November 5 2020

Power of A Song

Kent Blazy,  who wrote Garth Brooks’ first number one hit, “If Tomorrow Never Comes.” Is an Inductee into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame for 2020, as was announced, earlier this week.

Kent Blazy’s musical influences growing up were The Byrds, Rodney Crowell, and Joe Ely.  Growing up, Kent played for several local bands in and around his hometown of Lexington, Kentucky. He later played for Canadian singer-songwriter Ian Tyson.

It was Garth Brooks that gave him the idea for “If Tomorrow Never Comes.”

“If Tomorrow Never Comes will probably always be my signature song. I ran the idea for this by what seemed like a thousand writers and no one really seemed to understand what I was looking for.”

Garth Brooks

Garth first met Kent Blazy in the late 1980’s. The two were introduced by Garth Brooks’ co-manager Bob Doyle.

“I passed this idea by Kent and he had the first verse down within fifteen seconds. I could tell he just felt it.”

Garth Brooks

To me, “If Tomorrow Never Comes” is one of the greatest love songs, not only in my generation but ever. The heartfelt song is about what would happen if I were to die the next day? Personally, I hope and pray that I am showing this kind of love to my wife.  Will she know how much I loved her?

“If Tomorrow Never Comes,” Was released in August 1989. It was on the album simply titled, Garth Brooks. The song also appears on The Hits and Double Live. The song was Garth Brooks first number one single on the US Billboard Country charts. At the American Music Awards in 1991, the song was named as the Favorite Country Single.

Songwriter Kent Blazy has a total of seven number one hits to his credit. Besides writing for Garth, he has written songs recorded by Kenny Chesney, Diamond Rio, Terri Clark and Clay Walker among others.

For Garth Brooks, Kent Blazy has also written, “Ain’t Goin’ Down ( ‘Til The Sun Comes Up),”  “It’s Midnight Cinderella,” “She’s Gonna Make It,” Somewhere Other than the Night,” and “Beer Run (B Double E Double Are You In?)”

Kent Blazy also wrote for Patty Loveless, “Can’t Get Enough.”  This was her first song to chart on the Billboard Hot 100. The song also spent 20 weeks on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks chart.

I like a song that I can relate to. I like songs that tell a story. Kent Blazy is a storyteller in his lyrics.

I am now listening to Randy Houser’s “Power of A Song,” (also co-written by Kent Blazy.) I can see this scenario all over again.  I am the type of guy who relates to music, no matter what the genre. If I listen closely, I can find some similarity about myself. A place, a person, a feeling. My past present and future can all be found in music.

That’s the Power of a song

When It Grabs you by the heart

It’s gonna find you when it wants to

No matter where you are

That’s a miracle of music

 – Power of a Song – BMG Rights Management Songwriters: Corey Batten/Kent Blazy/Randy Houser

That’s a miracle of music

Pancho.

September 25 2020

HAPPY BIRTHDAY IAN TYSON

Ian Tyson was born September 25, 1933 to immigrants in Victoria B.C. Canada. Ian’s impeccable career has earned him numerous awards and recognitions.


This Canadian Singer Song-Writer was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, The Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame and the Mariposa Hall of Music. His song “Four Strong Winds” was deemed one of the most influential songs in Canadian history. CBC radio named it the greatest song of all time. On American soil , the song was recorded by Johnny Cash and Neil Young.


The Western Writers of America placed two songs penned by Ian among the top 100 western songs of all time. “Summer Wages” and “Navajo Rug
Navajo Rug” has been recorded by Outlaw Country singer Jerry Jeff Walker, and Singer Songwriter Tom Russell does my personal favorite version of the song.


Tom Russell describes Ian’s Music as Nova Beat.

Nova Beat : characterized by “different beat” that altered the harmonies with the introduction of unconventional chords and an innovative syncopation of traditional samba from a single rhythmic division. Therefore, the “bossa nova beat“, then, is characteristic of a samba style and not of an autonomous genre.

Webster’s Dictionary

Per Wikipedia, Ian’s genre is classified as Country Folk Western or Americana , but as I listen to his music and yodel , He is most definitely Nova Beat.

A real life rodeo cowboy and ranch hand. Ian learned to play the guitar in his late twenties while recovering from a fall. His songs are soulful cowboy ballads and true confessions of the Wild West and the cowboys way of life.

Bob Dylan and the Band released a version of his song “One Single River” in Woodstock NY in 1967

From 1970 to 1975 Ian and his partner Sylvia hosted the Ian Tyson Show. A public broadcast in Canada. The show earned the nickname of Nashville North as it helped spread music from Nashville and Beyond across Canadian Soil.

Even into his 80s Ian is still a writer and producer of western music. He has written several works of literature and poetry on the subject as well. Most recently he published “La Primera” and has a song of the same title about the origins of the Wild Mustang.

Pancho