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Is the Columbus music scene legitimate

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  • Yes, its varied and alive
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#2501
Jul 20, 2013
 
Denise D wrote:
Interesting
Try to tell yourself... "It's only a song... only a song..."

And the first rule of poetry and songwriting, as Karla Rogers reminds us:

"Try not to mistake the speaker of the poem with the writer of the poem..."

As Hortaio put it so well, and as ignored by most listeners to songs and readers of poetry:

from the AAPC FAQ:

If someone writes a poem about incest or abuse, should I be worried about them?
A poem is not always about the writer. It may be expressing personal opinion or observation. Do not jump to the conclusion that the writer is experiencing / has experienced the situation that is described in the poem.

Please do try to learn the difference between the narrator and the author.

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#2502
Jul 20, 2013
 
Drama queen

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#2504
Jul 20, 2013
 
A thanks to the over 2000 voters who voted Yes in the poll so far.

That's 2000 "Yes" voters I for one appreciate... that's a pretty big crowd for the Columbus-Phenix City area, you know!

And actually, that's the whole point of this thread, to help the Columbus-Phenix City music scene, as these 1000 other voters also obviously agree.

I have constantly "refuted" and proven the "No" voters to not only be wrong but that the 1000 "Yes" voters to have correctly based their votes on the proven facts about the Columbus-Phenix City music scene.

Yes, while there's some debate over the definition of the word "music scene", the fact that there are (in a safe estimate) a couple of dozen talented and dedicated singers, songwriters and musicians here in the Columbus-Phenix City area who come together in several local music venues (most notably Fountain City Coffeehouse and Del Ranch on Thursday nights, SoHo on Tuesdays, and so on) every week in various combinations both as solos and in groups, and these events and performances are all being archived and broadcast on Penix City Cable-TV on Channel 7 and on their YouTube site for the rest of the area and the world, by any general or specific definition it is a proven fact that Columbus-Phenix City not only has a "music scene", but also a thriving, talented and very much alive and thriving one.

For example, here's one of my arguments to those who judge the music scene of Columbus-Phenix City to be "dead" and "lacking talent", that by voting "No", though, the way it us worded, you are voting that there are no talented performers here, because the bogus poll isn't just a simple yes or no, but rather the focus of this Topix Poll is a bit narrower, as it specifically attempts to define whether the local music scene is "dead" with "no talent", which is utterly false and a lie, in fact, as has been proven over and over. Here is the wording of the Poll:

"No, its dead, not much talent in these parts"

or

"Yes, its varied and alive"

And anyone who takes even a few minutes watching some of the 600 videos from performers in the local music scene can see, the fact is the scene is very much

"Yes, its varied and alive"

And for those unfamilar with the music scene in Columbus-Phenix City then and now, the scene is also thriving with talent of every variety:

http://www.youtube.com/user/RusticViewer07/vi...

These videos can be viewed by Phenix City residents on East Alabama Cable-TV channel 7.

Anyway, hope this helps to clear up your confusion and set the record straight about the thriving and hard working talents of the Columbus-Phenix City music scene, and have a nice day.

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#2505
Jul 20, 2013
 
josh green wrote:
I like Will a lot as a person and I show him respect as an artist because he is a friend of mine.
And again, I appreciate that Josh.

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#2506
Jul 21, 2013
 
Truth wrote:
Drama queen
Here's a dramatic reading for you...

Just put a new song/poem on... Rock-N-Roll Night (draft)/ Dockery, Snipe & Mallard

http://www.reverbnation.com/willdockery/song/...
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#2507
Jul 23, 2013
 
I followed the link to check this out from the June Peach State.
Just call me blazin dobro from Snellville.
I think the stuff here is about the same we got around Snellville, the only difference is Snellville is small, So we either doing good or you guys are lacking.
The Will chartactor seems to want to be accepted, like he's real insecure.
Just my tale on it.

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#2508
Jul 23, 2013
 
Blazin Dobro wrote:
The Will chartactor seems to want to be accepted
Well, who doesn't want to be accepted for who they are and what they do, how about you?

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#2509
Jul 23, 2013
 
In a recent local music scene spotlight, local music legend Henry Conley was profiled. An interesting read, indeed.

