Archive for the ‘Texas Music’ Category

The NPR Public Editor has got to Go!

May 9, 2019

The Public editor has time to talk about a theme song switch on one morning news show, but won’t talk about NPR’s policy that blocks all mention of the entire music revolution where thousands and thousands of musicians are against the Big 3, the three old men, no women, that control the entire music industry.

Time for a new Public Editor, one who covers our serious concerns, and goes beyond this lite coverage.

This PE has become a watchdog for NPR, not listeners. We need someone new.

Tom Hendricks
Musea since 1992

Musicians Don’t Write Your Own Songs

April 27, 2019

CALLING ALL MUSICIANS!!!
PLEASE! PLEASE! PLEASE! don’t write your own songs!

HERE GOES: I’ve never heard your songs, but I can say with 99.9% accuracy that they are not good.

Through decades I’ve written over 2,000 songs – 2,089 as of today, and when I started out, I thought that my songs were great. But after composing the first hundred, I threw all of them away but one or two, because they were bad songs. Then I began getting better.

HERE’S THE RULE: For every thousand great guitar players or great singers, or great drummers, there is maybe ONE good songwriter. Find him! Search him out , make his best songs yours, and get a career for yourself.

This does not mean a corporate moon/june hack. Find a songwriter who thinks like you, who writes songs like you were trying to do, and that has lyrics that you can put your heart into. Great songwriters write great songs; they don’t write trash that you will be embarrassed to perform. Find them and ask to hear everything they have got.

Right now the Big 3, the 3 companies that control music and determine if you have a career (spoiler alert – you don’t, none of us do), are against good songwriting. Just look at the top 100. So that means the great new songwriters are out there, waiting, and as hungry for a fair chance in music as you are. *

Some music execs advise you to write your own music and MAKE ALL THE MONEY! But they are wrong. HERE’S THE TRUTH; You will be spending all your money in studios, recording bad songs that will drain your bank account, loose the good will and interest of all the fellow musicians working with you, turn off your audience, and drag down what little career you have achieved.

But if instead, you record ONE great song by a talented songwriter, you will have a hit and a career that will follow you for the rest of your life!

But Tom, you say, the people LOVE my songs. OK then put that love to the test. Contact the people who LOVE your songs and tell them that you will give each of them 1% of ownership of your entire catalogue of songs for $10,000 dollars. See what happens. See who wants to invest in your songwriting! Put your songs to the real test and see how good they are.

Musicians, 99% of you that write songs – and more power to you – write as many as you like; BUT, keep them to yourselves, and stop
embarrassing yourself in public at least until you get a rare rare rare good one. OR

Record the best songs of those few songwriters who can write great songs. OR

Put your spin on great classic songs.

BTW if you are one of the .01% that are good at writings songs, you already know you have real talent, you probably have agreed with most of this post but know it doesn’t apply to you, and you are not one bit discouraged from what I say. Keep writing!

To all the rest: remember if you have one hit song, you have a career for life. If you never have a hit, you don’t have a career at all (with hardly any exceptions to the rule).

Good composers are rare. This essay is for current musicians and songwriters creating new music in all genres from country, blues, and rock, to pop, MOR, jazz, rap, and folk; but let’s take classical music for example. Why? Because everyone has heard of these composers.

Compare how many good orchestras there are in the world with how many good Bachs, Mozarts, and Beethoven’s there are!

Comments welcome, but beware – until you have put 5 decades into writing songs like I have, I may not give your ideas much credence!

*(Join the Music Revolution, end the Big 3 control of all music. and open it up to all, not just the 1% that make 70% of all the money.)

Tom Hendricks

Recent Cheap Cassette Videos – H and PDG

March 23, 2019

Music Music Music! Songs Songs Songs!

RECENT SONG DEMOS:

Grand World
Unabashedly Optimistic Song.

Guitar
Song for Lead Guitarists to Solo

Video
Video protesting videos!

Watching TV
Guitar Instrumental

Basket Girl
Wolves and Hunters here!

