Now that I'm safely back at home in the near-freezing fog of Brooklyn, I can tell you guys all about my second day of SXSW Music, which was pretty darned eventful. The day began at a reasonably late hour, due to staying up past my bedtime the night before. When I did finally make my way over to the Austin Convention Center (or "ACC" to those of us in the know), I got there in time for a panel all about how to get your music featured in commercials. Apparently the short answer is, "it's hard." The longer answer is, "it's really hard, but keep at it and good luck!" After that dose of realism, I wandered down to the Flatstock Poster Exhibition where I immediately wanted to spend every last dollar I have (which wouldn't have taken long) on amazing rock posters, t-shirts, and art for me and a lot of people I know. If you're reading this, chances are I saw I a poster I wanted to buy you. But I showed remarkable restraint and only bought myself one robot t-shirt from this guy.
|Please buy me this|
Next up was a panel titled "Songwriters Explain Everything," which sounded pretty useful. But much like imaginary numbers, it turned out to be pretty cool, but of limited practical value. While there wasn't really too much talk about the craft, there were some great live performances from Hayes Carll, Ron Sexsmith, and Hazel Dickens, who is not only adorable, but can still belt it out pretty well for an old lady. Hazel did say something about songwriting that I loved - the moderator was asking the three musicians how they got started with songwriting, and she talked about how she loved singing along with music as a child, but that she would always "run out of verses," so she had to writer her own. I could really relate to that, both as a musician and in particular as a musical improviser.
|Letting Up Despite Great Faults - dig that giant beard!|
More on that in my next post, as well as reviews of the five(!) shows I saw on my final night in Austin, including a honky-tonk klezmer band, the surprise announcement of Her Space Holiday's retirement, and the loudest band in Austin! Stay tuned...