to get at least three of my tunes that are relevant to saving our natural resources, and protecting whales/dolphins recorded before I decide to "go into the light". ;) Your thoughts and Ideas would be most appreciated! I've attached a link to song sketches I record in my home, and have another 3 or so hours of material I have not even put up on the web. My self recorded album "Blessings and Balance", is on ITunes, Cd Baby etc so I am working at this, and have started to put together a "Kick Starter" campaign to raise the necessary funds. Blessings and Balance