Listen To This!

Songwriting isn’t dead, It’s just not on the radio.

Well I guess that’s not true. I’m fortunate enough to live in a place with a local NPR station that dedicates six hours a day of it’s Monday through Friday programing to independent music. Come to think of it, there’s no excuse for YOU, yes you, too can find creative, well written, neatly composed music. IT’S CALLED THE INTERNET.

If you’re reading this, you are not like most people. Sure, you would let on that pop stars today have talent. But their talent is useless if the songs are garbage. Which they are. It’s incredible what entertains people these days. When reading about the Pro Bowl and it’s 5.0 television rating, I was blown away. Here is an event that is supposed to highlight the best of NFL football, and half of the top athletes skip the event. And people still watch it!?

Put down your boxed wine and stuffed crust pizza and let’s stop celebrating mediocrity, America!

Embedded below are just a few example of great songwriting and great live performances to boot. I chose the medium of NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts because I believe in this arena artists cannot hide their weaknesses. I hope you enjoy and take the time to share your favorite artists and tracks with us!




Robert Brennecke

Author of failed blogs "God's Third Grade Science Project" and "The Surly Otter," Rob really hopes Folk Rooster makes a good run. In the meantime he resides near the beach and works closely with a handful of colleges and universities. He'd rather be reading Chuck Klosterman and Jean-Paul Sartre. He may ask you to refer to him as a "high concept guy." Whatever that means.