INSIDER’S TAKE: WHAT THEY GOT RIGHT VS. WELL…KINDA.
What They Got Right:
1) Opening tour bus scene: I really loved the opening montage of shots looking out the front of the the tour bus window.
It seems really accurate to me as far as what feels like watch the days come and go on a bus. You work really late, maybe you don’t even get off stage until 11:30pm or later. And then you’re too amped up to go right to bed. So you sit around with your band in the front lounge, and you try to not eat the french fries, or subs, or pizza that somebody ordered for everyone as “post show food,” (which is exactly that–food that you eat “post show” that’s usually brought to the bus after you get off stage.) Oddly enough, on the road, everyone is hungry at 1 am. And, at least in my world, that has absolutely nothing to do with the munchies. And then you get up late because you’re on the road, sometimes, until well into the morning, and it just makes more sense to the rhythm of the day to stay in your bunk until you’ve arrived at the next venue.
I think Nashville did a great job with this whole opening scene, because it does really give you a bit of the feel of the space, the bunks, the messiness, the fun, the playfulness, the killing time… even the working and recording. Now, I don’t know what Scarlett is recording into when we see the shots of her singing with headphones on (let’s just pretend we’re meant to believe she’s singing into the built-in mic on her laptop), but other than that, I think this whole opening scene depicts life on a bus really well.
2)Marcus makes a comment about spending the whole day at “Grimey’s going through the bins.”: This is a reference to a great local record store named “Grimey’s New and Pre-Owned Music” which is owned by Mike Grimes. It is above another rather famous local landmark also owned by Mike Grimes, “The Basement” which is one of my favorite small venues in town. If you come to Nashville for a visit, see if there happens to be an in store performance at “Grimey’s” while you’re here. There’s actually an in store performance by Cage The Elephant coming up on Dec 17th that I’m tempted to go to. You buy the album, you get to go to this little acoustic performance at the record store; that’s pretty darn cool!
(Below is a shot of The Black Keys performing in-store in 2006)
1) Marcus txts to say he’s dropping a song off his album: An artist could NOT on a whim drop a song that is supposed to be on his/her album THAT IS COMING OUT NEXT WEEK. That’s just not possible. The album would already be pressed and printed and songs would NOT be changing. I don’t know how late in the game you could be making changes like that, but I would say even a month out would be pushing it.
2) Song/Hold Database: Rayna says to Marcus, “’A Father’s Son’ isn’t on hold anymore” (I guess inferring that they could cut if they wanted.) They show a screen that says “Song Database.” Now…this doesn’t exist but it would be genius. Even if it was just a database of songs currently “on hold” that would be brilliant.
[A “hold” is like a reservation placed on a song. If an artist, manager, A&R person, or producer is interested in a song, they put the song “on hold” until the artist either cuts it, or doesn’t cut it…at which point it is no longer “on hold.” Or they may pass on the song, which also means the song is no longer “off hold.”]
In summary, the song/hold database is totally inaccurate, but totally genius!!
3) Lyric Change Drama: Marcus trying to make a lyric change on a song he’s recording that was written by Deacon, and Deacon is kind of flipping out about it. Yes, there is the occasional songwriter who does not want any lyric tweaks on their song, no matter how small. And there might also be the occasional artist who tries to “tweak” a song lyric to get in on the writing credit (the show doesn’t insinuate this—but it does occasionally happen.) But for the most part, a songwriter just wants their song to get cut. And if that means a minor lyric tweak so the artist is “feeling it,” so be it.
Also…it’s REALLY unusual that a songwriter would be in the studio while an artist is singing their vocals.
4) Avery at the “jingle studio” to get his check [ which is weird in and of itself.] Avery states the amount is for much less that the quote. Now, I guess I don’t really know about “jingle” rates, but in the regular world, most working musicians are members of a union, and the rates are not really negotiable….you’re paid a rack rate, and you’re usually not paid by the hour. You’re paid by the “session” which is a three hour block of time, like 10-1pm or 2-5pm. But that sucks for Avery.
That’s all for this week. Hit me up in the comments with opinions or questions!