300//\\265//\\300 (#17)

Monday, May 12th, 2014


Predicting the weather must be a difficult thing to do.

I don’t know much about meteorology, but I know how often I have experienced weather contrary to that of the prediction for it. I also know that meteorologists aren’t stupid. If a group of smart, expertly trained professionals can be incorrect as often as they are when it comes to the forecast, even with technological assistance, I can only assume that predicting the weather in my part of the world can not be easy.

It’s possible they don’t miss with their predictions as often as I think they do– maybe it’s just one of those things that you only notice when it doesn’t work out… I’m not trying to be unfair here– I’m just working on an analogy.

Releasing new music is a lot like meteorology.

The conditions might seem right for an artist to grow his/her audience by releasing new music, just as conditions might seem right for a large thunderstorm.

Sometimes that happens– sometimes you put out a record at the perfect time and it does amazing things for your career. I think Jason Isbell’s artistically solid album Southeastern is a good example of this. Conditions were right for the world to eat up a new Isbell record, and Isbell delivered with his strongest album yet.

Other times it doesn’t work– you feel like your audience is primed and ready for new material, you feel like the songs are all there and that people will take notice, and then you end up reaching the same ears that you reached with your last album.

It’s not an indictment of the record– it’s simply the way in which the business works.

A meteorologist can tell you that the conditions are right for a thunderstorm, but he can’t tell you exactly where that lightning is going to strike.

time: 3:20 PM
date: Monday, May 12th
place: home, New Braunfels, TX
words: 299

300//\\365//\\300 is a writing exercise– 300 entries over 365 days, each no longer than 300 words (I’m not so hot at sticking to the last part).


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  1. Pete Kelly says:

    You can put yourself where the thunderstorm is, but I guess sometimes you have to trust to sheer blind luck to see the lightning. Hope things are great with you. You really do improve my life with your music. Thank you. Pete

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