It started with Nursing Homes...

In High school I was active in choir, and even did some class plays.  Eventually, I did have a nervous break down and had to be home schooled, but at that point, I became more serious about doing musical performance. I didn't really perform out much as a teenager, but I did get my start doing the nursing home circuit. When I was in my mid to late teens, I performed at various  nursing and retirement homes all over the Virginia, Maryland, and West Virginia area. I did a variety of songs, but very few of my originals. I did mostly covers from the past. A lot of the old folks seemed to enjoy it. They would ask me how I knew all these "old songs". I just told them from my grandfather's record collection.  In those days, most of the people were still alive from the World War II generation. The legacy of Patsy Cline was strong, because she sang at many of the bars and restaurants in the Tri State area.  This area was her stomping ground. Some people in the area still rese…

Livestream Recap

My first musical livestream went pretty well. Here it is in playback mode:

American Idol Needs To Go

It's hard to believe that this show is still on. I suppose it's no accounting for the taste of the general public. None of these "singers" are really talented.  Why don't they just call it "cookie cutter idol"?   Every singer on American Idol feels the need to sing as loudly as they possibly can at the top of their lungs. With no idea about what purpose the song serves. No nuance. Just loud belting. No artistic interpretation.  But forget about all that. This show has been on the air for coming almost 20 years now?  And it has produced nothing. This show is also so dated. It's stuck in the early 2000's. We have had You Tube for quite awhile now. Alternative media is rising. No one really needs reality television anymore to get a fan base.

I remember when Richmond local Eliott Yamin was the toast of the town. We are about the same age. I remember being very jealous of him. Now I feel sorry for him. It's as if the show American Idol killed his…

Meade Skelton Music Survey !

Hello Readers,

Please take my music survey when you can. The purpose is a peer review study in order to find out how I can improve, and what perceptions people may have. It is anonymous, and your feedback is greatly appreciated.


Advice for Young Musicians

I have been in the "business" awhile, and here are some Pro tips for the younger folks who may be trying to get foot in the door of the music world. Whether it's just local, national, or otherwise,  I hope these tips may be of valuable use to someone who is trying to find their niche.

1.Don't Try Too Hard To be "Different" or "Original"

Just being "different" for different sake, is not going to work long term. It may help as a gimmick, but people grow tired of this. Try to be authentic, and true to yourself. If you are a bit odd, that is fine. But don't try so hard to be "unique". It will look forced. There is nothing new under the sun. If you are struggling, try and make music that exploits your own personality: something that funnels and channels who you are as a person . Audiences will respond to that. Be yourself on stage. (This does necessarily not apply to tribute artists)

2.Try to Sing in Your Own voice


Recording Again Soon !

More Recordings Come soon, folks!  I am going back into the studio in the Spring to record some songs  with The Meadow Street Band. We will do some the favorites we play in our shows, as well as some of my original tunes.

Songs that will be recorded this year include:

-Some Christmas songs such as    "In A Humble Place"

-"Say Yes"- A semi CC number I wrote a few years back

-"Night Rider's Lament"- A Garth Brooks tune

-"Love Is A Rose"- An MSB standard

And my newer Pop Country tune "Let's Run Away". I have some other songs as well. I am planning to try and get my Christmas album vinyl release by Christmas 2019. Not sure, yet. If not, it will certainly be available by next year. It will be the continuation of "Christmas Joy"- with 12 Christmas songs for Yuletide Merriment and reflection!

A Clip of Hollywood Dying....

You can find almost anything on You Tube. I reckon that's the beauty of it. In this clip, we see it's a birthday party, or tribute of sorts, to Elizabeth Taylor. The date is December 1st, 1977.  Many big and upcoming names in the business are there, including John Travolta, Paul Newman, Robert Blake, and others. The interesting thing about this clip is,  is that it's sort of  the last dying breath of Old Hollywood. Not that Hollywood was ever pure in any form, but there was a more dignified expression among the Stars of the previous Era. There is a more innocent feeling about this. It's when even in the secular world, people valued something more than just shaking the sheets.

At this time in the 1970's, Hollywood had been rapidly changing for almost a decade, and the  old guard was passing away. The films were becoming more geared towards nudity and forms of smut. Perhaps Hollywood was always that way, and at this point the mask was slipping. None-the-less , midway…