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#1121701 - 12/30/16 08:57 PM CELEBRATE YOUR VICTORIESi  
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Hello everybody, happy New Year! I write for a few peridicals and online sites, including Facebook. I have done a couple of days of the "hard truth" of the modern music business, and today I put this up on the "other side." Hope it helps. I'd say it applies to a lot of you over here. Have a great new year!


CELEBRATE EACH VICTORY! By MAB

Over the past two days I have written on the subject of the difficulty of getting major cuts in this day and age. It is hard even for "inside" writers and publishers to get them and ESPECIALLY hard for independent, non-connected, OUTSIDE writers. There are a LOT of steps, aside from writing the songs themselves, getting them recorded, getting inside people to pay attention, being patient, building and maintaining relationships, all have to be done and have to be done CONSISTANTLY. Rarely are their "lightning strikes" where one song just ignites and the world all falls into place. Happens, but not often, and people win the lottery too. Can't bet your rent or kid's college education on it happening.

The reason I have written these is not to paint a "It is all impossible, the business is gone, and you might as well give up" scenario, even though much sounds grim. Actually it is the OPPOSITE. Because being involved in music, has MANY MORE rewards than just getting that big hit that the whole world sings. And I see far too many people overlooking some of those. I use myself as an example.

You see, while I think that is ONE GOAL, getting the cut, getting the hit, making money, getting recognition, etc. I look at things much differently. I live my life much differently. You see, I believe there are many smaller, yet equally rewarding victories you can claim. Writing songs that hit the target every time they are played, with people smiling, laughing, singing along, elbowing each other when they hear great lines, coming up and quoting lines, or singing melodies, weeks, months or YEARS after they have heard them.
Audience members claiming a song "changed their life, or got them through a terrible time." When you sit across from someone and they say "You're song got me through the death of my daughter..." it all takes on a different tone.

I get to do that. I get to work constantly with people. Writing songs and showing them things they have not seen or been able to do. Getting to subjects and things inside them they could not get out Yesterday writing with a new artist from Chicago, Breezy Love, and writing a song about her hometown. Or a song for her sister's Bat mitzvah. And watching her come back to Nashville with new skills and developing in her voice and performing.

Getting a phone call from a co-writer who wowed a bunch of people in a guitar store in San Francisco with songs we wrote. Getting texts and emails from former clients, who have had songs placed in Television shows like American Pickers, Pawn Stars, and movies. And both these guys being over 60 years old! Who says you can't make waves past the age of 25?

Having a group of people at a club in town, when you are sick, send you a video of the entire club singing your song when you are not there, to make you feel better. Attracting hit writers and people you GREW up with, like Jim Peterik who has written some of the biggest songs in history, EYE OF THE TIGER, HOLD ON LOOSELY that you have performed all your life and considering you a friend and talented enough to do it again. Becoming friends, performers and co-writers with people who have cut your songs like David Ball and John Berry. Being friends and co-writers with hit writers like JIMBEAU HINSON and WOOD NEWTON, and also those “undiscovered gems like SCOTT SOUTHWORTH AND HEINO MOELLER.

Sitting onstage next to people like RANDY BROOKS as he does GRANDMA GOT RUN OVER BY A REINDEER and watch people go crazy when they hear it. And being able to call him a friend. Being able to interact with people you respect, your peers, like Jason Blume, an amazing teacher and writer. Rick Barker, management expert extraordinaire. Being able to hang with Doak Turner, Will Carter, and Adam Melcher and be a part of a great organization like MUSIC STARTS HERE, and Vinny Ribas at Indie Connect. Contributing to Facebook, In Charge, and other periodicals, who ask you to write stuff for their publications. And bringing people to you by doing that.

Having people like Lee Rascone Sr., Lee Rascone Jr., and Debi Champion consistently want to book you and put up with your idiocy, and messing up on dates, but keep you coming back. Being a part of the weekly “unemployed songwriters party at LIZARD’S BOBBY’S IDLE HOUR with SAM COOPER’S SAM’S JAMS. People approaching you quoting lines in songs, and reading what you write and take it to heart. Working with amazing talents like Jay Verne and many other players and friends, and an amazing soon to be seen horn band, DANGEROUS DAN AND THE FUNKTOWN HORNS with DAN EIDEM AND JD WIGGINS.


