Well, it seems that we have finally reached the end of a decade, or the end of an era if you will.
2019 has been a year for the books. Both for me personally, and the music industry as a whole.
This decade, the idea of Women in Music is coming back around. From campaigns to awareness, the world seems to be moving forward. We have seen the rise of a new generation this decade. From CMT’s Next campaign to the formation of the all-female supergroup “The Highwomen”, change is coming.
This decade The Recording Academy formed the Diversity Council; whose sole job is to promote diversity and equality in the music industry.
Additionally, we have seen the rise of bedroom records. Billie Eilish broke a number of records for being the youngest female to ever win a number of awards. Taylor Swift had a professional split or two and ended up winning and entertainer of the decade award.
So many things have changed not only professionally, but technologically.
A video wall is now commonplace in live shows, 270 and 360-degree tours are becoming more popular, and songwriters are more commonly becoming artists (also the TV show “Songland” aired its first season).
The world is undeniably changing and this decade (or even year) has been nothing but a perfect example.
On a personal note, this year has also changed a lot for me.
I finished two degrees.
I learned what spoken word was, then co-wrote a spoken word record, which then received a Grammy Nomination. I then released my own spoken word EP 5 months later.
I worked my first concert, then got a job working as a professional audio tech/engineer, and I now am working towards my first professional tour. I flew PA for the first time, learned the different types of audio consoles, how to program them, how-to wire, and how to google almost any technical information/ read manuals.
It’s almost laughable to see how much my life has changed. From getting accepted into college to deferring from that college and taking the job I was going to school to get a degree for.
Life is full of irony, and God has a sense of humor.
Here’s to 2019. I can’t wait to see what the future holds.