October 2, 2015Built To Last!
PBS just aired a big multi-hour story about Walt Disney ... YouTube now has the movie about legendary DJ Alan Freed, American Hot Wax (in full) ... Hollywood is about to release another Steve Jobs story ... These are all great food-for-thought projects for anyone in music or media. Ambition and the sheer will to keep moving when everyone is trying to shut you down. Great homework for you!
While in my teacher mode ... Ever read "Who Moved the Cheese?" Spencer Johnson's little book about how to deal with change in the workplace? It is simple but everyone should read and then think about it for a while.
Just look what went down at a major radio chain this week! Things change and you have to be able to reinvent and change, too, or you starve. Google the NY Times and other financial coverage of the Cumulus story this week. Wall Street opinions of the state of media right now make you run, not walk, to the "Who Moved the Cheese" book!
September 25, 2015It's Déjá Vu All Over Again
Yogi ... Yogi ... a little bit of all our youth died with baseball great Yogi Berra this week. With this week's new releases, it is like déjà vu! A surprise new George Strait project and the Country-yet-very-contemporary evergreen Don Henley and his work of love, ...
September 18, 20152016 Shaping Up Fast
The 2016 stories are already flying in. With three months to go, Music Row and the world, for that matter, seems to be ready for the next big thing ... or in this case, year. Better stop and small the roses, the song once said. No time left for that. Presidential election ...
September 11, 2015Who Is Chris Stapleton?
Award shows are important ... why? Take the case of songwriter-now-CMA nominee Chris Stapleton. With three CMA nominations, Chris just popped up on a whole bunch of radar screens! Country fans not into park-and ride-Country-party-by-the-river songs love Chris. The hip ...
September 4, 2015Coming Around For The Home Stretch
Labor Day without Jerry Lewis ... still doesn't seem right. Labor Day, the last great weekend of Summer. Hollywood has always run from it and college football has now embraced it. Country music uses it to wind the spring for Fall. One big festival this weekend in Panama ...
August 28, 2015Who Will Write The Song For This Week?
Where were you when the world stop turning? A brilliant Alan Jackson Country song. A perfect fit for all in that moment in time and remains an emotional work. The Roanoke TV murders this week touched an equally sad chord. Watching the outrageous crime play out live ...
August 21, 2015Nobody Does It Like Taylor ... Still!
I know she's not a Nashville act anymore ... The world is her playground. She was a graduate of the Garth Brooks School of Country Stardom. She may be the only act to do it better than her mentor. She remains amazing and so does Garth, for that matter. Both out of the ...
August 14, 2015The Evolving 'Urban Cowboy'
A few weeks ago, the word went out that Fox was going to make a weekly drama out of the move Urban Cowboy. That movie moved the Country music earth back in 1980. New songs stars and who could ever forget the mechanical bulls and the line dancing classes at clubs ...
August 9, 2015A Stressful Music City Week
A homeless man terrorizes a Nashville movie theatre, an unpredictable Mayoral election, the deaths of super '70s agent Tandy Rice, The death of the first Country female to sell out Madison Square Garden, death of the greatest steel guitarist Buddy Emmons and the death of ...
July 31, 2015Unplugged ... Making It Real
Nashville has a wonderful new place to play music ... Eric Church unplugged christened it on a perfect weather evening this week. Great place to hear music under the stars with even the mosquitos taking the night off. Eric, like most artists, were all originally ...