I’m sure that it was a good show, even a great show, but unfortunately I didn’t get to find out. I would’ve love to have checked out the show that I previewed a few days ago, a show that undoubtedly was the hot ticket of the summer, possibly even the year. But, it wasn’t to be. Sure, I would’ve bought tickets, and had done so if I wasn’t with the understanding that I was being granted access to the show per a certain PR company months before the actual event. Turns out the day before the show, I am informed by the PR company that I had been cut from the list. Fingers are pointed of course, and I’m not exactly sure who I am to hold responsible for this move, but something took course that changed my plans for the evening. Something that I would like to hear a more concrete answer about, because I’m slightly pissed.
I should probably take this time to explain a few things.
First off, I understand that I’m very fortunate to be granted access to many an event such as this. I’m grateful. It was never expected, and I’m always appreciative of the fact that bands/managers/PR companies are so willing to extend the graces that they do. Of course it doesn’t come completely free. In return, I preview shows, write about tours, cover shows with commentary and photography. Crappy job huh? Actually, it’s a pretty good gig. The endless emails can be tiring at times, especially when the folks emailing me, haven’t spent the time to get to know what I really do, who I might be interested in, or actually respond when I do email back, but there are the few that actually do what they do, well.
Secondly, my life doesn’t revolve around the blog. The blog doesn’t pay my bills. I love writing about music, and if I could make a living at it, I would be tickled pink. But, the reality is, that most of us in the blog scene here in Austin, do it because we love music. We have jobs that pay the bills. Jobs that maybe we have to work around the shows that we would love to attend, promote, cover, etc. Some of us are teachers, some of us are freelance writers, some of are 9 to 5′ers, some of us work in different areas of the service industry, etc, etc. I’m sure that I’m not alone in saying that, if at all possible, many of us would jump at the opportunity to write about and support music as a living, but we are all very aware of the condition of the industry these days. Blogging is a side job, a passion, something that has to be secondary to making a living. Not always the case, but for most I know in this town, it is.
You might wonder where I’m going with this? Really nowhere. I could rant and rave, call out people, complain about the situation even more, while trying to make myself feel better, but why? I write mostly because of how I feel about something. Usually music. And that has provided me with many a luxury that I previously wasn’t privy to, and I’m thankful for that. But then again, this is a blog, my blog, and If I feel like venting about something that pisses me off, then I’ll do so, as it usually makes me feel better. If I upset someone, or create a dialog, then all the better. I don’t claim to always be right, but I do have the right to my opinion, like it or not. And my opinion is… somebody f***** me on this deal! I could’ve been at the beach. See..I already feel better. Much better actually. Maybe it just wasn’t meant to be…
Hope you enjoyed the show.
So, this is for you..the fans:
Stream the live performances from the Parish (decent quality)
MP3> Grizzly Bear @ The Parish 6.16
MP3> Here We Go Magic @ The Parish 6.16