I just got an email from Bret reminding me and all of us NMP Members to log in and check in and stay active. Guilty as charged! It made me think about myself, the State of the Music Business, Social Networking sites in general and this one in particular.
This is different from Facebook, MySpace (aka Free Band Webpage Space), Linked In, etc. This is for all of us in the Nashville Music Industry. I don't know about you guys, but it's been getting a little lonely out there and gigs are harder to come by. What has always worked for me in the past was to get out and do "the hang", hit the clubs, sit in, hand out cards, you know the old drill. Nashville has always been about networking, but here we are holed up in our home studios, posting on Facebook where our musings get lost in Sports, Political Squabbles, Random Cute Cat Videos, etc. It's fun, but it's not "networking" as I remember it.
Maybe before NMP withers up and blows away we can make it what it was at it's best-a great way to connect, network and share ideas with fellow Musicians, Producers, Writers, Engineers, etc. I'm all in! Facebook's fun and all, but it's not helping the datebook too much (is it just me or is this a particularly stinky January?). I'm going to hang out here more. And, since my January has been particularly stinky I'd like to remind everyone that besides teaching Electric Bass and String Bass very, very well I can also play them very, very well on Live Gigs and Studio Sessions if anyone has need. So can a lot of my Bass Brothers and Sisters on here. There is an amazing talent pool here. Let's reconnect and shake things up a bit more in town! How about it?