Writing songs; performing songs. Recording songs. TOUCHING LIVES! I've had one amazing run. 12 year rock career. 28 year Nashville career. Been an artist, a writer, producer, teacher, mentor, friend. Great loves in my life, kids, girlfriend, family, many, many close friends and associates. These are things I can claim. Would I like those big cuts and hits? Sure, always a cool thing. Always great to hear a major artist like FRANKIE BALLARD, do things you wrote with him in his stage show. Always good to get the accolades. That is nice. But being able to touch lives in a million ways, either directly or indirectly, that is the REAL DEAL. That is what every writer and artist can do. They can help others and share some great things. And so what if it doesn't make you a household name? There are many other victories you can claim.

Shoot for the moon, work your butt off, stay focused and be a light to others. Don’t' swim in the river of bitterness. Make the place a little better for your having been here. Make em' LOVE YA! Give them PLENTY TO LOVE! Don't quit. Do that consistently, and you'll find yourself in a great place career wise.

Remember:
"YOU DON'T CHOOSE MUSIC, MUSIC CHOOSES YOU!" Don't make it be sorry it chose you.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
MAB
www.marcalanbarnette.com



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#1121728 - 12/31/16 05:15 AM Re: CELEBRATE YOUR VICTORIESi [Re: Marc Barnette]  
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Marc, you need to edit your statement at the bottom, it is missing a "Music"





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#1121733 - 12/31/16 12:49 PM Re: CELEBRATE YOUR VICTORIESi [Re: Marc Barnette]  
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I agree Marc, success can be measured in many ways and degrees. Sure it would be nice to have the accolades and money that comes with a top song, but some songs may be written to get a message to one person, if it does, that is success. I write mostly gospel songs now, though I do have a lot of country too. I've had a certain amount of success in both genres, nothing major, but my success in gospel may have eternal benefits for me and the persons that hear and heed them. I am getting airplay on 11,000 stations through a podcast service that uses some of my gospel songs. It cost me nothing and I make little or nothing in monetary returns, but in the here after who knows what rewards may be waiting. It is hard to get personal feedback on any music but I have gotten a few from people that have been touched by some of my songs to the point of being saved. That kind of reward can not be measures in dollars and cents, but it is success never the less.
Have a good year in 2017, especially spiritually, this could be the year.

#1121734 - 12/31/16 12:50 PM Re: CELEBRATE YOUR VICTORIESi [Re: Marc Barnette]  
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I agree Marc, success can be measured in many ways and degrees. Sure it would be nice to have the accolades and money that comes with a top song, but some songs may be written to get a message to one person, if it does, that is success. I write mostly gospel songs now, though I do have a lot of country too. I've had a certain amount of success in both genres, nothing major, but my success in gospel may have eternal benefits for me and the persons that hear and heed them. I am getting airplay on 11,000 stations through a podcast service that uses some of my gospel songs. It cost me nothing and I make little or nothing in monetary returns, but in the here after who knows what rewards may be waiting. It is hard to get personal feedback on any music but I have gotten a few from people that have been touched by some of my songs to the point of being saved. That kind of reward can not be measures in dollars and cents, but it is success never the less.
Have a good year in 2017, especially spiritually, this could be the year.

#1121761 - 12/31/16 06:41 PM Re: CELEBRATE YOUR VICTORIESi [Re: Marc Barnette]  
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LOL! you are correct Brian, thank you for that. Was posting and editing all over the place and missed the most important thing. That's why I have you, LOL! Thanks.

