I am their leader…Which way did they go?
A totally NEW and different thing, today. I have a few advisers I trust to help me navigate this totally new media type. Two of them, in recent weeks, have told me they think I think too formally. That the quest for technical quality may be consuming too much of my effort. That the spontaneity may be missing when I script, produce, and mix the show.
I am still not sure I totally agree with them. That’s okay, though. We may ALL be right, to a degree. In other words, there is probably a balance point I am seeking, and since all of this is so new, there is really no standard for when I have found the sweet spot (see the illustration at the top).
Corey Cottrell is a pioneer, and a troublemaker
I spent a few hours with Corey Cottrell, local musician and host of the Baboon Room, today. I try to do that once a week. He sort of picks me up by my mental ankles, and shakes all the mental lint out of my pockets. He’s capable of seeing new things with total confidence. He seems to have to fear of breaking down old systems, and replacing them with shiny, new, more functional systems.
He’s been experimenting with local live MUSIC performances, lately…Where he streams his shows live, and invites people to pay money for requests. He’ll play them for you from the bar where he is gigging, and you never even have to put on pants to hear your favorite tune.
The numbers are compelling. He often has viewer numbers in the hundreds for simple videos of his sets. Camera mounted on mic stand. Browser open on tablet next to camera for interaction, and to take requests. And…GO.
I know. It’s crazy. It’s low rent hi tech. You can’t even really include the high quality audio in the feed, it’s only as good as your camera microphone. And, yet…As Corey reminds me, that doesn’t matter to anyone but me. Instead of the old way “Ready, Aim, FIRE!”, we go “FIRE, aim….” and that’s it. Because we are never ready for big change, when it comes.
Monday night, I reached a lot of people during the peak of the live Facebook cast (I’m not even sure what to CALL IT, yet). A few minutes after signing off, there had already been 60 views. At 2am, the number of views is 92. I suspect today, as people wake up and click on it, it will reach 200. For what I am doing, that is substantial…And it happened with NO promotion, no schedule.
Feedback was instant, and overwhelmingly positive. I was able to read posts from viewers in realtime…Although that was clumsy, because everything happened so fast. The show you listen to today had no script, it was live, like the best talk radio. It was intimate, and it was interactive. Several commenters encouraged me to do this more often, and I will be doing that. How often is being discussed, but don’t be surprised if it’s a few times a week.
I still have a few tickets available for the Sunday Marine Science Camp Boat Day for Grownups (with BEER!), if you’d like to join us. Click the green text, above, to buy tickets on PayPal, or contact me at (727)859-8537 to get together and pay cash. Our local marine environment is so amazing…There was NO DOUBT at the Port Richey BBA meeting, tonight, that the Gulf is the jewel around which we need to build our futures, here. Come out with me Sunday, and let’s start talking about how to protect, preserve, and enjoy it…And how to SECURE it’s well being for our children, and theirs.