If you haven’t heard about what has gone on with Taylor Swift and Apple this past week, then you must be living in a cave. In case that’s you, I’ll fill you in. Apple decided to make their new music streaming service free for the first three months in order to entice and retain users. During the three months, artists (both signed and indie) would receive no compensation for the plays to their music. Indie musicians spoke out about this infringement upon their copyright...but Apple didn’t listen until Taylor Swift posted an open letter to the company on Sunday from her Twitter account.
So what is the real difference between a local band playing at a local bar and a signed band selling over 20 Million copies of an album like Pink Floyd, besides the obvious? Is it just raw talent or is it marketing and promotion - most likely both. So what does this mean for artists, for the music indutry and for fans of music? I think one of the most important things we all need to recognize is the fact that a good number of the little guys, the local guys, have great talent but they are going unnoticed. Don't believe me?
Ray Wilson spent 15 years of his life without picking up a musical instrument. 15 years of growing his tech company cat-man-du, supporting his family, and making money. But he wasn’t fulfilled. Something was missing. And it wasn’t until he read “How to Find God’s Will” by fellow Amarilloan Josh Wood that he realized that he was made to create music, not just money.
The recording and producing of Ray Wilson’s album “Troubadour” was the result of friendship and the collaboration of creative minds.
Amarillo, Texas is full of talented musicians and Ray Wilson’s backup singer, Angela Monden, stands out among the crowd as one of Amarillo’s brightest and most vibrant. Angela met Ray less than a year ago at Hoot’s Pub where she was singing publicly for one of the first times as a backup singer for musician Dave Regal while Ray played guitar with them. She said they talked about music, gardening, and basically “nerded out.” They were instant friends.
I wanted to write a quick post about the CD Release show for troubadour and give my blog followers a run down of the event. In short, it was an amazing contribution to live Texas music!
I wrote "Underdog" because I had a burning need in my soul to highlight our cultures ever increasing tendency to lavish a person or a group when they are at their best or when they are "winning" but quickly discard them when they appear to be losing - essentially creating a culture of treating people as if they are disposable. From the heartbreak of America's homeless Vets to the growing number of single mothers, this song asks the listener to stop throwing people away after we've used them up.
I’m always asked “who do you sound like?” “what style of music do you play?” or “what does your album sound like?” These are all very good questions as it helps identify to the prospective listener what they might expect to hear and/or feel when listening to my work. It’s the hardest question I’ve ever had to answer because I write and play music, well... the way I do it. I asked a fan on twitter once “who do I sound like - help me out here.” The reply was “You sound like… you! You sound like Ray Wilson, and that’s a good thing.”