Everette, that is exactly right. Congratulations on your Gospel stuff, I am sure you enrich many, probably a lot you don't even know but I am sure they know. Being from an "old Gospel" back ground, I sure do understand all that. My FAther was a Southern Gospel Quartet singer in the late 50's and 60's and was always in love with that music. Actually had a television show in 1960 in Jackson Ms. (Was my first television appearance at two years old. LOL!And actually sang for a time in the original OAK RIDGE BOYS.
My friend Rusty Golden, son of William Lee Golden, (the guy with the long hair and beard) who replaced my Dad, calls him the "Pete Best of the Oak Ridge Boys. Left the group right before they got huge! LOL!

Over the years he introduced me to a lot of those gospel people, JD Sumner, Elvis' Presley's bass singer (who sang on my first Nashville cut), James Blackwood, and many, many more. And my first cousin, Randy Shelnutt, is still a singer in a famous Southern Gospel quartet, the Dixie Echoes.

So I am pretty steeped in Gospel. I know how moving it can be. Good luck and celebrate your victories.

Happy New Year to all of you.

MAB

#1121763 - 12/31/16 09:32 PM Re: CELEBRATE YOUR VICTORIESi [Re: Marc Barnette]  
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I have some recordings of "The Oak Ridge Quartet" singing at The Grand Ol Opry in the 50's. Same group? Different generation?

#1121764 - 12/31/16 11:03 PM Re: CELEBRATE YOUR VICTORIESi [Re: Marc Barnette]  
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Ben,

Yes, same group, but none will have my Father, Grady Barnette, on it. He was a fill in for a couple months of shows as they tried to find a permanent baritone singer. But only on some live shows, no recordings. They finally found William Lee Golden, who is still there today. He is the guy you see with the long white hair and beard. Started that when they went country in the mid 70's.

The Oak Ridge Quartet actually goes back to the late 30's, with changes in membership all that time. In the late 50's and 60's, a popular event was "The All Night singing", which would travel around cities all over the country, featuring 10-15 of the top quartets in the country. People like the Blackwood Brothers, The Statesman, (Those two were the Beatles and the Rolling Stones of Quartets, and Elvis wanted to be a Blackwood Brother, until JD Sumner told him to "stick to driving a truck.")
The Cathedrals, The Oak's, The Inspirations, Cathedrals, etc. would all tour around in their customized buses and perform all over. It would start around 7:00 pm on a Saturday night and go until 2:00 or 3:00 the next morning. End soon enough for people to go to Church on Sunday.

Was sort of a "Christian Lollopalooza!" LOL!

Many of the groups wore the same suits and did much of the same music, "Old Rugged Cross", Just As I Am..." a lot of hymns, and specially written songs. Many were public domain songs so to not have to pay songwriters.

They would change members frequently and since they all knew the same stuff, several would be interchangable, My Dad had his group, THE RHYTHM MASTERS, that would perform at some point on the bill. Then later, he would come out with the Oaks, having switched suits. Was sort of a like a vocal sideman.

He left the business around 1962, but he maintained a lot of those contacts over the years and I used to go to the Quartet conventions and meet a lot of the people he would know over the years.

At one time, in the early 60's, my Dad was recruited by a guy named Jack Marshall, who was an old Quartet guy and friend, to fly both of them in my Dad's small Piper Cub airplane, to Memphis, to meet with Elvis. They went to Graceland and played Elvis in pool while Marshall tried to get him involved in a new Chicken Franchise that was coming out. That was called "KENTUCKY FRIEND CHICKEN." They hung around for a while. Played and lost several games to the King, and then flew back late that night. Elvis never bought into the franchise. He probably would have eaten it into bankruptcy.

My Dad had left the music business by that time but always maintained the connections. In the 80's, he befriended a older famous tenor singer, Rosie Rozelle and did an album on him to sell on Cable television. You know, the "Slim Whitman" kind of ad. We were filming a commercial on it, and I was sent to Rosie's house to pick up his Grammy Award, to use in the commercial.
As I picked it up, the thing fell apart in my hands.
The little bell of the record player came completely off.

I freaked out and had to go to the studio and tell Rosie. He laughed and said that "It had been broken for years. They used it as a doorstop." So much for big time awards. LOL!

Gotta love the Gospel music business.
MAB


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