You Are Part Of The Journey

When I am looking for what music to include in the week’s radio program, there are a few sources I go to. One is my personal cd and music collection (as I referenced in the previous post). Another source is the artists themselves, or their management and indie reps who send me stuff. On average I get about 2-4 new albums and/or singles from indie labels/promoter/bands each week. Most of them are great and I include something from them in the mix. Sometimes the music lacks something, and therefore you don’t hear it. Sorry, that’s just the way it goes.

Another big source for the music you hear each week is……you. That’s right. I am one person in a world of endless sound. There’s stuff out there that sounds great and I might have heard it already or not. That’s where you come in.

I’ve referenced a friend who has introduced me to a few great albums recently. Our conversations don’t always start with music as the primary subject, but since music is a passion for both of us, eventually it gets there. My friend (also named Grant) has similar tastes to mine, but we are also into very different artists. It was Grant who told me that Chimes Of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan Celebrating 50 Years of Amnesty International was amazing beginning to end. At the time I had only heard a few songs and played one or two on the show. From that conversation I grabbed the whole 4 disc badboy. It was also Grant who turned me onto the tUnE-yArDs, which I’ll be featuring again this week.

All of this to say that you may not realize the influence you have in what goes on the radio. That’s why I want to encourage you to keep communication lines open with me. Commenting here (or any other post) does get read and I do take into account suggestions made. It would be really cool to do a show entirely assembled by fans of the show’s suggestions. You can also comment or post on Facebook too. So what are you waiting for? Let me know some music I need to be playing on the radio. You can suggest artists, particular albums or even songs. Thanks. I really appreciate you. I’ll throw a shout out your way to say thanks.

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DGrantSmith

Host of the syndicated radio program The Appetizer heard on public radio across Texas and online from our Listen Now link; enjoys conversations, music, food, art, storytelling, and people. Connect with me. Would love to hear from you.

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