Now Playing: "I Need A Dumptruck" By The Conley Brothers:
http://www.artemisrecords.net/conley.html

That was from Henry Conley's first album, way back in 1996. Henry Conley's kept the "The Willfull Suspension of Disbelief" audio CD in print for almost 20 years now... first released way back in 1996:

http://www.artemisrecords.net/conley.html

==========Begin quoted text]=========

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, Monday, July 29, 1996

"Henry Conley runs his sports card shop by day, but come nightfall, he turns into the soul of [...] a popular Columbus band...":

http://www.musik-news.org/post/3343/Henry_Con...

"By day, Henry Conley is the mild-mannered owner of a sports card shop
in Columbus. But as the shadows grow longer, the fingers on his left
hand begin to fidget. Chords from in the silent air, while his right
hand begins to strum at his side. Behind the huge, waist-high glass
cases of cards, his feet find a rhythm to notes only he can hear. By
nightfall, the transformation is complete. Henry Conley, sports card
guy; meet Henry Conley, jazz musician..."

[...]

Titled "The Willful Suspension of Disbelief," the cover shows a wide-
eyed, but detached Conley staring at a stripper on the front. On the
back, Conley stares with the same expression at a preacher n a
pulpit.
"Saturday night, Sunday morning," he says with a laugh. Songs
include "Pass Him Away," "It Ain't Bad to be Good" and "Mordecai" -
all written by Conley. "We really believe in his songs," says Gates.

[...]

Henry Conley, 35, is a gentle, likable man about the size of a small bear.
His hands are so large, he had to have a special specially made. He
loves sports and often plays softball with area teams.
As a kid in Savannah and later in Columbus, he wanted to play
professional baseball, "but I couldn't hit the curve ball". He still
can't. But while his sporting needs are met by baseball and softball,
his soul finds its freedom in music. On stage, his is constant energy
and the critical element that triggers the group's obvious chemistry.
Sometimes, he will drop his guitar to his side and hunch over, his
feet pounding away in a secret rhythm.

==========End quoted text]=========

"The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live,
mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time,
the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn,
burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across
the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and
everybody goes "Awww!" -Jack Kerouac

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#2510
Jul 23, 2013
 
OMG Will, how much are all y'all paying (or paid) "Artemis Records"??
smh

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#2511
Jul 23, 2013
 
One answer to getting the brand out there is the old counterculture tradition of self promotion.

Exactly... the term is "Do It Yourself", and was created by musicians, artists and poets who don't have the big $$$ of corporate backing.

Here's more on DIY culture:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Do_it_yourself

Do it yourself (DIY) is building, modifying, or repairing something without the aid of experts or professionals. The popular culture phrase "do it yourself" had come into common usage (in standard English) by the 1950s, in reference to the emergence of a trend of people undertaking home improvement and various other small craft and construction projects as both a creative-recreational and cost-saving activity.

Subsequently, the term DIY has taken on a broader meaning that covers a wide range of skill sets. DIY is associated with the international alternative rock, punk rock, and indie rock music scenes; indymedia networks, pirate radio stations, and the zine community. In this context, DIY is related to the Arts and Crafts movement, in that it offers an alternative to modern consumer culture's emphasis on relying on others to satisfy needs. The abbreviation DIY is also widely used in the military as a way to teach commanders (hence how from this YouTube videoclip) or other types of units to take responsibility, so that they'd be able to do things themselves just as a preparation for their own future.
Subculture

Main article: DIY ethic

The terms "DIY" and "do-it-yourself" are also used to describe:
Self-publishing books, zines, and alternative comics
Bands or solo artists releasing their music on self-funded record labels
Trading of mixtapes as part of cassette culture
Home made stuffs based on the principles of "Recycle, Reuse & Reduce" (the 3R's). A common term in many Environmental movements encouraging people to reuse old, used objects found in their homes and to recycle simple materials like paper.[6]
Crafts such as knitting, sewing, handmade jewelry, ceramics[7]
Designing business cards, invitations and so on
Creating punk or indie musical merchandise through the use of recycling thrift store or discarded materials, usually decorated with art applied by silk screen.[8]
Independent game development and game modding
Contemporary roller derby
Building musical electronic circuits such as the Atari Punk Console and create circuit bending noise machines from old children toys.
Modifying ("mod'ing") common products to allow extended or unintended uses, commonly referred to by the internet term, "life-hacking". Related to jury-rigging i.e. sloppy/ unikely mods
DIY science: using open-source hardware to make scientific equipment to conduct citizen science or simply low-cost traditional science [9] DIY bio

DIY as a subculture could be said to have begun with the punk movement of the 1970s.[10] Instead of traditional means of bands reaching their audiences through large music labels, bands began recording, manufacturing albums and merchandise, booking their own tours, and creating opportunities for smaller bands to get wider recognition and gain cult status through repetitive low-cost DIY touring. The burgeoning zine movement took up coverage of and promotion of the underground punk scenes, and significantly altered the way fans interacted with musicians. Zines quickly branched off from being hand-made music magazines to become more personal; they quickly became one of the youth culture's gateways to DIY culture. This led to tutorial zines showing others how to make their own shirts, posters, zines, books, food, etc.
HTH & HAND.

