“Rock stars were once such mythical creatures
Up there with Presidents, playmates and preachers” — Old 97’s
–Observations and Opinions of Melanie Garell –featured image Bismuth RVA with Damson Blaze 4/21/2018 The Groove Music Hall
I love meeting musicians in their early stages of development. They bond over their common interest without competitive backstabbing. You know, the kind of backstabbing that we see in our society in other fields. As I have said before I get a thrill from seeing the joy in young musician’s faces when they find an opportunity to share their music. Musicians need each other for these opportunities. There is room for everyone to be heard, there is a fan base for every genre and always a friend to be made. Some of these friendships last a lifetime while others are fleeting, but the value is insurmountable.
Behind the stage I have watched people bond very quickly, most of them will tell you that musicians are some of the most sincere and loving people out there. This has been my experience as well. Yes, I occasionally run into an egomaniac and a recluse; but they are few and far between. I almost guarantee, when one musician talks to another they both end or begin their conversation with “How can we help each other?” Yes, they want something from each other…they want the same thing. Collaboration.
That collaborative opportunity is strong and it crosses generations of musicians. This series of articles will focus on those musicians that have been there and done that. These guys and gals give without question overwhelming support to the musicians of tomorrow.
Meet Keith Bowniece from the Hopscotch Kidnappers
Can we keep Keith’s music alive? –with Keith Bowniece and The Hopscotch Kidnappers