By Ken Wallis, Blues & Roots Radio
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I usually start each blog with a blues quote. This time, it’s a long quote as it’s a Facebook posting by Lily Sazz of the band, Cootes Paradise.
“Every day, I’m reminded that the era of selling physical music (vinyl excepted) is over. Today’s reminder went like this:
Successful health care provider: “Wow! I didn’t know you were a professional musician! My boyfriend is in a band! Where can I get your music? Are you on iTunes or anything?”
Me (holding my CD in hand through the whole conversation): “Yes, we are on iTunes, YouTube, Spotify, etc. OR you could buy a CD to support local artists. But then maybe you don’t have a CD player?”
Successful health care provider: “Ha ha. Like who has cash anymore?”
I sat in the chair and said “Aaaaahhh”.
So there you have it. It’s a tough sell for artists to get folks to buy their cds. In this day and age, it costs a band upwards of $20,000 to produce a cd. And artists need to record their music for air play. It gives them the exposure needed to attract audiences. Therefore, the next time you attend a concert, make sure you buy a cd. And remember, BRING CASH!
Many thanks to Lily Sazz for allowing me to use her posting. Lily is part of a marvellous band out of Dundas, Ontario called Cootes Paradise.
Hard Working Man : The Music And Miracles Of Danny Brooks
There’s a documentary out there on the life of Danny Brooks. It comes from Blues Harp Entertainment, produced by Christopher Darton. The documentary is a remarkable tale of perseverance and determination. It’s a fascinating portrait of Danny Brooks, the singer, the songwriter, the traveller.
From aspiring musician to a successful career, from addiction to prison and then salvation, Danny Brooks has done it all. The documentary highlights all the good times as well as the bad times.
It’s a bio-documentary that also touches on some famous Canadian music establishments like the Colonial Tavern, The Moonshine Café, Grossman’s Tavern and the dusty roads of Texas. A who’s who of blues history featuring so many of Canada’s blues artists like Cheryl Lescom, Gary Kendall, Jerome Godboo, Lance Anderson and Jim Casson just to mention a few.
It’s an uplifting story of spiritual discovery combined with a fortitude to make it in the music industry. As Danny sings in his tune, You’ll Find a Way:
“Sometimes you got to lose it all, before you find your way.”
Do yourself a big favour and snag a copy of this documentary by contacting Christopher Darton on Facebook at Blues Harp Entertainment or email him at Christopher. Darton@gmail.com
Here’s Danny performing at the Moonshine Café
Where’s the Music Going?
There’s been a lot of chatter of late about the shape of the music industry. Some folks say that cover bands are taking over many venues and driving out the original artists. Others say that, especially for the blues, audiences are older and want to go to an early show, not a show that starts at 11:00. All these opinions have a solid basis in facts. But you know what? It doesn’t have to be the case. All it takes is for music lovers to get off their easy chairs and support live performances. And oh yeah, buy their cds while you’re at it.
Cause it’s simply the blues!