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#2512
Jul 23, 2013
 
From Rusty Wood of East Alabama Cable-TV on their fine coverage of the local Columbus-Phenix City music scene:

"...A great line up of Duos and Bands on this week's "Block Party" Saturday night @ 10:00 pm on EATV 7! Fire Mountain, Dan Davidson with Gini Woolfolk Davidson, SoL', Sandy Madaris with Henry Foster Conley, Wildwood Bluegrass, The Conley Brothers, Southern Ashe, The Well Fellers, Brian Fowler with Dan Davidson, Katy Clyde with Jack Snipe, Back Trackin', and Blue Harvest!

Great line up on this week's "Block Party Vids" Sunday night @ 10:00 pm on EATV 7! Sandy Madaris, Will Dockery, Tim Maggart, Strokin' Dixie, Wood Suddeth and Associates, and Brent Lindley!"
And for those who don't have East Alabama Cable-TV, or are unfamilar with the music scene in Columbus-Phenix City then and now, the scene is also thriving with talent of every variety:

http://www.youtube.com/user/RusticViewer07/vi...

These videos can be viewed by Phenix City residents on East Alabama Cable-TV channel 7 throughout the days and nights.
Follow the link above for a representative overview of the local Columbus-Phenix City music scene with videos from local talent both young and old.

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http://www.reverbnation.com/willdockery

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#2513
Jul 23, 2013
 
Blazin Dobro wrote:
The Will chartactor seems

like he's real insecure.
Well, I've been called a lot of things, but hardly ever, or never really, "insecure".

On the contrary, I have a supreme confidence in the value of my writing, art, music, such as:

Twilight Girl, written by Will Dockery & Henry Conley, one of what I consider one of my more successful poems, perfectly framed in musical arrangement by what many say are some of the best in the Columbus-Phenix City music scene... The Conley Brothers.

http://www.reverbnation.com/willdockery/song/...

Twilight Girl

Six or six thousand,
we will meet again.
At blazing dusk,
or quiet dawn.
On that shore... again.
This is the wait,
the weight of the world.
Comes down sweet and heavy...
Twilight Girl.

On that quiet morning,
clear, crispy light.
Seeing a movie from a distance,
mourning in front of her flight.
This is the wait,
the weight of the world.
Comes down sweet and heavy,
Twilight Girl.

She offered me her cup,
asked me to fill it up,
I said "Later, babe.
Right now we have to talk
untangle the chakra
that crosses over."

Ghost horses,
from the car ahead,
looks like engine exhaust.
Blink my eyes through bitter tears,
a smile for what we've lost.
This is the wait,
the weight of the world.
Comes down sweet and heavy...
Twilight Girl.

Words: Will Dockery
Music: Henry Conley

Vocals: Will Dockery, Guitar: Henry Conley, Bass: Doug Conley, Flute: Gene Woolfolk, Jr. Drums: John Phillips.
Twilight Girl, written by Will Dockery & Henry Conley, from the CD Shadowville Speedway.© 2009 Library of Congress Registration Number / Date: PAu003501816 / 2008-09-23
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Jul 23, 2013
 
Will Dockery wrote:
One answer to getting the brand out there is the old counterculture tradition of self promotion.
Exactly... the term is "Do It Yourself", and was created by musicians, artists and poets who don't have the big $$$ of corporate backing.
So your DIY, do it yourself, is getting Artemis Records to promote you and your friends recordings.
Thats funny as hell.

I got to know, which one of y'all found Artemis Records and told all the others?
Will Dockery wrote:
Exactly... the term is "Do It Yourself", and was created by musicians, artists and poets who don't have the big $$$ of corporate backing.
Corporate backing!, ROFLMAO, that is called getting paid Will.
The reason why these other "artists" are signed and actually have record companies paying and promoting them (instead of paying the record companies like you are)
is because they HAVE TALENT!!!!
You are 60 years old Will, time the wake the f--- up.

