Wednesday, August 17, 2005

To Be, Or Not To Be...The Prez

Sometimes life is just a great big ball of unexpected bouncing bliss. Yesterday I sent in an application to be considered as a candidate for the upcoming web-based reality series called "The Biz", sponsored by AOL and Warner Music Group. Basically it's a webcast featuring contestants living and working together in New York City under the eye of Warner Music's Lyor Cohen (think Island-Def Jam, the Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Public Enemy, Run DMC, Melissa Etheridge, Elvis Costello, Bon Jovi, Mariah Carey, Shania Twain, and many more). All the contestants will be competing to be the president of a new record label, which will be founded and ran by the winner as a Warner Music Group subsidiary.

This is my kind of job!

Now I know my odds of being chosen to participate are slim...I'm a little older than the average record executive (Lyor is 44 years old-and is ancient compared to some executives) but I might have a chance as the token 'older white guy'. Who knows? I'm pretty sure the focus will be on more urban, hip-hop music which isn't my forte- but, it's not about knowing everything about one genre of music either. A well rounded knowledge of all music styles and the ability to hear the next big thing are at the top of the list, I would think.

What I do know is that the process has opened my eyes to my genuine love of all music again and to the possibilities of becoming a serious ethically and morally guided (can you say ethically and morally in the same breath as "the music biz"?) 'playa' in the industry. I could possibly land a gig in A&R (artist & repertoire) with Warner Music Group.

If I don't land a spot (let's face it- it's a HUGE if) I know my heart has been recharged with the love of music. This comes at the same time I'm feeling a refreshing awakening to the possibilities of my own music and of finishing some songs and getting them recorded. I'm setting a goal of six months to have a finished CD in hand.

Anything is possible- anything is possible- anything is possible...when the heart is open and we expect the best from and for ourselves and for others. I know that the road will open if it is meant to be, and If not, then I trust Divine Order has me where I'm meant to be, right now.


Blogger Buford said...

Go for it Tom If anyone can do it you can!!! cant wait to see you.

1:26 PM  
Blogger Amy Harden said...

Hmmm... If you make it, and for some reason I think you stand more of a chance than you think, I know who would be a good first artist on your roster. We will be eagerly awaiting news about the show AND your recording. Best of luck!

1:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good luck. I've got my fingers crossed for you. Chris

4:21 PM  
Blogger Trev Diesel said...

Man, I'm proud of you for pursuing this and your writing/recording. I can tell by talking to you that you have a knowledge and love for music and certainly the heart to express through that medium. I'm so excited to finally hear some of your music. (and I wish you lived closer so you could do some harmony on my disc this fall)

The show would be blessed to have you.

6:21 PM  
Blogger Gretchen Coleman said...

Wow, that sounds like a cool opportunity. I seriously believe you can "get the point across" in music. I am a violinist with the Bedford Community Orchestra in Bedford Virginia, a small little orchestra with a really big heart and I know we get the point across. Good luck to you, the industry could use you!

9:53 PM  
Blogger Mark Walter said...

Keep us posted. We have a lot of musicians in our group over here in Virginia, including Sensei... a master musician and composer. We also have a home studio. Maybe we can get together sometime. What fun!

10:15 PM  
Blogger "James" said...

Wow, that what a wonderful opportunity and a great out-look that you have learned something either way.

2:17 PM  

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