From Me To You
Classic Beatle song

Color My World
Classic from Chicago

Backstage at the Fashion Show
Guitar instrumental

Before Going On Stage
The Warm Up Song

Bam! Bam! Bam!
Rhythm and Blues about getting there on time.

Cherry Tree
Instrumental

Blink of an Eye
Bittersweet song of lost loves.

Rock, Paper, Scissors
Hand Dancing. Can you do the moves?

Jingle Jangle Day
Surely one of my happiest songs with the least amount of lyrics.

Road Chorus
Should be played loud while on the road.

Someone Who Loved Me
Two friends or lovers?

Shoo Bop
Song for background singers everywhere.

Cello (a Love Story)
Man falls in love with a Cello player next door.

Goodbye to War
Title says it all.

Lullaby (a Mother Goose Rhyme)
Pure melody and voice – nothing else.

I Was There
Simple instrumental for all your memories.

All the Birds in the World
Synthesizer song – lots of joy in these notes.

Happy Birthday Song
Now you have two choices for birthdays.

AND

TeXas Video Showdown.
This is the ongoing, worst video ever made… for a good reason – to support the music revolution against the 3 CEOs that have ruined it. Thousands have viewed this one over a few years. Join the music revolution by supporting this worst video ever!

Comment:

From January 6th 2017 to July 2, 2018 I have written the music to 225 songs!

That is more than 12 a month for 18 months. Brings my total to over 1,950 songs. The 225 songs are from Song #1730 – #1955.

For comparison, the Beatles wrote about 190 songs total in their career. I did more than that in 18 months, and ten times that in total so far. But are they anywhere as good? Play them and see for yourself!

(March 2019 – 2,070 songs total.)

I had planned to record many of these, but I’m not going to go into a recording studio until the music stops flowing!

So instead I’ve done some, NOT studio recordings, but rough minute demos of some of these 225 songs I call CHEAP CASSETTE DEMOS.

Please go to my youtube channel, listen to any that interest you, and give them a thumbs up (literally just lifting a finger.)
Search TomHendricksMusea or video floor at the big website.

For 150 studio recordings go to the music ‘floor’ on my website tomhendricks.us or see wikipedia.

Tom Hendricks

The Blockers

March 15, 2019

The Blockers.

These are media sources, advocacy groups, etc. that do not talk about progressive music, musicians, or music ideas. Why? Time to ask them! Readers suggest others you think should be on the list.

To get your name off the list, report the news in a way that is fair to all.

1 NPR (radio)
2. Dallas Observer (media)
3 Dallas Morning News (media)
4. KERA (radio)
5. Commercial Stations (radio / tv)
6. KNON (Dallas music radio station)
7. Texas Music Office (gov. org.)
8. KERA (radio)
9. Texas Music Magazine
10. TYT, the Young Turks (media watchdog)
11. Project Censored (media watchdog)
12. FAIR (media watchdog)
13. Texas Standard (radio news.)
14. Takeaway (radio news.)
15. Billboard (music media)
16. Rolling Stone, Spin, etc. (music media)
17. SXSW (music festival)
18. Digital Music News (music media).
19. BBC (and all foreign press.)
20. Pop Culture Happy Hour (radio show)
21. Think (Dallas radio show).
22. All Songs Considered (radio show)
23. KXT ( Dallas music radio station.)
24. The Tech giants (all of them that deal with music.)

Videos

March 9, 2019

Videos? Maybe it’s time to give them a rest and get back to the audio, the music!

When you have to spend thousands to make a video, that means 99% of musicians can’t have careers. It’s a way to keep the music corporate, generic, and bland. TeXas Video Showdown, the worst video ever made, on purpose; protests all this and the fact that only 3 men control the music industry (CEO’s from Warners, Sony, Universal) When was the last time you heard a musician protest anything in the music business?

What if you are a great musician, but you don’t want to spend 100 thousand on a video?
What if you are a great musician but don’t like teen pop that always sounds the same?
What if you are a great musician but you don’t support the 3 CEO’s that control the music business?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKQUeB6srlA


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