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“Americana Nights”

Starting in March 2018, Gigable will be producing a series of shows at River Street Tavern in East Dundee, IL.

Americana Nights is a series of live shows featuring the best and brightest up and coming talent in these genres – Roots/Americana/Alt-Country/Folk. The shows will be on Sundays or Wednesdays with an occasional Friday or Saturday depending on the artist.

River Street Tavern is fantastic American-style restaurant/bar. The performance room can seat 80 comfortably with a max capacity of 100. They have a roomy elevated stage that will host dozens of artists over the coming months.

Reserved seats for the shows will start at $7.

For tickets and playlists, download the free Gigable app: http://bit.ly/2tWMVjf

$25 VIP Passes Available ($50 Value)

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Ideas Music New Music

The Problem With Music

It seems every time I get to talking to friends and family about music, I hear the same complaint. “There’s no good music today” or “it’s too hard to find good music.”

This always baffles me since almost every song you could ever want is a few clicks away. iTunes, Pandora, Spotify, Rhapsody (anyone still use that?), YouTube, Kickstarter, Daytrotter, Bandcamp, Facebook, Twitter – and the list goes on.  Of course, FM radio is still here and there are thousands of stations across the U.S. that curate excellent music.

So what is the real issue?  I think it’s two-fold:

  • The style of music for a certain market segment (40-80 year olds) is no longer being recorded. Think AC/DC, The Band, Ozzy, CCR, etc..
  • There’s too many sources for music so we get trapped in a paradox of choice.

 

Spotify alone has over 20 million songs in their catalog. It is said that there are over 97 million songs recorded in the world. On average, the typical music fan is introduced to 50 songs per year. Let that sink in.

If we look a little closer to that market segment that I mentioned, 40-60 year-olds.  They grew up on rock-and-roll, generally speaking. The most ‘pop’ular form of music being promoted from 1950 – 1995 was some form of rock-and-roll.  This is the genre that several generations of people are connected too.  They have emotional ties to this style.  All the best memories of growing up are connected with songs from this era.

I think what people are complaining about is that they cannot find new songs that move them emotionally like they remembered back when they were much younger. Our young minds were filled with hope, aspirations, discovery and love. The songs presented to us during that period are permanently attached to those feelings. This should explain nostalgia.

So now, here we are later in life with some money to spend and the music that is popular is appealing to.. yep, young people. Go figure.

However, I believe there is hope for gen-x and baby boomers to discover new music. Many of us in this generation are discovering great new music. We just need a more effective way of sharing our discoveries.

But wait, isn’t sharing music illegal? Yes, it is and that is part of the problem.  You cannot buy a CD or MP3 and make copies to give to your friends.  That could cost you $250,000 and up to 5 years in jail. Think about that, you just found an awesome song in iTunes and you make a copy to send to your sister. Felony.

Ok, so beyond all the antiquated laws of copyright infringement, we need a better sharing model. One that allows the “curators” to find the good stuff and easily share it with people. The way it stands today, corporations are curating music for us.  Honda is sharing Michael Bolton with me.  Allstate is sharing Philip Phillips with me.  And it used to be that all the radio advertisers (with a little help from program directors) curated rock-and-roll for us in the 70s and 80s.

I would like people I know (or don’t know for that matter) with good taste to share music with me.

So, what is the problem with music?  Well, it’s certainly not the music’s fault. 97 million songs in the world and people think 96, 999,500 of them are bad? Probably not. We just don’t know what they sound like, yet.

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Change is good

I’ve made a few changes for my music and blog site.  What you are looking at is the new blog which will be at mikeechlin.com.

My original website containing my music, gigs, etc. can be found at music.mikeechlin.com.

Welcome back and let’s talk!  What say you?

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Music

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello!

I hope you all are enjoying a day off and giving some thanks!  

I spent the morning in the studio working on some new songs by Nick Kraly.  Look for these new tracks in December.

There are three new songs posted on 1000SongMission.com this week.

Tell Her This is a Del Amitri cover song that has been a staple in my acoustic set for years.  Love playing this song.  I used a recently acquired Ibanez acoustic that was given to me by Fox Valley Performance Center (ok – I won it in a raffle).  But, it’s very cool and designed by local company called Artisticology.

The next tune is called Posters and was recorded at a house concert last summer.  I played bass on this song and it was performed by Michael Gurley (dada).  This was really a highlight to play with Michael as I have been a huge dada fan for 20 years!

The third song is the classic, Sweet Child ‘o Mine!  This tune was requested by one of our Executive Producers, James Hargrave from the land down under.  Thanks again James!

That’s all for now – enjoy your turkey or tofu or whatever.

Look for several new tunes in December.