Thanksgiving Day

One of the things I’m thankful for this year is moving this summer to one of the best areas for live country music (south of Austin). It’s not why I moved, but it’s a nice perk. I have no close friends here, other than my brother, so the music gives me something to dig into. In the last week, I saw an act from Saskatchewan  who grew up on a farm, selling urine from pregnant horses to a pharmaceutical company, and an Australian who grew up in a lobster fishing village. The week before, I saw a Texas fiddler who has a couple of Grammy awards. Each of these acts played for hours for just tips. I think most locals here take it all for granted, but I grew up in an area where such opportunities were far more scarce.

As a music fan, I’m also thankful for free streaming. I understand why many creators of music hate it, but as a consumer, more music is available for free now than ever before. As someone who graduated college a few years before ever getting on the internet, and with a telephone plugged into the wall, it’s magic to be able to walk around with a phone, listening to any music I want to hear for free. Every “advance” in technology brings new problems, too, but I go to a lot more concerts now than I did years before.

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2 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Day

  1. Very nice piece for the holidays. I also stream a lot given my blog, but I always buy the music I love. I think as long as you support the artist in some way it’s all alright (and in this day and age, touring is the best way to go).

    Those sound like some interesting artists you saw. It does show the hard work the artists do to get where they are, and your average consumer doesn’t see that.

    Have a happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. Yes, I should’ve added a line about making an effort to support the artists in some way. We try to tip well, in addition to buying the CDs from the artists and so on. It’s amazing the hours some of them put in. Some have full time jobs, and some tour all year, but they love what they do.

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