A writer's 2013 hopes for the music scene

Seward, Neb., native Amy Heidemann, left, and her fiance Nick Noonan are the pop music duo Karmin.


So, last year was fun. But it's over now, so don't expect another look back at 2012. (I've already written plenty of those.)

Best to look to the future.

I'm not going to offer predictions for the new year. Those never come close to reality no matter how hard the predictor tries to reconcile reality with the predictions.

Instead, I'm going to offer my hopes. These are things I want to see happen in the music world, both locally and otherwise.

>> I hope someone creates a good incentive for fans to buy music legitimately. There's not a lot happening to make people pay for music instead of stealing it. Sure, the audio quality is better, the artist gets paid and all that, but none of those things are going to get someone with BitTorrent and a hard drive full of pirated tunes to start paying 99 cents a song. Someone in a lab should be hard at work on the solution.

>> An Omaha or Lincoln band to get picked up by a label that's not Team Love or Saddle Creek. Both are great labels and there's great music on each, but it would be cool to see Universe Contest on Merge. Or something like that.

>> A local band's song to be used in a car commercial. It will likely mean a nice payday for someone, and that's always good. The exposure for the artist will be even better.

>> A book about a musical genre as good as Mark Yarm's “Everybody Loves Our Town” about grunge and the Seattle scene. If every book on rock was this good, we'd all be reading more.

>> I hope Karmin's upcoming album is really good. The duo's first album was fairly maligned (it wasn't very good), but they do have serious talent and some supporters in musicians such as ?uestlove, among others. Singer Amy Heidemann is a Nebraska native and surpassing everyone's expectations would be good for them.

>> Someone here writes a song that another, more famous, artist puts on their album.

>> One, last, triumphant concert at the Civic Auditorium before it gets torn down.

>>When they schedule the benefit concert for whatever natural disaster next hits our country, they reach beyond the baby boomer acts. The 12-12-12 concert was great (and I love the artists that performed), but Alicia Keys and Kanye West were two of only a few performers who could be described as “still played on the radio.”

>> A local artist gets nominated for a Grammy.

>> A smooth opening and some big show bookings for the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln. It will mean a lot more driving for me and lots of other concert fans, so I hope they make those drives worth it.

>> And lastly, but most importantly, that everyone starts to pay more attention to music that's happening in Omaha and Lincoln. I get a lot of comments from acquaintances that go something like “Omaha has a great local music scene,” but they couldn't name an Omaha band outside of those that have charted on Billboard. There's great music here, many times better than what's playing on your radio.

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