6 Things Texas Music Can do Better

I recently read an older article on Music Think Tank discussing songwriting and why originality matters (http://www.musicthinktank.com/blog/songwriting-101-why-originality-matters.html).  It really hit home and has some great points.  Being inspired by that article I've decided to write 6 things Texas music can do better.  This comes mostly from conversations with other musicians, my thoughts and the people that support us.  They're simple but sometimes the simplest things are the hardest to change.

1) Bands - Create your own sound: Have you noticed lately how most songs on the radio tend to sound alike?  It's as if the radio market decided we need to listen to the same bass beat and guitar riffs.  It's the greatest thing in the world to be inspired by others musicians.   Copying their style is the worst thing you can do.

2) Bands - Be Gracious:  There are a lot of people involved in putting together bookings, festivals, transportation, contracts, radio, etc.  Support and thank these folks. No one gets to where they are on their own.  A simple thank you goes a long way and sheds the "diva" stigma.

3) Bands - Let your music speak for itself:  Music is not about facebook likes or twitter followers.  Music to me is capturing a moment or an emotion that grounds you. It means a lot of things to other people.  Your music should be YOUR music and not a marketing scheme to "hit the big time." If you love your craft, you've already made it. Don't settle for less.

4) Radio - Give more artists a chance:  A lot of Texas Radio is failing right now.  So called "Texas Music" stations are moving to a Top 40 format.  My gut says that the radio stations drank the kool aid and paid more attention to their sponsors and less attention to what they were playing.  There are some great radio stations and online broadcasts out there but every year that changes.  If Texas radio does not support original songwriting and music we get stuck with the same ol same.  This is exactly where most Texas Radio stations are right now.  I give kudos to Justin Frazell,  Shayne Hollinger and 
http://www.musicscenelive.com/ for being hardcore Texas Music supporters.  I've listened to them push new music way more than any other shows I've listened too.  ( If you know of a radio or web broadcast that supports great Texas Music please leave a comment.  Let's share the good stuff. )

5) Bands - Don't Submit Crap Recordings to Texas Radio: If Texas Radio is going to support you, put a little effort into a decent recording.  With today's gadgets and gizmos there is no reason to submit a song to a radio station you recorded on your iphone.  It's as cheap as it's ever been to get a radio quality recording these days.

6) Fans - Give the music a chance:  The next time you hear a new song or artist, give them a chance to see what they're all about.  Just because an artist doesn't have radio play or has never made the "Texas Music Charts" doesn't mean it's not worthy of a listen.  One of the best things us Texans have going for us is that we have a plethera of music available. At the end of the day it's about what you, as a listener, like or dislike.  In order to do this, you must give each artist a chance. 

There you have it. 6 things Texas Music can do better.  If you have an opinion or idea on what Texas Music needs, add a comment below.

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