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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

2018 Key West Songwriter's Festival is in the books



The 2018 Key West Songwriters Festival has ended and is in the books. This was the first year since 2010 that I was not in it. I considered it an honor to be in the seven I was, however!

What I did see here on Facebook were some comments by Key West residents who clearly didn't understand what happens with the festival on several different levels. So, I thought I'd try to clarify it for them.



One of the comments I'd read on Facebook went something like “Why are these Country songwriters playing here in this festival? Why can't we have our own songwriters in it?”. This was the gist of several posts I'd seen.

Answer: The Key West Songwriter's Festival is put on by BMI Nashville. BMI has several centers around the country including New York City, Los Angeles, and Miami (Latin) as well. BMI Nashville makes all of the decisions on who plays in the festival. Smokin Tuna does a lot of the legwork for them down here as far as organizing venues, sound systems, schedules, etc. However, it is BMI Nashville who makes the decisions as to who plays in the event itself.

As it is BMI Nashville who decides who plays in the event, one may want to look at the fact that Nashville's nick-name is “Music City”. As far as music production goes, it is one of the largest in the country, along with New York City and Los Angeles. Production is the business side of it, such as record companies, publishing companies, song pitching, a well as writing, among others. So, it's natural that most of the songwriters you'll see in the festival are from Nashville.

Having said that, there are also, many, many songwriters from NYC, Los Angeles, London, Austin, and around not only the country but around the world as well. As Nashville is also the home of Country music, it's natural that the vast majority of songwriters are Country songwriters, especially when one considers the percentage of Country songs that are written by songwriters and not the artists who make them famous.

What BMI Nashville is essentially doing with the Key West Songwriter's Festival is having an event in Key West that is a token of appreciation for their songwriters, as well as giving them a fun atmosphere to showcase their music. It's also a place where business deals can be done, be it a record contract, co-writing, organizing a recording session. The possibilities are endless.

Key West has many festivals and events throughout the year. There's Lobster Fest, various art festivals, there's the Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, Fantasy Fest, Beerfest, The Power Boat Races, MOTM, I could go on. Well, the Key West Songwriter's Festival is another Key West event. Over the last several years it's brought approximately 18,000 visitors annually to the Island. What that means is revenue for Key West business, just as it does with any other festival or event held on the island. Let's be conservative and say these visitors spend $400 a day, between hotel, meals, and drinks. Well, that puts the revenue to the city at $7,200,000. Of course, that's far, far below the actual figure, as there will be hundreds and hundreds spending $1,000 - $2000 per day. I'd guess that the revenue brought to the city over the five days of the event is between $10 - $12M, and quite honestly, that figure may be low.

The Key West Songwriters Festival is one way the island brings in visitors who spend their money in hotels, restaurants, bars, sunset sails, art galleries, you name it.

Regarding our own songwriters part of the question.

Let's look at the first part of the equation in regards to the festival being presented by BMI. Well, for starters, the reality is there are not many songwriters here in Key West to begin with. Additionally, there aren't all that many quality songwriters here, and third, as this is a BMI event, so if they are with ASCAP or SEASAC, they not in the hosting organization.

It really helps if the local songwriter is published, especially in Nashville. Personally, after myself, I only know of two other songwriters in town who are published. Don't get me wrong, there may be more than I don't know of, but I know only two others that are. I've been published in Nashville for eight-teen years with McClure and Trowbridge Publishing.

I got in initially by contacting my publisher up n Nashville in 2010 and asked him if he might be able to help get me in? He knew the head guy at BMI who handled the event and within twenty-four hours I had an invitation from BMI. Subsequent years both my publisher and local rep, DSH, (no longer affiliated with the festival) plugged me with them, for which I am very grateful! Thanks, George and DSH!!!





Nashville is a town which caters itself to songwriters. Key West isn't. Here we are more focused on the live performance, and that can be anything from hearing a guitar virtuoso like Caffeine Carl just giving a stupendous “Here it is!”solo, to Rick Fusco who can highlight the subtleties nuances of a guitar solo, to Brad Shaduck hollering out something socially outrageous, to Will Parker cracking everyone up, to the Sunday afternoon Jazz at the 'Parrot. For Key West performers, regardless of how they do it, it's the live performance.


