Tuesday, April 7, 2009

the music biz...

ok...so it has been a week or so since my last blog...i am still sitting in the middle of virtual art (the internet) and making art (the studio)...it seems that the two are becoming bedfellows, as of yet, for this artist, that time has not come...yet.

a friend of mine sent me a link recently about the decline of the music industry pretty powerful look into what has happened to the disappearance of musicians, the art form of creating music and the expression of soul in the music industry. i am pretty sure most people reading this would be able to give a pretty credible answer as to why this has occurred, as we are all exposed to serious marketing...at every turn on every corner of every street, on every banner running across a website, flashing ads are multitudinous.

after watching this documentary...i was left with both hope and a feeling of sadness...hope that i have, at this moment, a better chance than any other time, to get my music "out there" via the internet, live shows, tv and films. and, sadness, because i am a witness to so many great artists who will never be heard, or heard by few ears, because they don't fit into the formula of sales that the four or fewer labels believe is "sellable" music.

a great quote from the documentary was made by Nancy Giles, former New York DJ:
I'd rather listen to somebody in their 30's, 40's, 50's 60's or 70's, that i know has gone through some s***, singing and playing instruments. I'd rather listen to that than somebody who is 20 - [they] haven't lived. and if you're 20 and pretty, what are you complaining about?
there is so much ageism in this country...an overwhelming focus on beauty and money...where is the talent? where is the celebration of the soul and craft of the art of the musician?? here's to all the musicians who are workin' it...living what they love and sharing their gifts with the world...may they all be abundantly compensated for there music, and may more people hear it!

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