We’re spending a lot of time down in Nashville these days
A LOT of time.
And one of the main things to do while in Nashville is to go the Grand Ole Opry.
Now, to be perfectly honest, before I came to Nashville, I knew nothing about Country Western music (and to continue on this thread of honesty, I still don’t). However, what we saw at The Grand Ole Opry was astonishing. Five thousand crazed fans who just love it. I am sure there are millions (so I am told). And an appearance at The Grand Ole Opry is, well, it’s like playing at Carnegie Hall if you are a classical musician.
Do you know the old joke where a guy stops someone on the streets of NY and asks ‘How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” and the answer is “Practice, practice, practice”. (I said it was an old joke. But it has a point).
Now, there’s a new way to get to The Grand Ole Opry (and probably soon Carnegie Hall – Youtube.
Kayla Sloan was literally a coal miner’s daughter.
And she worked in her local Walmart in Logan, W. Virginia.
One of the things she did in the Walmart (besides selling stuff, I assume) was to sing country western songs in the aisles.
If you worked in Bloomingdales in NYC and you started singing heavy metal in the aisles, my guess is that you would soon find yourself in Bellevue wrapped in wet sheets. But not, apparently, in Logan, W. Virginia.
At any rate, one of Kayla’s friends decided to videotape (and isn’t that an archaic term there days) her performance with her iPhone (next time, turn the phone lengthwise), and put it on Youtube.
The next thing you know, she’s ‘discovered’ and asked to perform at The Grand Ole Opry.
Apparently, she also was on Anderson Cooper 360 (but I didn’t see it).
In any event, to say this is a rocket of a climb for a music career is probably an understatement.
So mazel tov Kayla, (as we say down here in Nashville).
and for the rest of you, who needs American Idol when you have Walmart?
And you don’t even have to audition to get in.
(But you should probably buy something).
Want a look a the new ‘digital’ economy and how it works?
Here’s an interesting experiment:
List the top 10 corporations in the US in 1960. Do you know what they were? (at least according to Forbes)
(And what the hell was Esmark?)
In any event, all of this giants of American capitalism all had one thing in common – they all made ‘stuff&rs
Her name is Jenna Mouray and if you have never heard of her, you are obviously either not spending enough time on YouTube or not reading The New York Times carefully enough.
I had never heard of her either until 6 days ago, but since then I have been watching her videos.
She is smart, funny and has clearly found her niche on YouTube.
And people have found her as well.
The Newark Star-Ledger is a newspaper.
Several years ago, thanks to Jeff Jarvis, we were invited to their offices to talk about taking them into video.
Over the course of the next few months, we trained about 15 of their reporters to shoot, edit and produce their own stories.
It was a kind of experiment.
The experiment has succeeded beyond all expectation.
Last week, the Star-Ledger, a newspaper, won 3 Television Emmy Awards and garnered an astonishing 1
Yesterday at Columbia University
Yesterday, I moderated a panel at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism
Technically it was called "Journalism Start-Ups, Using What You Know"
But I think more properly it might have been called: Are Newspapers Totally Dead Yet? And if not... why?
On the panel were five alumni from Columbia.
I am also a CJS alum, class of '83 (which is hard for me to believe that it was so long ago).
In any event....