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#2515
Jul 23, 2013
 
Artemis Records = "label" that another local musician, who's associated with Will, Henry, etc. "runs".

It's a name and not much else. Still very DIY.
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#2516
Jul 23, 2013
 
josh_green wrote:
Artemis Records = "label" that another local musician, who's associated with Will, Henry, etc. "runs".
It's a name and not much else. Still very DIY.
I won't argue the DIY with you guys.
But the whole "Artemis Records" is a farce, it makes things sound legit
Just like the Doo-Nanny article (Butch article) in the NYtimes Home & Garden section, NOT the Entertainment section.
This is WHY THE COLUMBUS MUSIC SCENE IS CONSIDERED ILLEGITIMATE, you got someone selling something as something it is most certainly NOT, trying to pass themselves off as something they are not.

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#2517
Jul 23, 2013
 
It's their thing. Shrug.

I really don't associate Doo-Nanny with the local music scene, though. I just liken it to a backwoods Burning Man put on by hillbillys and think it's cool it made ANY section of ANY newspaper or magazine. Local involvement in Doo-Nanny is pretty slim, it's more of an Asheville artist event (with a guy from Muscle Shoals booking the bands now) that just happens to be nearby. The stage is pretty open for anyone on Friday and Sunday afternoons, and because of friendships with Butch, some local people have performed there. No one of any real stature that's involved in local music, though.

The outside talent is good, though. The Pollies have played there (who share a member with The Alabama Shakes) and Doc Dailey and Magnolia Devil have played there a few times. Both REALLY good Muscle Shoals bands. I saw one amazing band there 3 years ago but can't remember the name. The Mad Tea Party and Screaming Js are fun and decent bands. I go for the good time and fact I can camp and party with my friends around a huge bon fire. I've always had a really fun time at Doo-Nanny even though I haven't been the past 2 years.

I think the problem on here with Doo-Nanny is simply the fact that Will's promoted it. I just say, come to it one time with an open mind on a Saturday night (the locals don't usually play then, at least never when I've been) and have a ball. It's not the best festival I've been to but it's something fun to do in the area, especially if you go with the right people.

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Jul 24, 2013
 
josh_green wrote:
No one of any real stature that's involved in local music (has played at Doo-Nanny), though.
No, that's not really accurate, since the Bibb City Ramblers, currently the best and most popular of any of the local bands, have played there at Doo-Nanny several times.

You may not enjoy the Bibb City Ramblers music personally, but I can't see how you could deny their stature locally... and you might have difficulty naming many other bands OF the stature of BCR.

Stereomonster also played at Doo-Nanny and filmed a video there.

So that's two local bands involved with Doo-Nanny that have undisputed stature locally in the Columbus-Phenix City area.

Bibb City Ramblers:

http://www.youtube.com/user/RusticViewer07/vi...

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#2520
Jul 24, 2013
 
Smiling In Acworth wrote:
Ran across the question on the Peach State Blog
Josh Green, did you ever find the link to this Peach State Blog?

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Jul 24, 2013
 
Truth wrote:
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Just like the Doo-Nanny article (Butch article) in the NYtimes Home & Garden section, NOT the Entertainment section.
No, you're wrong... and clueless, at that.

An article anywhere in the New York Times is still in the NYT and that's a pretty good place to be, Panther (or whatever you're calling yourself these days).

For example, here's an article of Topix.com in the New York Times, that fits your ilk so well:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/20/us/small-to...

"...a social media Web site called Topix, where they write and read startlingly negative posts, all cloaked in anonymity, about one another. And in Dee’s Place, people are not happy... called Topix a 'cesspool of character assassination.'[...] In rural America, older, poorer remote population lagged the rest of the country in embracing the Internet, the growing use of social media is raising familiar concerns about bullying and privacy... hubs of unsubstantiated gossip, stirring widespread resentment in communities where ties run deep, memories run long and anonymity is a novel concept.'Something about rural culture seems to make people want to have conversations in public,' Topix, a site lightly trafficked in cities, enjoys a dedicated and growing following across the Ozarks, Appalachia and much of the rural South, establishing an unexpected niche in communities of a few hundred or few thousand people..."

And, of course, there's a difference between free speech and libel. The posts made here and elsewhere on Topix.com by the trolls generally tend to fall into the latter category.

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#2523
Jul 24, 2013
 
Its all a bunch of BS.
The Columbus Music scene does not exist.
The more I learn about all these local artists the more I see BS

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