Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Scary talent

Despite being one of the largest venues in the area, the air conditioning was not working at all last weekend.

Sitting in the balcony was the only option as it was also the only place with seating. But the sweltering heat and obnoxious foul body oder coming from below was casuing me to melt. I sort of regreted promising to spend all weekend here, but I was not there for my own amusment. I was there as a supporter - a grouppie.

As they took their position you could feel the anticipation by all of the kids. They were somewhat new to this kind of attention and crowd.

The whistel exploded acorss the court and we were thrown directly into the depth of a high school basketball game.

For three days I sat in a crowded, hot gymansium sweating out every fluid I had as I watched my brother - the jock of hte family - play his heart out in seven basketbball games.

The entire time the watchful eyes of supporters, parents and recruiters were beaming down on his every move, his every shot and even those missed ones.

10 high school kids, no older than 16 would take to the court to get noticed, hopeuflly by someone who would make them a star.

I can't beleive I am about to say this. But when I think of High School Basketball, it does not take much to make the leap into what has become the Indie Music Scene here in Kansas City.

The amibtious young kids playing their hearts out in shitty air-condition less venues hopeing to one day get noticed by the right person, the right group, the right recruiter who will walk up to them and ask, "So, are you ready to be a star?"

What kind of basketball do you have to be playing to realize that one of your spectators is BIll Self, Danny Manning, Brett Ballard, Mike Anderson and a slew of other names that can propell a lack luster high school kid in to the natioanl sports arena.

What kind of show do you have to play to realize that one of your spectators is Conor Oberst, Robert Moore, John Hulston and god know how many other kingmakers in the music industry that file into show after show to offer a deal of a life time.

If you do well in front of hte right people, then you get to go further, increase you influence and your abiltiies. You get stonger, tougher and smarter about your craft.

You become surrounded by people hwo adore you and want to be like you. You are surroudned by people who want to bring you down and make you less of a human.

How much of fame, though, is merely the discovery process.

It's a hard comparision for me to swallow. Basketball to the Indie Scene. But the similarites are striking and hard ot ignore once you are sitting in that gym or concert hall watching some very talented people do what they love.

Some do more for the sheer fun, other do it more for the want to be discovered, but neither can be mutually exclusive.

God know I keep hoping that one day Spin will finally give me a call.

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