Yup ... I'm back. Just had some work to catch up on (y'see, I also publish a new online newsmagazine now), run errands, write a few articles, and trim my toenails. But I ain't about to let the Mousers (or Uncle Lloyd's memory) down ...
Besides, we of the rock persuasion have to stand united, right? (er, no, not ... that ... "United". er ... ahem! ... different story ...).
So let's kick this off (UNH-unh!! I'm still not referring to ... awww, fuhgidabouddit ...) with a brand new post:
One of the first things that every musical act knows is that, no matter where they are in their career, they have a fan base they need to consider and stay in touch with. Unfortunately, a lot of those on the "oldies" circuit seem to forget that.
I mean, sure, they work their jobs, collect their pay, but go slip-slidin' away into anonymity until the next show. No "one-on-one" with fans beyond the actual gig itself. And, if they do, it's for a little PR to hype their next show.
But there are exceptions: superstars like Mike Lane, Spencer Hannabuss and John Ford Coley (of solo act, The Fore and The 286 and the legendary England Dan and John Ford Coley fame respectively) are lads that, I know for a fact, take time for any and all of their fans. All three of these are on Facebook, btw, so you can follow and even chat with them there.
Basically, troops, it's like this: If they ain't gonna forget you, then don't you forget them (NOTE: the preceding statement does not apply to tax men, bill collectors or telemarketers ...).
But, y'know, it's really the same thing in norml, everyday life with norml, everyday, non-musicminded people. If they are of the mettle (not heavy mettle, but I digress. I'm not discriminatory ...) that they've stood with you since your salad days, they deserve you being there for them even though you've had a taste of the entree!!
As one singer out of Charlotte, NC told me once: "Some singers act like their fans don't really exist. But, without them, their records wouldn't really exist; their shows wouldn't really exist; and the only popularity they'd get would be if the papers ran their obituary. Or wedding announcement, whichever comes first."
It doesn't matter if you're in the music business or a dishwasher, the same thing holds true, right?
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