Andrew and I spent a few days in Northwest Ohio, visiting family, my high school friends, and making a stop on my "Anne Schlea Book Tour." For those of you unaware, the area has been inundated with rain - wiping out some crops and seriously delaying the planting of others.
After I got home, I saw a social media post from a farmer that is a neighbor to my Aunt and Uncle's farm. They were giving up for the season. Fields of corn will be left unplanted until next season. The cost is already incurred in seed, fertilizer, and employee time. Over the summer, the fields will still need to be tended to prevent weeds from taking over, it will need to be tilled and cared for. Land rent or property payments will still need to be paid.
I thought about the impact of a bad year. My father-in-law raises chickens. A drop in the availability of corn (the hardest hit crop from the flooding) will affect him, too. The cost of his feed will go up, which means the cost of his organic, free range eggs will go up.
I grew up in Northwest Ohio. I'm sad to see the numbers of students in schools getting smaller as families give up and move to better places that have more job offerings. (Guilty as charged.) It's a peaceful, wonderful place to live.
The long term connection to any local business doesn't get past me. Every concert, we ask you to give us the opportunity to serve you. When you make a purchase from Music Authority, you're helping us to keep our lessons costs down, your providing jobs to local residents, and you're supporting local charities.
When you buy a guitar at Music Authority, a portion of that sale goes directly to our educational programs. Those sales allow us to provide you with top notch instruction at reasonable prices. The sale of gear allows us to pay our rent, our power bill, our insurance, taxes, and the salaries of the administrative and sales staff you see each week. Without those sales, lessons costs will be forced to go up - much like the cost of eggs when there isn't enough corn.
I don't want you to purchase from us because you feel like you must. I want you to give us the opportunity to serve you and give you the best purchasing experience possible. I want you to feel comfortable to come see us and sit down over a cup of coffee to discuss the newest gear.
I want Music Authority to be a place you can trust.
I know from growing up in Northwest Ohio that there are good years and bad years. I'm hoping next year is a better year. Weather is uncontrollable. Tariffs and regulations are uncontrollable. But I tip my hat to those men and women who persevere, get up in the morning, and walk out to their fields. It's a hard, fulfilling, and beautiful life. I'm glad I can go back, hit the reset button, and listen to the sound of the wind through the wheat fields.
As for our local economy, I encourage you to buy local. Dutch Monkey Doughnuts. Marie's Deli. Cumming Harvest Farmer's Market. The importance of supporting your local businesses has a ripple effect that touches roads, schools, first responders, local charities, and the employment rate of your local area.
Think globally, act locally. And the next time you need to purchase musical gear, please give us the opportunity to serve you.
We all lose track of time in the summer when the kids are out of school and vacations change our schedule. But don't be late!
Lessons payments are due on your LAST lesson of the month for the next month in advance. Please try to make timely payments!
Thank you for helping us keep lessons costs down by being on time!
Michael Stewart Returning to July's Rock Camp
We're excited to announce Michael Stewart will be joining us again at July's Rock Camp. There is still limited space available in Rock Camp, Set Sail.
July 8-12, 2019
Call Music Authority for more information at 770-886-9066
Check out this fun little instrument! A uke bass, this instrument is made of mahogany with cream binding. It's a great instrument to start out small students on, or just a fun addition to your own collection.