In Nashville it's more about putting the nuts and bolts of a song and recording together that will become a recorded hit by an artist, After that, the song will be possibly covered by our performers on the stages of Key West, and around the world as well.


For the songwriters festival, it's a dissected anatomy of how a song was put together. The songwriter will explain how the song came about, what inspired it, perhaps an anecdote to go along with it. It's not “Give me another shot!”. Nothing wrong with either, but it's a different thing altogether.

For the audience, it's not a bar gig, it's a concert. There's a big difference between a bar gig and a concert. In the events I've both attended and played in over the years, the audience would often be sitting in rows of organized seats and their attention would be 100% focused on the artist. Yes, behind them would be the expected banter. I can't say how many times when someone in the rows of seats started talking though, those around them would ask them to be quiet.





Though related, the art and craft of writing a song is a very different animal than the performance.

I've seen some people posting on Facebook that they've lost gigs and others asking why do we have all of these non-locals playing?

The latter part is actually funny because I've never heard anyone posting complaints about the bands that The Green Parrot, Schooner Wharf, Smokin Tuna, Margaritaville, and The Hoggs Breath bring in from out of town every week, have you? That just sounds like someone wanting to complain and looking for a misery loves company companion.

Lost gigs? Well, I'll say this, the event has been going on for twenty-three years. There might be two or three who have been here longer than twenty-three years, but for the rest of us it's been going on far longer than we've been here. So, if after twenty-three years, if you are a performer and not prepared for it..... Well...

Think of it as being a good thing for the island and all its businesses. As local musicians, none of us can draw 18,000 and $10 - $12M. Do it for the town's sake

 I always say you've got to give back.

That's what this blog is based on. I don't make money off of it. I do it to promote the town. It has over 220,000 views, so I consider that a success and something of value that I can give back in appreciation to the island. Each blog takes between four to six hours to put together, for the most part. That's my way of giving back.

Remember, it's not a one-way street. We all have to give back. Call it Karma, call it reaping what you sow, but it can't take, take, take. You've got to give back as well.

Also, be reminded that MOTM is coming the first week of November, and though it's about 1/3 + the size of the Key West Songwriter's Fest, like songwriters, a lot of venues make room for incoming acts.

So, in closing what is The Key West Songwriter's Festival?

A) It's an another of many Key West festivals.

B) It's presented by BMI Nashville as a few things:

  1. It's BMI Nashville's s token of appreciation and annual gift to their songwriters, who are their bread and butter, where the songwriter's works are showcased, plus, they have some time to hang out and let their hair down with Key West as the setting.
  2. It's also a business opportunity for record companies, producers and people in the industry to hang out, listen to a lot of acts which pertain to what they do and possibly put a few deals together.
  1. The event brings in about 18,000 visitors to Key West who spend an estimated $10 - $12M over the five days that they are here.


So, summing up in a nutshell; BMI Nashville moves their key people and songwriters from Nashville and beyond, together with sponsorship and backing, to Key West for five days, along with an entourage of about 18,000 who come and spend $10 - $12M, possibly more, in Key West businesses.

The Key West Songwriter's Festival is the largest festival of it's kind, in the world. I don't know what this year's figures are, but I do know that last year there were over 230 songwriters on the schedule, not to mention around double that coming into town hoping to catch the ear of a publisher, producer, artist, or record company exec. with a song or two.

BTW, if you are a songwriter and want to be in next year's event, now is the time to start moving on it.

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Help Me Write A Song!




It was a funny series of events! Over the previous two Mondays, I've been doing live Facebook broadcasts called “LIVE Around Key West”, Sponsored by Tiki Man Radio https://www.tikimanradio.com/! The plan was to do short vignettes, maybe 7 – 10 minutes long, from locations in, or around Key West, which would air at 7 pm on Mondays. These have actually done VERY well, I'm happy to report!



