Monday, April 9, 2012

"...Familiarity Breeds Hor D'Oeuvres..."

Once upon a time, as the magic of Beatlemania faded and the Fabs began the painful process of going seperate ways, John Lennon took Mick Jagger to public task because Mick publicly badmouthed the group.

"What the hell?', Mick reportedly responded to Lennon, "all I've heard and read lately is you badmouthing The Beatles."

"Yeah," Lennon readily admitted, "but I can do's my f****n' band, mate, not yours."

I share that little chestnut with you by way of justifying the two cents I'm about to throw down and offering that because I spent twenty plus years living and working with some of the cream of the country music industry, I'm entitled to a say no matter how rude or crude.

BNA Records’ Kenny Chesney and songwriter Brett James celebrated their recent co-written No. 1 chart-topper “Reality,” produced by Buddy Cannon, at Sambuca’s Sky Room on Thursday (4/5). BMI and ASCAP co-hosted the event, which honored Chesney’s 23rd trip to the top of the charts.

Presentations were made by BMI’s Clay Bradley and ASCAP’s Mike Sistad, as well as Warner/Chappell’s Steve Markland, Sony/ATV’s Troy Tomlinson, and BMG Chrysalis’ Sara Johnson.

As I read the blurb about Kenny's number one bash, simply the latest in what has been, for years now, as common an occurance as that birthday cake coming down the hall in your work place, a name popped into mind that you wouldn't usually think would be conjured up at the reporting of yet another 16th Avenue edition of industry self congratulations and inner circle back slapping.

Albert Einstein.

And his definition of insanity.

"Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result each time."

Apparently, Nashville has some kind of waiver working in their favor.

Because, obviously, writing and releasing what amounts to the same song over and over again results not in any effort to have the patient institutionalized...

But, rather, in a pretty nice spread being put out for them.

Relatively speaking, of course.

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