Chris Young topped the country charts last week with his number one hit Gettin’ You Home. With this tune, songwriters Kent Blazy, Chris Young and Cory Batten wrote music made for loving and it is peaking just in time for the winter months when everyone starts to stay home and settle in with the ones they love. Songwriter Kent Blazy established himself early on with Garth Brooks cuts like If Tomorrow Never Comes and Ain’t Goin’ Down (‘Til the Sun Comes Up). Cory Batten currently writes for Kent’s publishing company and recently wrote She Wouldn’t Be Gone which Blake Shelton has taken up the charts as well.
Now an RCA recording artist, Chris made his first appearance on Nashville Star. Chris, Miranda Lambert, and Buddy Jewel are just a few of the successful Nashville Star alumns making music these days. Talent searches like this are not the norm. People can not expect to get the golden contract that these contests offer people in such a short period of time. Most artists come to town and fight their way through the songwriter and artist bars trying to be heard for years before they are ever noticed, if they are noticed at all. This is not to say artists who are found through contests should not be taken seriously. Everyone’s journey is personal. Different people need to learn different skills. Some artists need to learn how to handle their money or how to use their people skills. Others need to gain a stage presence by developing their chops in music venues around town. Sometimes that takes years or months. People are unique, therefore the path is never going to be the same.
Just because they didn’t pay their dues on the streets of Nashville doesn’t mean they don’t deserve their time in the sun. Most of the voices in protest against these winners are probably bitter because they haven’t been discovered yet. Nashville, music careers, and the path you take to get there are all very personal experiences. There is no equation for what it takes to make it in this industry. If there were, then it would be sold in television infomercials as some sort of a miracle sham wow to make it big in the music industry.
Let’s stop detracting from the spotlight of others just because it isn’t on us. The music industry is and should always be a place where music is encouraged and people are honored for their work. One day that could be you up there with the number one hit and people may remember how bitter you were along the way when others made it and you didn’t. Every step of this journey matters – do unto others as you would have them do to you. A simple rule that can be applied here. Celebrate victories and encourage people who have been defeated. In the end, that type of environment will foster better music and a more closely knit community in the music industry.
Here are the lyrics to Chris Young’s song. To all of you songwriters and artists out there – what makes it great? Just a little exercise for us to interact. Your answers for what makes it great could also be something musically, instrumentally, production based, melodically or even when it was released… all those are major contributors to developing a hit song! Please leave your comments about this song or this post – I can’t wait to know what you think!
Gettin’ You Home
Tuxedo waiters, black tie,
white table clothes and red wine,
we’ve been planning, this night,
looking forward to it,for some time
now honey I know you love getting dressed up,
and you know I love showing you off,
but watching your baby blue eyes, dancing in the candle light glow,
all I can think about, is getting you home,
Walking through the front door, seeing your black dress hit the floor, uh honey there sure ain’t nothing, like you loving
me all night long, and all I can think about is getting you home,
I don’t need this menu, no I don’t,
I already know just what I want,
did I hear you right, did you tell me,
go pay the waiter and lets leave,
now honey I know by that look in your eyes,
and your hand drawing hearts on mine, that our night out of the house, ain’t gonna last too long,
when all you can think about, is getting me home,
Can’t wait to see if he will stay at number one or if someone will crawl up the charts and surprise us all. Follow the top 40 Country hits by checking this website weekly.