In things like this, there's always a learning curve. The first video from the Truman Waterfront came out sideways! Additionally, in an attempt to capture the sunset behind me, my face was largely a shadow! Live and learn!

The second video was done at Safe Harbor, including an interview with Tadd and Lindsay, friends who were about to embark on a sail to Europe aboard their 47 ft. catamaran! As of this writing, it has over 2,200 views!




With the third installment a couple of days ago, I ran into a problem. I was virtually out of data! Doing a live video from a location where I couldn't have WiFi would be a disaster. I talked to our sponsor, Danny Lynn, of Tiki Man Radio and he mentioned he had made the announcement on Tiki Man Radio that we go live every Monday at 7 pm.

This was late too. I started thinking what I would do and I blossomed up a fun idea! Twenty minutes before we were to air I thought of doing a show at our house, The Conch Rock Shanty. I had WiFi here of course. The kicker is that I would often do videos from the house, so a lot of people would already know it. So, what could I do to make it unique?

Then it dawned on me! I had just started to write a song, “She's Waiting for the Sun To Go Down” and what if I put it out there for others to contribute? That would be fun!

I had the first line of the song being:

"She's waiting, waiting for the sun to go down

 "She's waiting, waiting for the sun to go down"



I mentioned in the video that the idea was this woman was on a sailboat, be it a private sailboat, a sunset sail on one of the large catamarans with 40 people aboard, or anything in between. The boat will be off of Key West, as well.

The line "waiting for the sun to go down" can mean either actual or, a metaphor 


I already had the chord progression written. At this point, with ten minutes to go before airing, I came up with a progression for the bridge. We aired on time and online!

The reaction I've gotten back has been fabulous! Some folks just sent a line, others a verse, while others sent the whole song lyrics!

Honestly, I don't see using the complete song lyrics sent. However, what I will be doing is taking bits and pieces from as many as I can, and putting them together to create a song! Everyone whose lyrics are used will be credited as a c-writer!

Here's the song in structure:




Here's a fun anecdote regarding co-writing!

Gregg Allman was in progress of writing Midnight Rider in the Capricorn studios in Macon, Ga. late one night. His friend and roadie, Kim Payne, was there and wanted to go out and party, but Greg was stuck with a missing lyric. Kim was getting frustrated and antsy. He kept coming back to Gregg asking if he was done yet and Gregg told him “I'm almost done. It's something about the road I'm trying to figure out”. Kim would get annoyed and leave the room, then return 5 minutes later saying “Done yet?”. On the 6th or 7th time Gregg said again “It's something about the road” At which point Kim just blew up “Oh man! The road goes on forever, let's go out and party!”

Gregg's eyes opened wide and he smiled “That's it, man!” to which Kim replied, “What the hell are you talking about?”, but that was it!


The second verse of the song the first two lines are:

“And I don't own the clothes I'm wearing,

And the road goes on forever”

Songwriter credits are Gregory L. Allman and Kim Payne


So join me! Feel free to send in some lyrics and be a co-writer!

Additionally, I'm a published songwriter with McClure and Trowbridge Publishing, Nashville and have been since 2000. If they like the song, they may pick it up. Who knows? In our genre, there are very, very, very few songwriters who are published, with an actual publishing house. I'm very fortunate to be one.


ALSO!!!

Very important opportunity!

We're interested in teaming with anyone who would love the opportunity to be an executive producer, who can assist on the financial side of getting the song recorded! The idea here is to record it with world-class producer, Ian Shaw, recording and producing it, right here in Key West. What a great opportunity to be involved in a recording!


For lyrics submissions as well as executive producer interests, please contact me at:



Sponsored by Tiki Man Radio!  https://www.tikimanradio.com/ 

Tune in, listen, and smile!!!



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Friday, March 30, 2018

"This Is Key West Calling" - How did the name come about?










This Is Key West Calling's name is a nostalgic, tongue-in-cheek, whimsical throw back, to the 1940's. The name harks back to radio intros from World War II news reports, the most popular being from London, both prior to, and after American involvement. Back then the announcer starting the radio broadcast off with “This is London Calling”, amid the static that went along with 1940's am radio. Additionally, radio broadcasts to and from remote locations during the era often started out with a similar opening announcement.

