What I Hope For in 2014

beaverdamusa.com music musings zach claytonAs I sit here on the first day of January, I am thinking about the year ahead.  I really haven’t made any personal resolutions, but my mind started wandering and thinking about a wish list for 2014 – musically. Some of these may really happen while others don’t have the proverbial snowball’s chance in hell. So, in no certain order other than the way they popped in my head, here are my 2014 musical wishes:

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    Eddie Van Halen in Quebec City, 2008. (Credit: Felixggenest  [GFDL or CC-BY-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons)

    New Van Halen music – Eddie Van Halen’s talent is too great not to be heard. Unless Sammy & Eddie kiss & make-up (snowball), it could be an instrumental album. The DLR vs. Sammy dilemma will have to wait for another column.
  • Cheaper concert tickets – I know the cost of touring and supporting the entourages can be expensive, but give a brother a break. There are several shows that come through that I would love to see, but just can’t see forking out $75 for nosebleed seats to watch the Eagles on the video screen because they are two football fields away.
  • Less angry music – seems like a lot of the newer rock music was written while someone’s arm was being removed with a rusty hacksaw by the writer’s ex-girlfriend. While I am all for large and loud music, the primal scream music just isn’t my gig.
  • More avenues for smaller bands – the days of “hitting it big” may really be behind us. With the internet and social media, many musicians can create a following without even having the famed “record company contract.”  However, there must places for these folks to play and people have to go listen to them and buy their music.
  • Cheap Trick to play Nashville – I have always wanted to see Cheap Trick live. Back in high school, they played the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville. By the time my parents said I could go, the tickets were already sold out. They attempted to play here about three years ago with Def Leppard, but the show got cancelled and the rescheduled show didn’t include them on the bill.
  • Meet more music people – there is a list of folks that I would love to meet and I keep hoping it will happen. The list includes names like Eddie, Jimmy, Stevie, Sammy, Michael, etc.

In closing, I guess I should make some resolutions since it is January 1.  I resolve to:

  • Expand my musical horizons – listen to music that I normally wouldn’t. Who knows, I may like it.
  • See more live music – it doesn’t have to be in an arena or stadium. The local writer’s night may include some great talent. So what if they may never make it – it is enjoyable to listen to them.
  • Support local music – whether the trio from down the street is playing in the bar downtown or at the Fourth of July picnic, they have the guts to get up and share their craft. The least I can do is support it.

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About Zach Clayton

Zach Clayton started Music Musings in 2013, but isn’t a stranger to music. While he may be a mild mannered accountant by day, he always has tunes going and forces his staff at work to play music trivia when they enter his office. He is a self-proclaimed lover of all music genres with over 3,500 songs in his iPod. Zach’s first concert was Eddie Money in Vanderbilt’s Memorial Gym in 1979 and claims to have seen Van Halen (all three incarnations) over 25 times. There have only been one or two years since 1979 that Zach hasn’t been to a concert. He also has the uncanny knack of getting to know several folks in the music scene – both out front and behind the scenes. Zach is in the process of indoctrinating his two boys into the rock and roll way by exposing them to concerts and various music while holding them hostage in his truck screaming the mantra – “rap is crap!”

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