At my Wednesday Night Events we have so much fun, and most times the audiences are packed. Last night proved to be no exception as we had a special event entitled “Funk Night.” We played some of the best “funk music” ever released on radio and people loved it. During the middle of the night I happened to see a figure come into the establishment with a signature looking hat on his head. I waited until he got in close range and then discovered that my good friend Norman Connors came in town to visit me. For those of you who may not know him, he is responsible for this big R&B hit from 1976:
During the break Norman and I sat down together and talked about the industry as it is now. He mentioned that he was involved in the industry at the right time. During his era he “actually made money” from his music (and a lot of it). He said that a lot of those big name record labels are now gone (They have sold their rights to the other companies that are left). Because of the timing of when he was at his peak musically, he can now live comfortably for the rest of his life. He says he only does about 50 shows a year, and that is more than enough for him. However, he did say that he feels sorry for today’s new generation of stars. Due to the fact that people can now download just about any song online for free, companies are no longer making the huge amounts of money they used to make selling records. They try to give the impression to the public that some of today’s artists are making millions in sales but that is just no longer true. He also said the quality of music in this generation has gone down drastically thus making things even worse. He said things are so bad that he can’t even produce a good artist anymore because the industry seems to have gone in another direction. Back in the day, the record labels were being led by people who knew music. Nowadays the heads of most labels only know about business. They have no clue. They couldn’t determine a hit song if their lives depended on it. This makes it bad for true music lovers to hear quality promoted music. Musicians used to come into the recording studios and play their instruments. Now engineers may try to find a loop online and use that without ANY musicians being in the studio. Before having to get back onstage I asked Norman what he felt could possibly save the music industry. He didn’t have an answer. The silence actually said a lot more then words could. Maybe we all should pray for the revitalization of music. I would like to thank Norman for coming out last night and I would like to thank you for checking out my Daily Thought today and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Norman Connors, Brett Jolly and saxophonist Benny Barksdale