“This is Key West Calling” is a radio event, so it's apropos! We'll get to that in a moment, but the stage needs to be set properly for the proper showcasing.

It wasn't all that long ago that Key West itself was a remote outpost. In the grand scheme of things, the 110+ mile Overseas Highway has only existed since after the 1935 hurricane wiped out the Overseas Railroad and the bridges were converted to road use. However, even then, one was tempting fate traversing the bridge, as it was so narrow that trucks passing each other often lost their mirrors. This was the case until 1980, when the first new bridge, Bahia Honda, was built, followed by all the rest.


With the stage set of having Key West being a remote outpost,“This is Key West Calling” was adapted with the joint idea that the event would include Trop Rock radio stations.



The main purpose of this is to encourage the growth of the Trop Rock music genre. That is the goal, first and foremost.

 We currently have six Trop Rock radio stations working together, broadcasting the event on each of their stations live simultaneously. In addition the event is now recognized by the TRMA.



The event is still evolving so I will post updates as they develop. The music acts have yet to be determined.

For additional information, check out this blog from earlier this week:

http://keywestmusic.blogspot.com/2018/03/this-is-key-west-calling.html



"This Is Key West Calling" will be held on MOTM week, Sunday, November 4th, 2018



Thanks for your interest!

“Key West Chris” Rehm




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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Sailing off of Key West - It's an inspiration!




Some of my songs, such as Liveaboard, Sailing, Garrison Bight, Life On My Terms, Dockside Bar, Yeah, A Harbor, Yesterday Today and Tomorrow, Wahoo Sunrise, to name a few, are songs of mine about being out on the water. Be it sailing, fishing, living, hanging out in a bar dockside, it all revolves around the lifestyle of being in and around the water.

I've always lived in close proximity to the water. There's just no way I could live in a place like, say Kansas for an extended period of time. I've always loved being by the sea.

For the last ten years, I've lived on an island which is well over one-hundred miles out to sea, Key West. I try to get out on the water whenever I can! After all, that's what Key West IS! There is nothing like being out on the water!

It amazes me that so many people come here and don't get out on the water! I have a friend who bought a house here and over several years of coming here as a vacation, then several more as a homeowner, never got out on the water! Once she did she said, “How did I not do this before?”. She's addicted to it now!



A sunset sail in Key West lasts about two hours...


We are very fortunate and have been out on boats of friends of ours many times over the years. Yesterday we were out with our friends Tadd and Lindsay, aboard their 48' Catamaran, Makara! Thank you Tadd and Lindsay! Makara is available for charter! Contact them for April availability! The boat will be leaving until December, however, you can certainly book in advance!

Contact here: https://www.facebook.com/worldsailingadventures/ 

There was a strong thirteen-knot wind with gusts to twenty. The seas were rough and the water was the most amazing shade of green.... Here it is! ENJOY vicariously!

It's no wonder the sea inspires such inspiration for so much of my music!


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Saturday, March 24, 2018

“This Is Key West Calling" an MOTM week event!





What is “This is Key West Calling” anyway? “This Is Key West Calling” is an MOTM week event, focusing on live radio with live music performances and interviews with Trop Rock artists.

The event itself will run on MOTM week, Sunday, November 4th, 2018 from 11 am to 4 pm at Sunset Tiki here in Key West. The main purpose of this is to encourage the growth of the Trop Rock music genre. That is the goal first and foremost. Having a lot of fun is the modus-oparendi of making it happen!!!



How will this be done? To start with, we currently have six Trop Rock radio stations working together, broadcasting the event on each of their stations, live simultaneously. Additionally, Digital Publishing will be running a live video stream! To our knowledge, there have never been six radio stations working together on the same broadcast. Because of this, we will have several press releases throughout the year prior to the event.

The idea came about, interestingly enough, through of all things, the beer industry! In 1980 there were about 200 breweries in the United States. Today there are over 6000, the vast majority of which came about in the last ten years. As a beer enthusiast for over four decades and a bar owner, I saw that the new micro-brew/craft was approaching their industry in both A ) doing something they were completely unconscious of and B ) doing a marketing strategy that was entirely revolutionary.



