"...a 52% majority of GOP voters nationally think that ACORN stole the Presidential election for Barack Obama last year, with only 27% granting that he won it legitimately." Say what? More than half of Republican respondents believe the president was elected fraudulently! That's a stunningly high number. It's disturbing, not only as a demonstrable lack of faith in America's democracy but as an expression of wanton ignorance. " - Newsweek.
I read an article today about the power a woman has over a man once she lets him make love to her. I have always hated the concept that women "give" or "allow" and men "take" or "receive". But it takes generations to change those kinds of notions and that kind of language. We are not there yet.
She wanted a husband
Not a lover
So he grabbed his balls
And ran for cover
She wanted a future
Not just a past
So he grabbed his heart
And ran really fast
She wanted a servant
At her service
He shouted out loud
Is this what love is
She wanted a trinket
His heart would do
Okay he was me
So what would you do
©2009 Dave Tutin / openD LLC
First, for my American friends, I have to make it clear I'm talking about the beach at Brighton in England - not the Brighton Beach near Coney Island, New York. Although I wouldn't doubt that the latter got its name from the former.
Apparently, according to this quite well-written post, there is no such thing as an artist "selling out" any more. We've all come to accept that the only people with the money to keep the rock'n'roll wheels turning are the major corporations.
I have to admit that I was dismayed the first time Dylan let not just one of his songs but one of THE Dylan songs - The Times They Are A-Changin' - be used in a commercial.
I didn't care as much when Elton John let AT&T use Rocket Man. Although I was appalled at how the creative team involved butchered the song through editing.
So is this simply another case of being concerned when it's something that is personally important to you and less concerned when it isn't. Dylan's 'Times' was one of the songs that shaped my life - setting me on a certain path both musically and attitudinally from the age of eleven.
Elton John was the quintessential pop star, on the other hand, whose songs have just not aged well. For me at least. (I find it strange that there are now performers I cannot listen to for this reason - Elton and Billy Joel top the list. Odd that they have recently been touring together.)
But I digress. As usual.
The key question, now my whole heart is in the music world, is, "Would I let one of my songs be used for marketing in the highly unlikely event I were ever asked?"
There was a time, for sure, when I would have said no. Now? I'd probably say yes. With the same exceptions I had when I was writing ads: no cigarettes, no pharmaceuticals.
Why the change? Well, it's the same reason I think everyone has loosened up a bit in this area - it's almost impossible to make money from music any other way! Sad but true. I'm sure The Who are very glad of the income from the CSI shows alone.
I still admire hold-outs like Paul Simon (Can you imagine how many times he's been asked to sell Bridge Over Troubled Water???) but he made his money back when music mattered. So he can afford to to say no.
Today we drove fifty or so miles north of Santa Fe to a tiny town called Abiquiú. Its claim to fame is that Georgia O'Keeffe spent the last 37 of her 98 years living here.
I once had a secretary who spent a lot of her time at the office finding dates from singles web sites. When I said to her one day, "You do know that the IT people here know every site you visit, every email you write, every meeting you arrange and every photo you post" she went a whiter shade of pale and almost fainted.
If I know anything at all about photography, I learned it from Jake. I learned it by watching him as we traveled the world taking photographs for advertising campaigns I'd written for major corporations such as United Parcel Service. You can see some of those shots and many more on Jake's web site.
A Judas goat is a trained goat used at a slaughterhouse and in general animal herding. The Judas goat is trained to associate with sheep or cattle, leading them to a specific destination. In stockyards, a Judas goat will lead sheep to slaughter, while its own life is spared. - Wikipedia.
Anyone even remotely interested in my ranting about the future of music...or if it even has a future if it's all free...should read this great article at bbc.com.
Now I've had my little rant about all the companies who are in their own ways perpetuating "free" music, it's still nice when your day starts with emails from 26 new fans. My favorite of today was this:
I mentioned in a footnote to my post about my Screen-Name Song that there was a downside to all the "success" my music has experienced on Jango.com. And here it is.