I’m sitting on a train en route to Liverpool from London with David Gray’s Mutineers playing in the headphones. As the English countryside whizzes by, I can’t help but think about what an incredible experience this has been for me.
A few months ago in Atlanta, I was sitting in Chastain Park Amphitheater watching David Gray perform in complete awe. I’ve seen him play several times before, but this show was particularly noteworthy. He had an energy about him that was significantly elevated from previous shows. Any list that I might have of my favorite artists living or dead would certainly have him toward the top.
A couple of days ago, a good friend sent me a text asking me if I would be interested in going to see K.D. Lang at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta. It was one of those moments where I couldn’t say yes fast enough – thank you Steven!
In 1992, K.D.’s album Ingénue was released and I remember playing it over and over again in the record store I worked in, listening in awe to her unbelievable vocal range. Her vocal talents are unmatched in any performer I have ever had the pleasure of watching live.
I’ll say it again – tonight’s performance was hands down the best vocal performance I have ever heard in my entire life. It was magical. Continue Reading…
It’s been a week of great music. I wrote about the phenomenal David Gray concert I attended on Tuesday, but there was a lot more musically that I wanted to highlight.
Thursday night, I went up to the lake to work on my friend Jack’s CD artwork for the soon-to-be-released Black Swan Lane album, Staring Down the Path of Sound. Jack has been a friend and a client of mine for 10 years, but it wasn’t until this recent release that he let me participate in the creation of one of his albums.
Over the past year or so, I’ve been listening to rough cuts of songs from the band and giving him feedback that has helped shape the final selections on the album. Continue Reading…
Tonight, I was fortunate to attend a truly remarkable concert by my favorite singer/songwriter, David Gray. Generally speaking, I let life unfold without a lot of expectations, but since I’ve seen David perform 3 times before, I couldn’t help but expect to experience something amazing.
He did not disappoint tonight.
In fact, there is no way I could have imagined a concert this incredible.
It was literally THAT good.
With all the hype around Facebook, it’s easy to forget that MySpace is still a major player in social networking. I’ve written on this topic before, but I thought it might be good to have a quick refresher on the subject. I ran across an article earlier that describes how Timberland launched a new initiative using MySpace to reach out to 18-34 men by aligning the brand with a popular ‘sports rapper’ – check out the article here. I was particularly drawn to the quote about MySpace not getting the credit it deserves. I share that sentiment and continue to encourage our clients to explore opportunities on MySpace. Last month, we launched a MySpace program for Zoo Atlanta, and there has been an incredible amount of engagement just one month into the program.
Earlier this morning, I went onto the site to see if the new David Archuleta album was available on MySpace Music yet (yes, I admit it – I like the kid’s voice), and although the whole album is not available to stream on the site yet, what stuck out to me was the volume of comments on his MySpace page. All of the visible comments are from today only and the page has over 45,000 comments total! Granted, he almost won American Idol and his album came out yesterday, but the point is that there is still a huge contingent of people who are active MySpace users despite the explosive growth of Facebook. This is especially true when music is factored into the equation. I have yet to discover a new band on Facebook, but on MySpace it happens all the time.
Keep this in mind as you are planning your social media initiatives for 2009. I wouldn’t leave any stone left unturned. Some opportunities for engagement are just too important to pass up.