Saturday, July 4, 2009

Indie in a MAJOR way.

We have the FREEDOM to Love Music and Love Life. Little history tid-bit at the end and, yes, I know, I know.... us Outlaws keep harping on this "INDIE in a MAJOR way" slogan with events like The Backwoods Bash, Dfest, Texas Rockfest, and all the other independent concert and festivals, especially in Middle America - the last untapped talent pool in the good ole US of A. It's hard to fall for the gimmicks of corporate America when I see hard working kats like Full Service, Gorrilla Marketing, and these street performers in Boston today - seen below. This being the 4th of July makes me really thankful for the freedom we have in this country to be like our forefathers and "snub our noses at the man."

I watched these two kids today make LORD KNOWS HOW MUCH MONEY in just a few hours, just doing what they enjoy. No permits. No contracts. No regulations. Just a nice space to go and "get it." Amazing.

Although I wonder somedays if all this work that Matt Jostes and I do with the Backwoods Bash is worth it. I know Sean probably wonders about Texas Rockfest and all the free support he gives to independent musicians, entertainers, and artists..... but the reality of hardwork, FREEDOM, and persistence reassure me that we are on the right path.

So, if you are an independent artist, musician, or entertainer.... please take a minute to thank a veteran and those who support your cause to setup shop and do what you do. You can support our freedom fighters and colleagues without supporting the BS politics of global monetization in the name of democracy or whatever cause can be dreamed up....

HISTORY LESSON: Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence? You can read the version for the full factual scoop but this will give you good perspective of the point I'm trying to make.

Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died. Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured. Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.

They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor. What kind of men were they?

Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists. Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation owners; men of means, well educated, but they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured.

  • Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his Ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags.
  • Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward.
  • Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.
  • At the battle of Yorktown , Thomas Nelson, Jr., noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt.
  • Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.
  • John Hart was driven from his wife's bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished.

Some of us take these liberties so much for granted, but we shouldn't. So, take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and silently thank these patriots. It's not much to ask for the price they paid.

Remember: freedom is never free!

I hope everyone has a safe and eventful 4th of July. PEACE..... and, remember, DO YOU! Coz Imma do me..... wooo-weee.

1 comment:

SeanclaesDOTcom said...

Freedom is never free... or dumb.

Nice post.

You have to support what you believe in, or you're not supporting anything. I have the unique position that I can give a little help and promotion to independent musicians. Those, like the two kids who were jamming in Boston on the 4th, that are getting up each morning and thinking "How can I make a difference today. What can I do to continue doing what I love to do?"

They dance. They sing. They play music. It reminds me of a Ray Charles quote I read this morning (7/6/09) as part of the Monday Morning Memo of Roy H. Williams (it's in the Rabbit hole...that you can access by clicking on the photo at

"I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me, like food or water." - Ray Charles

When someone is as passionate about something... how can you NOT support it with all you have?

That's what we do.
That's the Outlaw way.