Today I became My Cousin Rick…
In my book I tell the story of how my cousin Rick introduced me to the band Boston by playing me their vinyl record. I share in detail how that experience influenced me and more importantly what aspiring musicians can learn from it. The way in which my cousin Rick shared Boston with me is something artists need to notice – Is your music being shared with others with a sense of passion and excitement? My cousin Rick could have played me any of hundreds of albums, but he chose Boston. When cousin Rick has one opportunity to share great music, will your music stand out among the rest? Is your music creating the same passion and emotion in people where they just have to share it with someone else?
Today a good friend of mine, Kirk Adam, held a Record Exchange and Swap event at my music venue, Deep South The Bar.
Not to get on a nostalgia kick, but it was heart-warming to see people with such passion over music. The most notable to me however was my bar manager, Cameron Pittman who is 24 years old.
At this Record Exchange Cameron was witnessing first-hand the excitement people had over their record collection. So without even owning a record player, he dove right in and started talking music – album music – with other music enthusiasts.
He talked about music that came from an era when just writing good songs wasn’t enough. It was a time when you actually had to sing and perform all the parts well, because there were no computers to correct your mistakes. It was a time when songwriting was different – Artists wrote songs with the thought of making a full and complete album. Because just one dud on an album and you could potentially lose your listener. They would pick up the needle and move on to the next album in their collection. So your music had to flow well from one song to the next. And it had to be great music – performed and played at the highest level possible.
It’s not like that anymore. And all of this is not to say brilliant music doesn’t exist today – It absolutely does. It’s just to say the process of making, and the emotion behind, the music was different pre-internet-generation.
So Cameron bought a stack of his first albums today, prepared to discover music in a brand new way. Upon leaving the Record Exchange & Swap, he went to a local store and purchased his first record player.
I felt the need to share with him what my cousin Rick had shared with me – one of the greatest rock albums of all time. So I purchased the first Boston album and gave it to Cameron. When he got home he played it. It would be his first time discovering music as a whole, as a complete conglomeration of brilliant songs. Cameron heard Boston like I did some 30+ years ago.
Brilliant music has a way of standing the test of time. Brilliant music makes people excited. And when you make brilliant music, your cousin Rick is sure to tell someone about it.