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The Music War Rages On!

I know some may disagree with what I am about to say, but it is time for me to vent a little about what I see is hap-pening in the music industry. The great thing about this country is the fact we all have an opinion and can express it freely and openly (at least for now).

Many of you may think I am going to vent about the record industry in general - I am not. We live in a capitalist society and everyone has the right to earn their money as they see fit (as long as it’s legal). Without the business side of music, many musicians, bands, performers or songwriters would have quit or abandoned their dreams and we would not have experienced some of the greatest musical moments of our lives.

If you think I’m going to bash public radio - I am not. If I don’t like the music blaring from my truck speakers, I can switch the channel or turn on my satellite radio. Again, public radio is a business and as a wise man once told me “music is on the radio to fill the space between commercials”. So, stop yelling at your radio as you drive and pay attention to the road.

If you think I am going to address this trivial conflict between Texas music and Nashville music - I am not. When are we going to realize one cannot exist without the other and we are all striving for the same goals? Successful Texas artists move to Nashville and successful Nashville artists move to Texas. Why do some people have to perpetuate the myth one is bet-ter than the other? Let it go, enjoy the music, and stop being a hater. Life is short.

Maybe you’re thinking I will discuss the present “country genre controversy” sweeping the country. Not even close. I’ve heard all the rumbles. “So and So” is not real country, because they rap and rock” or “they’re not country because they don’t wear cowboy hats and their hair is too long”. Well, ask Willie Nelson about long hair. You can’t remake a John-ny Cash or George Jones, so why even try? “So and So” is selling out stadiums and introducing a whole new generation to the country side of music. What is wrong with that? Music must evolve and change to stay alive. I wonder what my Mom thought the first time I listened to Jimi Hendrix?

You see, we worry too much about the small stuff in our lives and that takes away pieces from the big picture. Making and writing music is suppose to be fun. Somehow we all tend to dwell on the negatives, instead of the positives like holding a guitar, playing a song, creating a melody, performing to a crowd, or sharing our emotions in lyrical form. So, where is all the venting - you ask? You must have missed it.


Take care and keep the music growing.
Rob Owen

 
Jul6

FWSA Monday Night Open Mic

Buffalo West Restaurant, 7101 Camp Bowie West, Fort Worth, TX 76116

All songwriters and performers of original music are welcome. No covers. Every 1st and 3rd Monday Night (excluding holidays). 6:30-9:30 PM (Sign up from 6:30pm -8:30pm) Non-smoking and family friendly event.

FREE Age limit: All ages

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Jul16

FWSA Monthly Songwriter Gathering

Dickey's BBQ Pit, 6219 Oakmont Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76132

Songwriter Workshop Song evaluation session will follow the workshop. (Bring lyric sheets for participants)

Non-Members can attend one session only. (Does not apply to spouses or partners of members).

FREE Age limit: All ages

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Jul20

FWSA Monday Night Open Mic

Buffalo West Restaurant, 7101 Camp Bowie West, Fort Worth, TX 76116

All songwriters and performers of original music are welcome. No covers. Every 1st and 3rd Monday Night (excluding holidays). 6:30-9:30 PM (Sign up from 6:30pm -8:30pm) Non-smoking and family friendly event.

FREE Age limit: All ages

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Jul27

FWSA Creativity Circle

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Dickey's BBQ Pit, 6219 Oakmont Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76132

Unlike our monthly workshops, this is not a song critique session, but an informal gathering for those needing help on various aspects of the songwriting process. The setting is strictly acoustic with no sound equipment or CD players. Topics covered will be what people want or need to discuss to help them in the creative writing process, recording issues, equipment discussions, or any topics relevant to the music creating process. This is the perfect setting for that question you think is elementary, but too embarrassed to ask. Discuss your song, your music ideas and enjoy an evening of relaxed conversation among friends. You might find just the right person to help you!

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