Friday, February 17, 2006

How can a small band of music lovers save a community from cultural starvation? I am part of a group of hip live music supporters who have been trying to solve this question for over 15 years. The mission...reach the 2 or 3 percent of the population that it takes to actually have a "live music scene". The mighty little band of live music junkies is one of the coolest groups of people that I have had the privilege to meet. We all jones for the music and indulge in it when it is available. I have been the "connection" for several years now, supplying an ample amount of "the drug" for these music junkies. The problem we have encountered is finding more junkies to help support our growing habit. You see, our small group cannot financially support the supply of live music by ourselves. After all, we have to provide for our families and allow something for our various addictions. So we all do our part, spreading the word, like evangelists. I believe the answer is to keep a strong united front as we battle the conservative attitudes that keep people at home on the couch. Little by little we convert another couch potato into a LMJ (live music junkie). It is so gratifying to see the daily drool fade from their face as they become enlightened by the music. So I encourage you, if you're already a live music junkie, keep the faith, and if you're not, step outside of your gloomy little box and leap into the cool sensation of live music. You'll be so glad that you did. Live music makes the ordinary, extraordinary!

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

It's been so long since I've blogged in, they forgot who I was. Isn't that the way it goes? I have been busy lately covering for a friend who had back surgery. It is a stretch for me to cover this guy. He is a photo editing wizard. At one time I could keep up with him, but now I only work in Photoshop a few times a year so I'm a little out of touch. Since I have become more sales and less production the fast-changing technology is more apparent than ever. I have a love/hate relationship with computers anyway...I love to hate them. Computers have taken a trade that once required great skill and creativity and put it in the hands of the receptionist...(no offense intended). I'm a graphic designer, I completed the studies at 2 art and design colleges. I can draw and paint...with my hands, not a computer mouse! Graphic design is not the only trade that the computers have ruined, the list is endless. Oh, how I wish people were still creating things with only their hands. When I created design projects on the drafting table I knew what I had. Now, with the computer generated projects, you don't know what you have until you print it out...and then it will look different when someone else prints it, and even more different when it is ultimately printed on an actual press. Great, aaghhh! I need to revolt, no more computer generated art, or least get back to creating art the old school way. It would feel great doing art, real art. Art is my music, I need to jam!