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Old 09-12-2019, 07:20 PM
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The power of Social Media is awesome and a bit frightening.


Aug 30 Craig Morgan released a powerful tribute song to his son that passed away three years ago. Craig had several top ten hits in the 00's but no longer has a label behind him. The Father My Son and the Holy Ghost is an independent release.

It was charting on iTunes in the seventies early Monday. Blake Shelton started urging all his friends and fans to listen, rate and buy the song. Many big platforms on Twitter got behind it.

The song,The Father My Son and the Holy Ghost charted number 1 on the iTunes country and overall charts within 24 hours. That's just incredible. Especially without a record label behind it.

It pays to have a powerful friend like Blake Shelton. He's one of the more influential stars in country music today. Social media sometimes gets misused but it did something good this time.

Here's Blake's one man promotion of a song. He's not done yet. I think the Today Show will be booking Craig Morgan and that will push sales even higher.

https://mobile.twitter.com/blakeshel...Ctwgr%5Eauthor

The promotion worked because this is such a powerful song. Nearly everyone has lost someone special to them. This song powerfully taps into the healing and grieving that goes with it.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.ten...amp/2297174001
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Morgan, who is currently without a record label, independently released his new song "The Father, My Son And The Holy Ghost" about coping with the loss of his son.

Lyrics include: In the morning I wake up, give her a kiss, head to the kitchen| Pour a cup of wake-me-up and try to rouse up some ambition| Go outside, sit by myself but I ain't alone| I've got the Father, my son, and the Holy Ghost.

On Monday, Blake Shelton picked up the mantle for Morgan and ran with it becoming a one-man radio promotion team for Morgan.
Here's a live performance.
https://youtu.be/Ce5I8f95WEA

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Old 09-12-2019, 07:53 PM
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Should have went The Father, the Son, and My Ghost Son.
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Old 09-12-2019, 09:01 PM
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Are we supposed to be surprised or impressed that a song about a dead child that overtly uses Christian imagery is popular in America?

Have you never heard of Eric Clapton?

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Old 09-12-2019, 09:27 PM
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Eric didn't have his song propelled to #1 in 24 hours by social media. He's also a much, much bigger name star than Craig Morgan.

There's so many people on social media. Blake has 20 million followers. Ellen DeGeneres has 78 million and she supported Blake's campaign. A lot of big Twitter platforms got behind this campaign.

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Old 09-12-2019, 09:29 PM
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Are we supposed to be surprised or impressed that a song about a dead child that overtly uses Christian imagery is popular in America?
He even managed to squeeze an "America, fuck yeah!" into it, mentioning how Uncle Sam helps him get by. It'll become an instant classic.
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Old 09-12-2019, 09:32 PM
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Eric didn't have his song propelled to #1 in 24 hours by social media. He's also a much, much bigger name star than Craig Morgan.
There also was no social media and no way to self-distribute like there is today; so what?

He churns out schmaltz that hits a bunch of people's buttons and then people buy the schmaltz… not surprising or impressive, IMO.

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The song reaches people on many levels. I connected with it because of my dad. I miss him every day.

Social media made people aware of it and at least listen.

A bad song wouldn't hit like this no matter how much social media pushed it.

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Old 09-12-2019, 10:43 PM
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A bad song wouldn't hit like this no matter how much social media pushed it.
Have you ever heard top songs?
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Someone likes those pop songs. I won't pretend to understand Taylor Swift appeal. She does have loyal fans.

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The song is okay. It should do well on the Christian music charts. And if it gets covered by say, Shelton, it will go high on the country charts. It's not my favorite music genre, but I live in an area that will just eat this song up.
I sent a link to the song to the lil'wrekker. I'll get her opinion, and report back.
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Old 09-14-2019, 11:28 PM
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This could be an opening for a new genre of Dead Son songs. I'm working on one now:

My son is dead, but I love Jesus
and my pet monkey, he's a Rhesus.
But I got sick from all his sneezes.
I got Monkey AIDS, says the electrophoresis.
But that's okay because I love Jesus.
And everything he does in Heaven will please us.

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Old 09-14-2019, 11:33 PM
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A bad song wouldn't hit like this no matter how much social media pushed it.
If that was the case, then we'd never have had Michael Bolton or Vanilla Ice.


(Personally I think Led Zeppelin's "All of My Love" was the best dead child tribute)
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Old 09-14-2019, 11:55 PM
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According to David Allen Coe (and song writers) the perfect country song needs to reference, Mom, Trucks, getting drunk and Trains. So its not the perfect country song. At all. It has a hook though. And that will get it played.
I watched video once, listened once more. I couldn't watch the singers face again. It was too weird. He did some strange grimacing. (He may not be able to help it, so I do have some sympathy for him) Someone with a better face will have to get in there and cover it.

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According to David Allen Coe (and song writers) the perfect country song needs to reference, Mom, Trucks, getting drunk and Trains. So its not the perfect country song. At all. It has a hook though. And that will get it played.
I watched video once, listened once more. I couldn't watch the singers face again. It was too weird. He did some strange grimacing. (He may not be able to help it, so I do have some sympathy for him) Someone with a better face will have to get in there and cover it.
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I can't imagine any major star covering this song. It's such a intimate and powerful view of Craig and his wife's loss of a son.

Blake & his Ex, Miranda wrote a similar song about his older brother's death. Blake couldn't make himself record it. His wife, Miranda Lambert recorded Over You. Blake & Miranda won CMA Song of the Year in 2012 and ACM song of the year in 2013.

The pain of losing a loved one can spark incredible creativity.

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I have talked with my choir director about performing The Father My Son and the Holy Ghost on a Sunday evening at church. Craig's personal testimony fits well with the smaller and less formal atmosphere of a Sunday morning service.

I've already started learning the guitar part and am slowly finding the melody on the piano.

It'll be early next year before it can be scheduled.

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Beck, I felt uncomfortable with Craig's facial contortions too.

He's said the Opry performance is the first time he did the song in public. I guess he was very nervous.

I hope he relaxes if the song gets performed for tv.

Craig has been performing for 20 years. I can't see him making this mistake twice.

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The song reaches people on many levels. I connected with it because of my dad. I miss him every day.
I miss my wife every single day, but this song made me sick. Luckily no one in the first few weeks after my wife's death tried to tell me that some evil religion would help me heal. I'd probably have punched them in the face.

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People grieve in many unique ways. I would never comment on how they cope and move forward in life.

Death is something I find harder to deal with as I get older. I've lost most of my older relatives since 2000. I'm aware that my own expiration date will be here in another decade or two. My faith has grown stronger because I need that support.

I don't disagree with anyone that feels differently. It's none of my business how they cope with the ups & downs of life.

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