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Thursday, May 29th, 2014

San Angelo was about to run out of water. I’m not talking about people not being able to water their lawns– I’m talking about running out of water. The lakes were gone. The reservoirs were all but empty. There was a countdown clock to the days that Angelo was going to run out of water online, and the number was frighteningly low.

And then last week San Angelo’s luck changed. 8 inches of rain fell in three days. The lakes filled to capacity. The reservoir levels jumped way up. The Concho River picked up the pace and started moving. That doomsday countdown clock now extends beyond 380 days.

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The music business can be frustrating– how else can you describe an industry that can’t promise its talent pool a single guarantee as far as success is concerned?

Want to lose weight? You can follow a bunch of steps and do that.
Want to learn Russian? You can take classes and do that.
Want to be an Astronaut? Well, that one is a little harder, but if you pass all the tests and follow the training regimen and prove that you’re the best person for the job– guess what? You get to be an Astronaut.

(I’m not sure if the word Astronaut is always spelled with a capital A, but it should be)

You can be the best songwriter, the best singer, the best entertainer– and being the best at all of those things certainly helps– but it doesn’t guarantee you any success. This business is not a meritocracy. At all.

The only thing you can do is be ready to capitalize on a lucky break.

San Angelo has a vast system of lakes and reservoirs to capitalize on a lucky break of rainfall. What do you have on your side?

time: 4:17 pm
date: Thursday May 29th
place: home, New Braunfels, TX
words: 297

3 Comments

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  1. Ashley Roberts says:

    If success is measured with a fat wallet I can’t help you there but if it is measured by how many times a person connects with a song you should be overflowing in unmentionable wealth.
    I have to admit I do love the adrenaline rush of being on the front row of a stadium full of screaming fans but at the same time sitting under a pavilion listening to a couple of guys with guitars take jabs at each other between songs is a “high” more memorable than money can buy.So while I wish the “small hometown boys much success, the greed in me wishes they remain hungry because in that lies the soul behind every lyric that feeds my hunger for “real” music.

  2. Larry Hooper says:

    I see what you’re saying. I’ll dig a lake!

  3. drewkennedy says:

    the water supply in San Angelo is currently expected to last 547 days– if you want to check out my source for that it’s right here: http://www.gosanangelo.com/news/2014/may/29/deluge-raises-lake-water-levels/

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