A resident of Bartow County for over ten years, and a Georgia resident for about 20, I started to learn guitar and sing about three years ago, and participate in a local songwriting group called Cartersville Songwriters Exchange. I currently play at various open mics when I can, and working towards performing professionally as my music grows.
As my skills have grown, so has my love for local music, along for a deep respect of the many of the local musicians I have met along the way. Blown away by their talent and what they had to offer, I did not understand why they had not made a bigger well, ‘big time’ than they had.
After spending time with these fine musicians, and playing alongside with them, it became clear, that many wanted to do more with music, but just did not have time or resources of information to get their music ‘out there’, or simply was not sure how to start. The age groups ranged too, not just the young twenty and thirty-somethings, they are musicians my age, or beyond. I also heard stories about venues who tried to give local music a stage, only to disappear because no one knew about them, and found myself scratching my head when I heard musicians speak about how they had nowhere to play their originals and covers.
Conclusion? “What we’ve got here is failure to communicate!” – (courtesy of ‘The Captain’ in Cool Hand Luke…)
As I pondered these things, I then remembered how back in 1985 I wanted to go to school to major in music, but “life happened” and kept “happening…” However, now 28 years later I find myself in a place where I have the time to invest in music, but not just my own music. I found that I wanted to use my other skills ‘from the work world’ to lend a hand to artists that are honestly pouring themselves into doing all they can to pursue performing their music for others. That in turn, meant also lending support to local music venues, and working to let fans of local music know where local music is playing!
The Result? THE ETOWAH VALLEY MUSIC PROJECT!
“And – This is the dream of most of us musical sorts, to express ourselves, to speak to all the world in a language that is universal, and that language is music.” – PBell
It is that simple, folks. No plans to write a book here… so if you want more info, well… yep. You guessed it. Email the EVMP at firstname.lastname@example.org
“IN SERVING OTHERS, ONLY THEN CAN WE COMPLETE OURSELVES”
Matthew 5:14-16 Philippians 2:3-4
Acts 20:35 Galatians 5:13-14 1 Peter 4:10