What was happening was the reps from say three different breweries, let's call them 1, 2, and 3, would meet at a bar and start talking about their favorite beers. Then, by happenstance and the typical atmosphere in bars in general, they would start talking beer with the other patrons of the bar. Next thing you know, the rep from brewery 1 is telling the patrons what a fabulous beer brewery 3 has, while brewery 2 rep is telling someone else what a great beer brewery 1 has. This wasn't by design. This was just the enthusiasm and passion they had for the product itself. This wasn't Bud and Miller beating themselves over the head. This was an industry working together and what it did was raise the industry as a whole. The consumer loved the product and the attitude. The result has been remarkable!



With that in mind, the event “This Is Key West Calling” a similar approach, is being taken. In this case, it's Trop Rock radio stations all working together in the spirit of growth of the Trop Rock genre.

We currently have six Trop Rock stations on board who will be carrying the event live, along with the live video feed from Digital Publishing! The Shore Radio will also have a video feed, possibly tied in with Digital Publishing. Stations that can't be there will broadcast the feed live! In addition, there will be several other stations/shows that will be associate endorsers who cannot broadcast the event live, however, they will be backing “This Is Key West Calling” with interviews leading up to the event, as well as re-broadcasting interviews and performances in the weeks and months following the event.





Thus far, the format has not entirely been settled on. We would like to have known Trop Rock musical acts and possibly up and comings. However, the latter has yet to be decided, as we hope to have interviews as well. At this point, we haven't reached out to the Trop Rock musical artist community. Having said that, it's a marvelous opportunity for any artist to play!  They would be broadcast on not one, but six stations live! Plus, interviews leading up to the event, and subsequent re-broadcasts on both the six stations carrying the event and the associate endorsing stations, not forgetting the Digital Publishing video! It's a marvelous opportunity!

The stations on board at this time are Tiki Man Radio, Radio Trop Rock, 104.9 The X, The Shore, The Tiki Pod Radio, and Beach Bar Radio.

Associate Endorsing stations/shows are Island Time Radio, Songwriters Island, and Beachfront Radio!

The choice of stations has been easy. The thing about Trop Rock is that the entire attitude promotes good tidings and a positive outlook on life, which all of the above do exceptionally well! If I have missed a station that fits into this category, please let me know! We'd be happy to have them aboard!
Mind you, we don't want a station who plays poorly recorded material, or gives the genre a black eye from time to time. However, as I say, any station who falls into the true Trop Rock ethics, quality music, and a beach attitude, we'd love to have them join us!

Time and Location:

“This Is Key West Calling” will be held at the stunning Sunset Tiki Bar at The Galleon Resort 619 Front St. The event will be held on Sunday, November 4th, 2018 from 11 am – 4 pm.




The first press release for “This Is Key West Calling” is expected in early April. Updates will be posted on Facebook as well as here.

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What people are saying about Time Traveler:

By Renn Ho'Aloha Loren March 22, 2018


Key West Chris Rehm is the epitome of the town which he so obviously loves and knows so well.
Rehm is also a published songwriter and singer of songs.

On any given day or evening he can be seen somewhere around Key West performing with his partner singer-songwriter Dani Hoy in their band The Shanty Hounds, in addition to being an author and a bar owner. Moreover, his knowledge and love of his tropical island village are significant highlights of this highly entertaining, informative, and thought-provoking book.

As a friend, I am doubly surprised to feel that I am reading the work of a classic author and not someone I know so well. However, that is Chris's talent.

The characters are alluring and well-developed -- one gets to feel like Mark Straight, Glades, and Blackheart are friends that one has known for years.

The descriptions and informative narrative asides paint such vividly detailed and enlightening pictures that one is transported to the many street scenes, clubs, and sights of Key West past and present. There is a strong sense of the effects of the passage of time and readers will wistfully imagine the lives of the hamlet's previous inhabitants while being curious as to where the protagonist will end up next. Where does it all lead? Who is this Arthur character and why does he know so much about time travel? How will Mark manage his temporally-challenged relationship with Glades? Rehm even draws Hemmingway into the story in such a way that one can feel the man's presence.

