Visiting with a good friend, we swapped stories while sitting on a wall in the alley behind our offices. It was the first warm day of the year. My friend told me how he would sneak in to the state fair. “That was before you went to law school, I assume”, I said. My friend is also my lawyer.
We sat outside for over an hour as we talked about the last fifty years. I mentioned my first experience with country music was about fifty years ago, to which my friend replied “The Easter parade is this weekend”. I thought he changed the subject.
We talked about the “grand marshall”, a big guy we all know well, who always wears bib overalls, but who will actually wear a tuxedo for Saturday’s parade. As the conversation ended, and we prepared to go back to our offices, my friend said
The Easter parade has been going on for many years. It’s basically the same, but always different. People make it different, and we watch the parade because of them. Children are thrilled by the newness, and the rest of us watch an endless stream of people. Music is no different. An endless supply of traditional country music is fine, but the people are most important. Continue to focus on the people, both those who paved the road, and those going down it today. Tell ’em what they’re seeing. That’s why our Easter parade has an MC. You just can’t hear him way down the road.
My friend is a very smart guy, and a very good lawyer. I went back to my desk wondering if I would receive a bill for his bit of wisdom. He is right, but I thought about how months would go by, and traditional country music played in the background. From time to time I would search Google for more information. One search, two or three minutes of reading, and I went back to what I was doing.
It’s nice that the information is there, and readily available. As I thought about the time and effort put into The Country Classics, I realized it is a labor of love. But then I thought about time and effort of songwriters, musicians, and artists producing traditional country music today. I suppose Lacy J. Dalton was right when she said “God bless the boys who made the noise…”
Traditional country music is an international event. Men and women work so hard to produce new music, while – as my friend said – we continue to focus on the people, both those who paved the road, and those going down it today.