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To Anthem or Not to Anthem? After reading so many articles about our national anthem – not only a song that the average American cannot sing – but that the lyrics were written by Francis Scott Key, a slave owner, and which glorify war and are not really about our country. Some such as “God Bless America” (religious), “God Bless the U.S.A.” (associated more with American tragedy), and “America the Beautiful” (really about our country’s scenery) are just not quite perfectly appropriate. Maybe it is time we started looking at writing a national anthem that is more 21st Century and represents the diversity that is this country.
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COMBO is about the LOVE of Music. Our mission is to assist musicians with the ins & outs of the music industry. We offer guidance, advice, and education to help musicians advance their careers whether it been in writing, performing, teaching, or recording and sound engineering! Our articles represent some phase of the music business that could effect musicians – all musicians – everywhere. Our motto: Elevate Your Musical State!
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Miss a meeting you wanted to get to? Try Colorado Music Biz’s general YouTube channel:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZWXnO5WKAH5ORlMLunli3A

Talent Needed: Get the full info on COMBO’s website under “Talent Needed”:
● Durango Songwriters Expo: A Virtual Song Submission Opportunity…
● Cervantes Looking for Designer for their Merchandise
● Texas Troubadour Songwriters Contest – Deadline August 3, 2020
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Check out COMBO’s Calendar for Upcoming Events:
https://www.coloradomusic.org/colorado-music-business-organization-combo/calendar/
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Events – August 2020
Su, 2nd – Vintage Voltage Expo / Colorado Guitar Show – Show POSTPONED – See “Events”
Fr-Su, 7th – 9th – Colorado Black Arts Festival virtual experience! Online! – See “Events”
Mo, 24th – COMBO General Meeting – via ZOOM – Detail TBA – 7:00 p.m.
27th – 30th – Tarab Retreat – Colorado Springs – http://www.megyork.com
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Artists – August 2020
Su, 2nd – Wendy Clark Band, Bow Mar Beach, Littleton, CO 80123 – more TBA
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COMBO Member Cary Morin Updates Livestream dates:
https://www.youtube.com/user/carymorin
Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m – Live From Maple Street at Facebook and YouTube: https://www.facebook.com/CaryMorinBlues/
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Saturdays at 7:00 p.m. – Live From the Launching Pad at Facebook and YouTube:
(See above addresses)
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Events – September 2020
Sa, Su – 4th & 5th – FoCoMX 12 (postponed date from May) – See “Events” for details
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BELL RINGERS: Previous article ringing a bell? Look for it on COMBO’s Website!
● Warning Signs of Suicide 1-800-273-TALK
● How to Take Care of Your Mental Health During a Pandemic
● COMBO’s YouTube Channel Features Videos From Our Meetings and Friends
● Updates to the COMBO Resource Pages – List Your Business – Free!
● Black Arts Festival is Going Virtual Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic
● An Update on the Durango Songwriters Expo from CEO Jim Attebery
● Memorabilia From Shuttered Colfax Museum Finds New Home
● Alice Cooper Talks Early-’80s ‘blackout albums’: ‘The coke had done its damage’
● Op-Ed: When I Die, Scatter My Ashes at the Mercury Cafe
● Cervantes Looking for Designer for Their Merchandise
● The Clocktower Cabaret is Back, Throwing Pandemic-Appropriate Shows
● James Charles Evers – Civil Rights Activist – and Blues DJ
● Woman Refuses to Social Distance, Appears to Cough on Texas Musician
● Folks on Next Door.com Praise Practicing Musician
● New Bill Aims To Help Music Venues Suffering Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
● Sing Into the Funnel Please: Inside the Covid-19 Lab Hoping to Declare Singing Safe
● Healthy Concertgoers Wanted for German Coronavirus Experiment
● Stat of the Week: 61% of Universal Music Group’s Revenue Comes from Local Artists
● Chicano Music Festival on the Radio – KUVO
● Congratulations to Cary Morin on His Upcoming Release, Dockside Saints, on August 7th
● Twitter Disables Donald Trump Tweet after Linkin Park Copyright Complaint
● News Writer John Moore Lists Denver Businesses That Have Closed for Good – OUCH!
● Lumineers, Rateliff and Flobots Boycott Fiddler’s Green and Greenwood Village
● Live Nation, iHeartRadio, SIRIUSXM, Ticketmaster, and Pandora are Now All Under the Control of One Man.
● Durango Songwriters Expo: A Virtual Song Submission Opportunity…
● High Plains Buffalo Jam – Terry Bison Ranch, Cheyenne, WY – This Saturday, July 25th
● The Underground Music 2020 “Something” on July 25th
● COMBO Meeting: A Discussion of the Lack of Diversity on the Booking/Buying Side of the Colorado Music Industry
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