Silver Platters aren't really silver, are they?
So I asked, "what did the show Nashville do to get all that Nashville music involved in the show?"
I was told, by another woman, "it's cause they have a $10 Billion dollar music industry."
I bit my lip and said, "well there has to be a secret to it..."
But what I should've said was, "So?"
Cause it was the right answer. It would've challenged the woman to think. Who cares if Nashville has a huge music industry... if you are trying to bring in the money and keep it in your home state try this... do whatever they did, twist it up and make it work. Don't cop out.
The state of Georiga has been a breeding ground to some of the best creative types around the world from Joanne Woodward to REM to Ray Charles to James Brown to Zac Brown to Sugarland to Lewis Grizzard to Hollis Gillespie to Jeff Foxworthy to Ludacris to TLC to Dallas Austin - too many others... Shit we have one of the biggest Hip-Hop meccas around!
Come on... we're talking about legendary folk - the kind only GA can make...
The Allman Brothers, Widespread Panic, John Mayer (for five mins), the symphonies around the state and too many transplants to list...
The songs that were written here? or about here? For here?
Shit we could even draw a line to Billy Joe Shaver - "Georgia On A Fast Train"
Or Little Feat "Oh Atlanta"
Or Elton John
Drivin N Cryin
there's an opera singer somewhere... can't think of her name
the guy from Air Supply... the one that held one of the longest notes in a song?
Or John Mayer
Or Dave Cobb...
We have a state song about a man lusting after another woman.. you can't more country and blues than that...
Gosh, need I say more?
Do I need to pull out the Brendan O'Brien and Butch Walker cards? Do I?
So why not go to the backyard and get the music. Is it gonna be harder than Music Row? Maybe it might take a little bit of muscle to get it done. Take one movie or TV show and try it. We've got the resources - we've got the talent - why not?
And we don't need to go to a "ROW" to get it. It's easily accessible. All you gotta do is go to a music venue around and ask. Try maybe putting it in the contracts - record labels make you do it - just a thought.
But the community cuts it nose off to despite its face at times and we become too safe to try it. I used to encounter a lot of this when I first got here. So I stopped hanging with them - mainly due to a new job that I had and it took me around the world without even leaving the state. Now that I am on my own I am finding out, that the world is so small and yet it thinks it's huge... not to try it.
So what do I do?
That's something that's been coming up lately... how do I start the conga line? You ask the stupid questions... you challenge it all - by doing it myself?
Maybe... do I enlist the KISS army? or Bubba the Love Sponge's listeners? Perhaps...
Do I say a word to anyone... sorta.
We shall see... I told someone "Don't tell anyone what you are doing... just do it." I need to go back to that drawing board.
So why the silver platter analogy? Well, sometimes we expect a silver platter handed to us for we think we are special... well we aren't. Sorry. We become special when we do something spectacular - huge - big time - whatever your choice word is. Until then we are just a bunch of idiots trying to butt in line.
And to the owner of a huge music festival who prides itself in keeping it real within the state -
Question: "why did you go outside the state lines to get PR?"
Now I didn't ask that to him because it was after the "Nashville talk"... and that would've been tacky right?