After I watched Towncraft, I realized that every musical community is like an accordion. Always coming together only to be always pulled apart, once again. Then again. And again. And every time they are brought together or pulled apart, there is noise. Someday I will understand music more clearly.

I was always told I had fingers that were perfect for playing instruments and guitars especially. People who told me that: my father, my doctor, my lawyers, my gym coach, and others. But I have never taken to playing music even though I love it dearly. So I listen to it quite a bit and talk endlessly about it and can probably be credited for the strong word-of-mouth buzz of several musical acts. I believe my chatter probably pushed Cake, The Black Eyed Peas, Spoon, and the Soup Dragons so much closer to fame. But buzz marketing won’t keep a local musical community strong. According to Towncraft, the criteria for a strong musical community can be summed up in this list:

  1. Someone must lose a lot of money over time.
  2. That person should be seen as the cornerstone of that community.
  3. That same someone must be balding early.
  4. Band names must be relatively random, but be plucked from a range of words that are potentially crass or safely classic.
  5. Those band names must not be something you could imagine on the same marquee with Mandy Patinkin.

I’m not that person and I don’t know if any of those things are happening now in Little Rock, but I am aware of the Musicians Showcase that the Arkansas Times puts on. And I’m pretty sure it is going on right now. I mean this Thursday right now. As in every Thursday for a total of 4 or 5 more weeks. The Musicians Showcase is a competition that pits 20 of Arkansas’s most can-do musical ensembles against each other in a battle to the bloody, amicable finish. I’d really like to go because I know I’ll really like one of the ensembles. I would probably take some time after the show to make sure I talk to each of the act’s members for as long as I can because they are inevitably going to be such interesting people! However, because I’m what you might call an aggressive social butterfly of sorts-of’s, I fear that I would tip the scales in favor of my favorite act. Heaven knows I’d Tweet it, F’book it, Pin the heck out of it, Digg it, Redit it, and probably even Winkidink it as soon as that service becomes available!

So I’m not going. It just wouldn’t be fair to others. Me going would be like giving Fate a titty-twister and commanding her to award one band with the win, all while saying, “But do whatever you want.”

But if you’ve ever cared for something pure, something simple and pure and late night, I feel like you should go. Because Thursday’s the night to unite the musical community together again!

Let’s get creative with it all!


Post Script. I do think that I can imagine Bartin Memberg’s name on a marquee. I enjoy both of these acts and so may attend Showcase Round 5.

My name is Terry Cloff and I am a 44 year old graphics designer! New to the field but learning fast! For example: "Simplicity". I also get down to good music, long walks and spending quality time with my designs.

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