Corporations have Boards of Directors to represent the shareholders’ interest, to steer the organization towards a sustainable future, define and adhere to its mandates, etc. They do so with their expertise, experience, and insight into matters relevant to the organization. But what if that corporation was you? And its operations your life? Who would you have on your Board of Directors?
Just a few months ago in July 2009, Nova Scotian musician took his music success to a new level with a YouTube viral sensation, United Breaks Guitars. It changed his life, as he said during a little concert in Halifax for the Tunes at Noon series in August. However, he was going to follow through all his previous commitments before taking on new ventures in October, like a true professional.
Well, it’s October and I just saw a song commercial featuring Dave Carroll protesting the proposed hike in cable fees in Canada, in the Local TV Matters campaign (FAQ). The full version is below, though I can’t find lyrics online at time of posting. It seems someone recognized Dave’s talent to write a good song to tell a story, as demonstrated in United Breaks Guitars. The story of how this all came about is below, courtesy of Dave Carroll on MySpace.
In July, after UBG (United Breaks Guitars) had hit, I was introduced by a CTV representative to the issue of supporting local television in Canada.
In a nutshell Cable TV does not pay for local programming like the local news and broadcasters don’t earn enough from advertising to continue to operate at a loss.
Sons of Maxwell built their career with the help of local television and for a lot of other reasons I believe in the project, so I agreed to write and produce a song in support of a great cause. It aired tonight (Wed Oct 7) for the first time following the 6pm local news across Canada and may do so again for the rest of the week.
It was a pleasant surprise for me to see Dave and his new success in more traditional media.
Congratulations to Dave and I’m really looking forward to seeing more of your success in the future!
Dave Carroll of the group Sons of Maxwell has released the second of three songs and videos chronicling how United Airlines baggage handlers carelessly thrashed his high quality $3500 Taylor guitar and won’t be accountable for it.
The short of Dave’s broken guitar story is as follows:
“In the spring of 2008, Sons of Maxwell were traveling to Nebraska for a one-week tour and my Taylor guitar was witnessed being thrown by United Airlines baggage handlers in Chicago. I discovered later that the $3500 guitar was severely damaged. They didn’t deny the experience occurred but for nine months the various people I communicated with put the responsibility for dealing with the damage on everyone other than themselves and finally said they would do nothing to compensate me for my loss. So I promised the last person to finally say “no” to compensation (Ms. Irlweg) that I would write and produce three songs about my experience with United Airlines and make videos for each to be viewed online by anyone in the world.”
— from davecarrollmusic.com that also has the full story
The first video was a huge hit, shown at bottom for your convenience in case you didn’t see it. It is now bordering on 5 million YouTube views as of this writing on Aug 19 2009. The story of its success, as Dave has told audience, was that after posting the first video and going to bed, there were six views… five of which were probably his. The next day, there were 300 views, and he was ecstatic. He called Curve Productions, who produced that first and this second video, but they told him to not get too excited. However, when he was out in little Pictou doing a show the next night and someone told him the LA Times wanted to talk to him, Dave knew for sure he was on to something big.
Well, at 5 million views in 6-7 weeks, you’re doing super great, Dave! Much better than your initial goal of 1 million views for all three videos within one year!
Despite all this grief, though, Dave maintains a great attitude towards United. He has said he may fly United again one day, if this gets settled adequately. That would mean they’d have to meet his challenge:
“If United would go online and on record saying that they were going to make substantive changes to customer service and make the experience better for people, I’d be inclined to write about that. [The third song] is still not written and it’ll be released in the fall, though. If United wants to take part, they just have to come to the table and share what they’re going to do to make it better for everybody.”
— Yahoo News
Dave Carroll was my former songwriting teacher at Sherbrooke Village, Nova Scotia, in a great Road to Stanfest songwriting camp they have there. I’m extremely happy for him and his success, and wish him all the best to resolve his guitar tragedy with United Airlines. His viral first video is below for your reference.