As educational as it is entertaining, Time Traveler is a compelling read for anyone who is curious about,plus, has a love for or a history with Key West.

Pick up a copy and then try to put it down!  











Saturday, March 17, 2018

Story Behind The Song: Willie Nelson / Back In Texas, Back In Luck




This is a funny song in several ways, some funny as in a joke, and also funny as being different. To begin with, it has two titles. The first title was “Willie Nelson”. The second title was “Back In Texas, Back In Luck”. To this day I'll use either!

I wrote the song immediately after Willie's bus was pulled over on I – 10, just outside of Lafayette, Louisiana in 2006 and everyone on the bus was taken in. This was the first of several times this has happened to Willie.

Notes on the song:

  1. Bio-Diesel in the first verse refers to Willie's involvement in Bio-Diesel fuel. Because of this, he obviously runs his tour bus on it and the first line of the song says “Bio-Diesel she's a-hummin'”
  2. Luck: Luck refers to the town Luck, Texas where Willie lives and was heading back to when they were pulled over. I had a lot of fun with this in the lyrical content of the song.
  3. In writing the song, I made a concentrated effort to write it in one of many of Willie's styles. This being a ballad, it's more along the lines of a cerebral style chord progression and melody that Willie is known for. Having said that, while it's influenced and attempted to be in his style, the chord progression and melody were not taken from any of his songs, nor were any of the lyrics.
  4. This song is a salute to an American treasure and icon. While it has tong-in-cheek subtle humor within it, the song is a tribute to a very special individual who has given his art to all of us for close to 60 years. I love Willie Nelson!









Back in Texas, Back in Luck/Willie Nelson
1

I - 10 BIO-DIESEL SHE'S A-HUMMIN'

ROLL ACROSS THAT STATE OF LOUISIANNA

TOUR BUS, SHE'S A-ROLLIN', FARM AID, SHE'S A-COMMIN'

IN JUST ABOUT TWO WEEKS TIME

2
OUTA LUCK, BUT HEADIN' BACK HOME

COMMERCIAL CHECK ON A LATE SUMMER DAY

LAFAYETTE, LOUISIANNA

LOOKS LIKE WE COULD BE HERE TO STAY

(coda)

THEY SAID IT WAS BURNIN' NOW THE WHEELS, THEY'RE NOT TURNIN'

AND I STARTED TO YEARN FOR THAT SWEET TEXAS SAGE

DIESEL'S SHUT DOWN AND WE'VE ALL GOTTEN OUT

THE RIDE IS OVER TODAY

3

SOMEHOW THEY LET US GO WITH LITTLE MORE THAN A WARNING

BACK ON THE ROAD LATER THAT DAY

NOW IT'S OVER AND ALL BUT FORGOTTEN

BACK IN TEXAS, BACK IN LUCK

(coda)

THEY SAID IT WAS BURNIN' NOW THE WHEELS, THEY'RE NOT TURNIN'

AND I STARTED TO PINE FOR THAT SWEET TEXAS SAGE

DIESEL'S BACK RUNNING AND WE'RE ALL HEADED ON

WE'RE BACK IN TEXAS, BACK IN LUCK

WE'RE BACK IN TEXAS, BACK IN LUCK

WE'RE BACK IN TEXAS, BACK IN LUCK


9/19/2006 by Christopher Rehm - BMI


Here's a video of the song made when I first moved to Key West in 2008. Interestingly enough, it was recorded on July 4, 2008. Fitting, as Willie is a true American treasure!







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Have you ever read a book that you would force yourself to put down sometimes because you didn't want it to end ? This is THAT book !! This story sucked me in and I couldn't wait to get back to it so that I could discover what was going to happen next . Chris Rehm writes this so well you are able to feel as if you are standing right there in the story with these characters, seeing what they are seeing and sharing their experiences with them. My only hope is this becomes a series so this fun journey can continue





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