There's nothing remotely interesting to me about marketing music as a product.
People are essentially losing their temper for things that have nothing to do with the act of driving.
You can't get away from who you are I guess.
My feeling is that nuclear is a distraction. It stops us doing what we all know we need to do invest urgently in renewables.
To me, all war is failure for humanity, though it often is a bounty for commerce.
They lyrical content has grown more introspective and less abstract. I don't know if that's good or bad... Sometimes it feels a little raw to be putting so much of myself out there.
The turning point for me was when the Supreme Court installed Bush in 2000, even though he got half a million votes less nationally than Gore. It was nothing more than a bloodless coup and that's when I really started paying attention.
In my mid 30's, after a decade or so of giving full time to the music thing and finding myself with about $10 in the bank and no assets other than my musical equipment, I realized I needed to get serious about making a living.
I probably had the most fun recording For Richer For Poorer in Nashville.
I have always abhorred the business end of music.
I followed most of the 80's bands into the 90's as most of those folks who hadn't moved away were all still active. However, there was a point when I lost track of the new bands coming up.
I am pretty detached from the local music crowd though.
I also spend a lot of time on political blogs, and music blogs getting things for my radio show.
Cleveland is the place I grew up and lived much of my adult life, so it will always be a part of my soul.
Be comfortable with who you are', reads the headline on the Hush Puppies poster. Are they mad? If people were comfortable with who they were, they'd never buy any products except the ones they needed, and then where would the advertising industry be?
At the time I attempted to purchase the rights back for the 3 Homestead records, but the owner demanded an outrageous sum in the neighborhood of $10,000, about 10 times more money than I could get my hands on at the time.
I pretty much ignored politics all through my 20′s and 30′s... I had other things on my mind... the band, finding a meaningful relationship, getting enough money to eat and pay the rent.
Each of my records has a different focus, a different theme.
Ideally, what you would like to have eventually is such a unique and identifiable brand that when someone says 'Indiana State University,' they know exactly what that means. And that takes a long time coming.
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