What really grinds my gears is seeing people, and other musicians even, tear somebody else’s music down on social media. There’s a huge difference between honest and appropriate reviews and a hate mail rant.
Maybe it’s not your cup of tea sound or you don’t like or relate to the lyrics. Okay. Move on. Going out of your way to tell everyone how much it sucks is a real good use of your time…
Another side of this is when people say Nashville is ruining country music. I think it’s an unfortunate close-minded opinion when people give Nashville the middle finger and make a blanket statement that everyone there sucks. You’re entitled to that, sure. But if you think that you haven’t spent enough time there to see the endless amount of incredibly talented song writers or the artists who are unimaginably good but just haven’t hit yet. And if you’ve got an attitude like that, you’re better off not coming to town.
What a lot of fans and people not involved in the music industry don’t see is all the work musicians put in every day. The singer/song writer is in the writing room, studio, and writer’s rounds during the week and then is on the road Thursday-Sunday almost every single week. Bar gigs, shitty routing, crashing on couches are just a few of the things they deal with. And yeah, you gotta pay your dues and work your way up. That’s why you don’t see them complaining. There is no reward without hard work. They’re playing their hearts out as if there’s thousands of people in front of them. And for the bigger artists who have found success. Obviously something is working or they wouldn’t be huge names in music. Could you do better?
Jason Aldean’s song “Crazy Town” gives a glimpse into the aspiring musician’s life when they’re first getting started.
We love it, we hate it, we’re all just tryin’ to make it, in this crazy town.
So respect their grind. And don’t come running when they make it big and you want in on that action.