A brief history of why artists are no longer making a living making music

(via Roots Music Canada) by Ian Tamblin

Today’s column from veteran Canadian singer-songwriter Ian Tamblyn is adapted from a speech he gave at a symposium at Trent University.  It’s a long read, but we decided to post it here all at once it its entirety because, well, it’s just that good. 

I would like to begin this talk on the future of “popular” music with a few cautionary notes about our ability to see into the future clearly. The fact is, it would appear we are not very good at it. Somewhere back in our Savannah DNA, we got very good at reacting to danger when it presented itself — say a lion or tiger. However, it seems we are less capable of looking ahead to avoid danger. In other words, we are a reactive rather than proactive animal. The contemporary analogy in relation to climate change is that we are similar to the frog in a pot of hot water who does not have the sensors to recognize the increasing temperature and the fact that he should get out of the boiling pot.

Yes, there have been a handful of futurists – H.G Wells, Aldous Huxley, and given the state of many current governments I would grudgingly include Ayn Rand. Probably the most successful futurists in our lifetime may have been Marshall McLuhan and Stanley Kubrick, but even so, all of these writers and film makers have been only partially successful gazing into the crystal ball. Given that the past is no more fixed than the future I begin this conversation with you.

What I hope to discuss in this time with you is the relationship between technology, the gift of music and the commodification of that gift and how that gift and the commodification of the gift has been eroded in the digital age, and as I see it, could continue to be eroded well into the 21st century…

Read more: https://www.rootsmusic.ca/2019/03/14/a-brief-history-of-why-artists-are-no-longer-making-a-living-making-music/

Video of the Week: Miguel Rivera’s Solo Guitar Arrangement of Michael Jackson’s ‘Beat It’

Songs You May Have Missed #633

Guster: “Overexcited” (Extended Version) (2019)

Guster have gone for an 80’s nostalgia feel on their 2019 Look Alive album, and “Overexcited”, presented here in it’s non-LP extended version, evokes that British cheek and spirit of bands like Madness.

The lyric video will fill you in on the hilarious bantery bits.

See also: https://edcyphers.com/2013/03/17/songs-you-may-have-missed-364/

See also: https://edcyphers.com/2015/01/31/songs-you-may-have-missed-521/

See also: https://edcyphers.com/2012/03/01/recommended-albums-9/

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How ReadyToPlay Can Save Your Music Collection

(via Seagate blog) by Steve Pipe

Quick — when was the last time you listened to music on a compact disc? If you’re like many consumers, you probably have stacks of CDs gathering dust at the back of an entertainment cabinet or boxed up in a closet. You’d like to get them all onto your computer and smartphone, but that’s a daunting task… How can you easily digitize hundreds or thousands of CDs?

CDs — a once-dominant format — have lost ground to streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora. That doesn’t mean CDs are dead — far from it. For the first time since 2011, sales of physical media surpassed digital downloads, according to new data from the Recording Industry Association of America. Physical media (which includes CDs and vinyl) declined 4 percent in 2017, compared to 25 percent for digital.

More people are streaming music, but many still want to digitize their favorite CDs

That’s good news for Jeff Tedesco, president of ReadyToPlay, a Palo Alto, California-based company that “rips,” or digitizes, CD collections. Tedesco started his company in 2004, when more and more people were making the switch to digital, thanks to MP3 players like the iPod…

Read more:

https://blog.seagate.com/human/readytoplay-can-save-music-collection/?utm_source=FBPAGE&utm_medium=social&utm_content=100024802

Video of the Week: Bohemian Rhapsody Movie and Live Aid Footage–Side by Side Comparison

Quora: Why did Stevie Nicks Leave Fleetwood Mac?

(image via rollingstone.com)

(via Quora) Answered by Chrys Jordan

The main reason was over the song Silver Springs.

Stevie recorded the song for Fleetwood Mac’s 1977 Rumours album. But the band decided not to use it, reportedly because it was too long.

As Stevie tells the story, she shrieked with rage when Mick Fleetwood told her they wouldn’t be using Silver Springs. Stevie might have quit the band then if she’d established herself as a solo artist. But she hadn’t, not yet…

Read more:

https://www.quora.com/Why-did-Stevie-Nicks-leave-Fleetwood-Mac

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