Short link: http://wp.me/pr5TE-1sl
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Reading Level: 9.1
Tunes at Noon takes place every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from Noon to 1:00 pm in Grand Parade in Halifax, till August 28, 2009. The schedule of performers include:
July 15 – Christina Martin (folk/rock)
July 16 – Rebekah Higgs (folk-electric)
July 17 – Pink Thunder (pop/rock)
July 22 – Ian Sherwood (rock/jazz/folk) / Steven Bowers (folk rock)
July 23 – The SideCats (roots/world/jazz/blues)
July 24 – Marimba Stew (percussive groove)
July 29 – Shannon Quinn (celtic)
July 30 – Shan Arsenault (jazz)
July 31 – Around Town Band (rock) / The Repercussionists (rock) [great name!]
August 5 – Fullhouse (Latin)
August 6 – Dave Carroll (folk/pop), of Sons of Maxwell and United Breaks Guitar viral video fame!
August 7 – The Strangeboys (bluegrass)
August 12 – Ryan Cook (country)
August 13 – Grassmarket (folk/bluegrass) [nice name]
August 14 – Telfer (pop/funk)
August 19 – Mary Stewart (pop/folk) / Crissi Cochrane, aka Save September (folk)
August 20 – David Myles (folk)
August 21 – Ruth Minnikin and her Bandwagon (Americana/folk)
August 26 – Kim Wempe (folk/jazz) / Norma MacDonald (pop/folk)
August 27 – Mike Trask (rock)
August 28 – Kev Corbett (folk)
Summer 2009 unofficially arrived in Halifax today with the first Tunes at Noon 2009 concert, featuring Halifax’s own little dynamo, Christina Martin. Well, I shouldn’t call anybody little being at 5’2.625″ and 108 lbs. But Christina comes with an energetic and vibrant repertoire from some solid award winning recordings. Even with just one acoustic guitar amped up slightly and playing solo, the set was great!
I’ve been meaning to go see Christina play for a while now, more than just a few songs here and there where I’ve only managed to see her thus far. My stars just hadn’t aligned. They weren’t today, either, but I fixed that. On my way home to visiting Mom’s Vietnamese cooking during her last days here, I delayed it when I saw Christina playing at Grand Parade.
“That’s right, I held off Mom’s Vietnamese cuisine for Christina Martin’s music!”
I stayed to watch Christina’s set till the end, with intent of then going home and packing the lunch to take back to eat at my desk after the concert. I even called Mom to join me, but she was out so she didn’t know I was playing hooky with her cooking. So please, don’t anybody tell my Mom! 🙂
Instead of me trying to describe Christina’s music, though, nothing speaks for it like the music itself so I have included three videos below. They are songs from Christina’s sophomore album, Two Hearts, which won her 2009 East Coast Music Award (ECMA) Pop Recording of the Year and two 2008 Music Nova Scotia Awards: Female Artist Recording of the Year & Pop/Rock Artist/Group Recording of the Year. The Tunes at Noon series schedule follows the videos, with links to all the bands for you to preview their music. I hope to attend as many as possible and review some of my favourite ones on the blog. We’ve got a lot of great musical talent in Nova Scotia who deserve a lot more profile than they get. There’s also a lot of diversity in flavour. So if you can come down to watch, or click through on the links above to hear their music and spread the word, I’m sure they’d appreciate it!
The first of Christina’s featured song is the title track from Christina’s sophomore album, Two Hearts. It is my favourite song of hers, and this is the official video.
The second is a live performance of Cut It Out from Christina’s Two Hearts CD release party at the FRED Whet Salon in Halifax.
Finally, Christina acoustically performs You Come Home at the 2008 Nova Scotia Music Week Gala Show.
Tunes at Noon is presented by Councillor Dawn Sloane, the Downtown Halifax Business Commission and the Halifax Regional Municipality. Music Nova Scotia, C100 radio, The Coast and The Centre for Arts and Technology are also supporters.
You know, as I write this, I want to be out there someday performing. Being a singer/songwriter myself (my MySpace page), I don’t devote a lot of time to it due to the many other things I do. These people here have worked hard to get where they are today. Maybe seeing enough of them will motivate me to put on a much bigger effort and make that dream happen. Should do it soon while Dawn Sloane is still my city councillor, though, to increase my chances. 😉
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Reading Level: 8.2