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Thursday, October 11, 2012

What Makes a Music Artist Great? by Jerry W. Henry



The derivation of the word “art” basically means... to join together. With that in mind, I want to make you aware of how other great music artists from Mozart to Bob Dylan made music history. Included in these greats would be Elvis, the Beatles and Johnny Cash. What did they do to make themselves considered great? What do they all have in common?

Each is unique. Each is creative. Each changed the popular music of their times by combining already popular forms in a new way.

When Elvis recorded in Sun Studios in those earliest days of rock and roll, he combined the influences around him. Young Elvis brought Gospel, country and blues together.

Bob Dylan combined his Woody Guthrie/folk with rock. His protest songs were “protested” when he first electrified them.

When the Beatles released Sgt. Pepper, they had mixed pop with orchestration that produced a change in song structure.

Johnny Cash reinvented himself each decade combining his music with other forms of music through out his career.

Watch the movie, Amadeus to learn of Mozart.

If you want to make music that changes the world don’t want to be the rocker playing for drunks in dumpy bars, the latest rapper in the hood, another broken hearted/hell raisin’ country singer or the latest kids on the block. Do something that has not been done before by combining elements that are already popular in a new and creative way.

After all, it is art…. to join together.

15 comments:

  1. Lee Barnett Owner at Midniterider

    Come hear my band! The Midnite Rider Band every Friday Nite @ The Eagles 105 Kenmore (850) 476-5696.

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  2. Dr. Norma Jean. Adit Daniel Dr Bruce Goldberg Discovery : the reincarnation soul of Norma - Jean, Marilyn Monroe.

    Expression of his feelings being naked emotionally spiritually in front of the audience

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  3. Giovanni Fiorini Singer, songwriter, arranger of Country Music. Speaker, Marchand, Tour Operator and environmentalist.
    To: Jerry W. Henry
    Date: October 11, 2012
    I don't understand, because i'm from Brazil, mabe Express your feelings!

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  4. Gary Ernesto Hines, Jr. CEO, Ground Effex Records/Twisted Minds Productions/Hines Visions Publishing
    To: Jerry W. Henry
    Date: October 11, 2012
    we are focused! but there are fake one's and there are real one's the fake one are a front! for billionaire's..who! the get money's to help them make it all the way, than the real one's can't. get in at all..because, the fake one's keep us out, I'm a Awesome producer..an they know it, I can do any style! like no other.an because I'm so focus, they hate on that, it you have a gift an can't do what you was born to do, that's. crazy..how. can you bet in someone with no skills but all money! hype..this is what the World! came to..other people Steelin other people's shine,

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  5. Martha Moore Owner, so much MOORE media
    To: Jerry W. Henry, Martha Moore
    Date: October 11, 2012
    Jerry.. cool article.. do you ever review CDs anymore? we still have you on our reviewers list...on watermelon road. most recent CDs mailed were THE ROYS and just this week , LiveWire.
    Martha/somuchmoore.com

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  6. Richard Thompson INTERNATIONAL CONCERT PROMOTION & PRODUCTION. LOS ANGELES AGENT at Otto Printing & Entertainment Graphics
    To: Jerry W. Henry
    Date: October 11, 2012
    Originality stemming from a fresh musical position ..... Centered..

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  7. They sound like one of a kind. They're not imitating their own favorite artist; what they say is not said with reservation, they fully believe it, they are not "looking at the result of their musical statement' or the length of the shadow they cast, they are centered and fully comfortable in their musical statements, whether the audience likes it or not. Here (it is) I am, no apologies.

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  8. Reguel Steinbock at Doinx Doinx Music
    To: Jerry W. Henry
    Date: October 11, 2012
    Thanks for the blog!

    Not having any of the profiles required to reply on the blog itself I take the liberty to send my reply to you as a KinkedIn Message instead. Hope that's OK?

    *****

    Unique. Yes. But not TOO unique, or else no-one will overstand!
    Art is perhaps taking tradition or traditional elements and forging something personal out of it?
    The Beatles certainly used traditional elements, as did Elvis, Hendrix, etc.
    I'm trying, too, combining the sound of the age-old Finnsih national instrument, the 5-string kantele
    with other instruments it may not even have met before, in ways not used before.
    I'm having some success with this, but predictably not yet as great as the Beatles' success,
    which I'm happy for - I wouldn't want to be recognised everywhere in the world and torn to pieces if seen outside my hotel suite!
    But I realise I'm on a tangent.

    *****

    Best wishes, Stani (= Reguel Steinbock, The Runaway Kantele)

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  9. phil webster songwriter
    To: Jerry W. Henry
    Date: October 11, 2012
    Hi Jerry.

    Knowledge I think... Knowing your craft and knowing your reasons for being what you are. Be it choice, guidance or force that got you where you are, you know your skills, your limits, and your downfalls, which you would avoid of course. Working on improvement constantly, because when you believe you know it all, you're a victim of self destruction. Nowhere else to go because you're the best? you may be great bbecause you know your craft, but the best? Who said?

    Music is language, a communication we all understand, feel and recognise, so what makes a musician an artist? What makes the artist great?

    Simple Jerry,

    MUSIC!

    Phil Webster

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  10. A very interesting, concise and simple explanation. Many artist never consider this formula. Thanks Jerry.

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  11. Great insight Jerry. I think doing that is easier said than done.
    I think something each of these folks did was refining their voice
    in times of change.
    Sometimes I find it hard to break out of my comfort zone, but I think
    in order to do something remarkable, I'll have to leave comfort behind.

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  12. Eddy Reese Television Producer/CSNTV /Ambassador for Alabama
    To: Jerry W. Henry
    Date: October 11, 2012
    Jerry this is great information and I plan on passing this on ...I was interveiwing Randy Owen of the group Alabama last week for my television show and we were talking about how Alabama should promote our artist more and the music more....I told him I was going to develop a television show to do that and here you send me this information...I would like to talk with you more about this...I developed the Out Door Alabama Show for the state back in 2002. I am working on a tourism show to promote all 67 counties...my number is 256-454-4173...thank you Jerry

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  13. Rod Harris General Manager / Co-Owner at jenn-rod artist directions
    To: Jerry W. Henry
    Date: October 12, 2012
    Work and great attitude... Good Morning Jerry,
    Hope all is good with you this AM...
    Thank you for the connection... would like to talk sometime soon...

    V/R
    Rod Harris

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  14. I'd like to add that great music and art is also very social ... the artists you mentioned would not be the household names they are without the others in their groups... music and art are essentially social, collaborative and cooperative endeavors. New Orleans, where I work and play, has been characterized as embodying the "improvisational impulse" and it is that impulse that has provided the ideas and innovation that have lent the city its reputation as one of the most creative cities in the world.... we are now moving beyond improvisation and innovation in music and arts to also include economics, work systems, neighborhood organization and more ....
    Sally Stevens
    Rhythm Conspiracy Productions, Inc.
    New Orleans, LA

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  15. Most artists are drawn to a particular genre (mine is blues) or choose to market themselves in a particular genre, and grow their fan base by staying within the general parameters or traditions of that genre. But you are correct Jerry, by retaining elements of the original music form and combining new/non-traditional musical elements, an artist can grow a new fan base without alienating their original fan base. How many artists owe their success to the crossover hit?

    Sal, love what you said about New Orleans. The NOLA group Galactic is a wonderful example of the what happens when you mix the traditional and eclectic, classic and contemporary.

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