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Absolutely loved it! One of your best vids yet.
Toggle Commented Sep 20, 2009 on Friends Are Friends Forever at Backstage Pass
Let me first say that I've subscribed to you blog for several months. I have so many RSS subscriptions though that it's difficult to keep up. It's been a while since I've singled out one of your posts. Because I'm in Nashville and work in the industry, this one caught my attention. I feel as if you've pointed out what many might chalk up as nothing more than the "natural progression of life." Is it really so unusual that the members of your adult network prefer worship-oriented music? I think it's a bit of a leap to assume the reason must be because the industry or the bands aren't doing a good job of appealing to adults (you must admit the data you've cited here is anecdotal at best). I'm 43, and my musical tastes today in no way reflect what they were 20 or 25 years ago. Sure, I love to go back and relive those musical moments from time to time, but it's not what I want to hear every day. Still, I love bands like FireFlight, Life House and Decyfer Down, right alongside artists like Francesca Batistelli, Brandon Heath and Brooke Frazer. I see your points this way: 1. A gross and unfair generalization. 2. I'm hard-pressed to think of an artist or band these days that DOESN'T have a social justice gimmick. It's almost cliche anymore. 3. Sounds like part of the problem is you. What do you have against 50K teenagers? 4. Could you be a little more specific? 5. If I'm correctly reading between the lines, you're suggesting a musical homogenization where radio is involved. Having worked on the label side for four years in addition to 22 years in radio, I can assure you this happens, but not in the way you see it. I've seen it many times in the case of the solo artist, but only when that artist doesn't, or isn't capable, of writing their own songs. They have a great voice and that's it (I'd argue whether they deserve the platform at all. Give me the singer-songwriter any day over the singer only). Because of this, every song on the record is carefully chosen to "fit the mold." Not only so that it eventually receives the blessing of the industry gate keepers, but to ensure the artist in question can convincingly and comfortably deliver it's message. But I can honestly say I've not seen one instance of a BAND being driven by management, label or industry to fit a certain mold. The band gets signed for who they are and what they've shown themselves to be capable of (singing, songwriting, performing) or they don't get signed at all. Some connect with an audience and "make it," and some don't. Lastly, I for one am proud of the music and the talent currently coming out of Nashville. Are bands creating music that appeals to adults? Your anecdotal evidence says no. But my listener demographics gathered and analyzed by an unbiased third party say otherwise. Thanks for allowing me to comment. Maybe the next time you're in Nashville my colleagues and I can take you out to lunch. Who knows, we might even be able to get one of those unappealing bands to join us. :-) Jeff Brown Operations Director 88.7 WAY-FM / Nashville
Toggle Commented Sep 9, 2009 on The Trouble in Nashville at History in the Making