The Year of Country

Back in January I declared 2007 the Year of Country Music.  The goal?  To write country songs and get them recorded and, as a result, make a lot of money.  Why?  One top 40 country “hit” is worth approximately six years of number one songs on Adult Christian radio and that kind of cash would allow me to give my own music away and play concerts for free easily…quite easily.

I have a couple friends who’ve made it big in the country writing scene and they’ve offered to co-write with me so, here we go.

I sit down to write a song every day.  Not an entire song, actually, but some piece of one at least.  And lately what’s been coming out quite easily is country pop, which, as it turns out, sounds a lot like 4Him in the early nineties.  Go figure.  It’s an easy sound to channel lately.  So I’m going with it. 

Soon I’ll sit in a room with country lyricists and melodists and we’ll work on one or all of these snippets I’ve coughed up recently and, hopefully, one of them will become a big fat hairy hit.

The thing is, some musicians consider this selling out, sacrificing art for wealth.  Well, yea.  My question?  Why is that a moral no no?  Why is it wrong, to some, to use talent in a way that draws a large crowd, that sells out: sells out theatres, stadiums, etc?  Why, especially when the resulting plunder is used for good, is this morally repulsive to some more “artful” musicians?  What if “art” were suddenly more popular than country top 40?  Would it be “selling out” to make it then?

While we ponder these and other not-so-important questions, here’s today’s snippet of sell-out goodness, sans lyrics.