This might sound odd…
oh who am I kidding? I don’t care if it sounds odd.
I was thinking today about this sweet young singer I heard about 10 years ago when I went to hear Jonatha Brooke play at the Park West in Chicago. I loves me some Jonatha Brooke, she was awesome, she still is…you should check her out if you don’t know her name or her music.
That aside, though, I was thinking about the sweet young woman who opened for her. She was wonderful, original, funny and her songs were lovely as well. I do not remember her name. I do not remember any particulars about her songs.
I feel as though I’ve missed out somewhere and today I feel convicted…and today I’m going to convict you as well.
If you hear a song you like on the radio or at someone’s house or opening for another act, WRITE IT DOWN and SEEK IT OUT! Better yet, if you see a CD for sale there at the gig. Buy it if you’re able. At the very least get something with their name on it. If you like it, remember it. Do what it takes to remember it.
Being an artist means so often being subject to the whims and fancies of the people who hear our work. It’s honoring for someone to ask me for a recording of my work. I don’t have designs on material gain from my music so I give it away. A GREAT NUMBER of independent artists, however, do sincerely want to earn a living from their craft….not get rich, get famous, what have you…but earn a living. If you like what they’ve done, be a person of support…whether that means talking them up, reviewing them well, referring other people, bringing a friend to their next gig, buying their CD, following them on Twitter, downloading their songs…do it.
I regret how often I’ve let a great song slip away from me after hearing it. Let’s all move toward supporting great art in any way we can. You do make a difference, you really do.