Citizen Cope - Clarence Greenwood - Louisville
I don't beleive we have a right to pry into artists personal lives and so I don't much care what he does on his own time, but I supported him when he came into town and played at a tiny bar in Louisville. I emailed a bigger local venue pushing his name and saying he'd be sure to pack a crowd there, and I emailed his promoters to let them know they'd likely do well at that venue. I also suggested playing 'live lunch', but don't know if they did that. I pushed his CD on friends and coworkers and tried to encourage others to check out the gig with me. I also let his drummer wear my hat. (drummer seemed pretty cool, incidentally - good band).
No, I don't think I deserve a cookie for this. I'm certainly no super-fan. I don't read articles about the dude or know his story or frequent his forum (checked it out a long time ago and got bored). But, I try to support up-and-coming artists as well as made-it-but-not-huge-yet artists. I paid hard earned money to see his show and elbowed a friend into going with me. I don't think that being in the music business makes you a public slave. You personal life should still be yours. However, I also don't think it makes your time more valueable than anyone elses. Show a little respect for your fans, for your fellow man, and don't make them wait for hours on end.
I may still go when he rolls in on the 15th. I like the music enough to shell out the dough, I guess, but only if I bring a book to kill time and make sure my boss is perfectly alright with me coming in late on Friday.
Maybe if I hadn't been exposed to hard-working bands like Digby, I would be accustomed to rudeness from musicians, but I know from experience that musicians can have talent and still be good guys. If Digby made it big, I wouldn't expect them to really remember me much (don't really know them well), but I feel pretty certain that they would still be good guys and not act as if everyone else's time was theirs to flush like tp. Well, I'll keep the old "benefit of doubt" dangling out there. Maybe he had a migraine or ate too many white castles. Heck, maybe he had a panic attack. I doubt it, but who knows. A "sorry I took so long" would have been something, though.
my thoughts on his last show