I went to Raul Malo’s CD release party this afternoon. I drank mojitoes until I was good and tipsy and then I called Mack and sang “RAaaahooooolllll RRRAAAAaaaahhhhooooolllll” to him.
I found it hilarious anyway.
Can we talk frankly, America?
Okay, it’s like this. There appears to be no one in charge of Nashville. Seriously. If you go out on the town any night of the week, to hear country music being performed, you will hear someone on stage talking about how they make “real” country music unlike what’s being made in Nashville right now. And everyone in the audience will cheer.
You find yourself drinking with some washed up old country star and you’re going to hear about how they just don’t make music like they used to.
But here we are at BMI and the dude introducing Raul Malo is all talking about what a big event this is with folks from all the major studios and all up and down music row and how it just goes to show that when good music is being made, folks who like good music will show up to support it.
I call bullshit.
You cannot have a situation where the audience, the performers, and the music execs all seem to think that there’s some other, better music that’s not getting its due because of the pressures of… I don’t know. I guess whatever group is not around at the moment so that they can be blamed.
If everyone really wanted different, better music, there would be different, better music.
Someone is buying what they’re selling. So, why does the industry itself act ashamed of that?
In other news, even though I’d gone to a CD release party, sadly, no CD got released to me.
Malo had a beautiful voice and an infectious smile. The songs they did sounded good.
Did I mention the mojitoes? And all the big brown-eyed girls standing around me?
I think I need to swoon a little.
Now, where did I put that fainting couch?