I choose Music above all else

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I chose to be born into this dimension, to highlight the groovy and sensual music notes of yester-year, today, and hopefully tomorrow. I want to be a goodwill music ambassador until the day i die. I want to continually turn friends onto new bands that will hopefully open their minds in positive and impactful ways. Then there’s the hope that they’ll also start to turn on their friends to what kind of music they’re currently into and this model of paying it musically forward will continue infinitely. 90 percent of my Facebook posts consist of praising a new band I recently discovered, sharing music videos in general, or posting some of my original music. Its the last portal of truth to exist in an overly jaded, paranoid, politically correct, corporate/fascist reality.

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When we’re faced with the prospect of a never ending Orwellian Wartime Scenario, the comforting warmth of Hendrix on vinyl, Thom Yorke through a nice pair of headphones, or Funkadelic wherever, all become trusty allies towards ones sanity. A healthy, productive, and soul enriching escape. And when engaged in the act of writing music, that singular act is all that matters in that moment. Rumors of Wars, Ebola, and political theater, are all immediately dumped into the darkness of some desolate and meaningless corner of my left brain.

Following Radiohead

Radiohead hits back at Miley By WENN.com Miley Cyrus and Thom Yorke (AP File/Sun Media File)

http://jam.canoe.ca/Music/2009/03/13/8737676-wenn.html

Celebrity Feuds

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Radiohead has continued music’s oddest feud with Miley Cyrus after blasting her for threatening to “ruin” the band. Cyrus revealed she had made it her mission to “ruin” Radiohead after frontman Thom Yorke snubbed her at the Grammy Awards last month. The Hannah Montana star requested a meeting with her favourite band when she discovered their dressing room was four away from hers, but Yorke politely declined because he was preparing himself for his first performance at the music Oscars.

In a radio interview last week, Cyrus said, “My manager asked and said, you know, ‘Miley, she’s really obsessed and she’d really like to meet them,’ and they were like, ‘Yeah, we don’t really do that.'” Cyrus was left humiliated by the slight – because she had already boasted to her friends about meeting the band. She adds, “I left ’cause I was so upset. I wasn’t going to watch! I’d already texted all my friends, we were all freaking out.” And the teen sensation was so hurt she made an instant decision to expose Radiohead as mean guys – something that has annoyed Yorke.

In a statement issued to magazine Us Weekly, Radiohead’s publicist says, “When Miley grows up, she’ll learn not to have such a sense of entitlement.”

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Now I don’t want to come off as a pretentious fan of Radiohead, who would feel that he has the right to claim who is worthy to listen to any given band. But this little side story to the Grammy’s is kind of hilarious on the surface. I mean can you really picture this teeny bopper sitting on her tour bus, listening to “knives out” or “I will” before a big sold-out concert in Disney World? But hey I could just be the loser making rash assumptions about the depth of this pop idol. The entitlement bit was funny on Radiohead’s part, but I suppose this behavior is to be expected by a 16 year old.

Although all kidding aside, a Rolling Stone cover featuring Thom and Miley would be some collector’s item.

Music Industry – soon to be an extinct term?

Imeem.com and Pandora.com are two prime examples, coupled with blackberry’s and other wifi phones coming out every day now, of how the music industry is definitely done for. Right now as I write this I’m listening to the album “Her Majesty” by the Decemberists. The whole album streaming; no 30 second previews. Track by track, I can bounce around if I like. But it took me less than 45 seconds to pull up the album on Imeem. So who’s to say I couldn’t have had my phone plugged into my car and at a stop light just did a quick search for ANY album?

 

Of course I could because the technology currently exists and I don’t see how many bands will be able to turn a hard profit in the coming years OR ever again? Of course people go to college for marketing and just as people are creative in coming up with new music listening alternatives, an equal amount of creative energy could be spent on how to still get a dime out of you for streaming just about any song. Granted, but still it’s neat to see the industry pull a complete 180 in my life. Considering I’m an 80s kid, when the CD was just starting to emerge. The age of mix tapes and hard sought after bootlegs.

I’m no disciple of Lars Ulrich though. I think this paradigm shift is a great thing as music becomes more of what it was ever intended to be: An accompaniment to life, not a wholesale commodity to be slopped off to the consumer. Musicians play and write music because they often have relatively small interest in making millions (or becoming part of a housing association anytime soon) to begin with; Just enough to subsist off of, or even playing music in addition to whatever job they may have.

Think of music before it was ever sold in individual packets. Familes learned and played music together, as it was more of a simple activity to engage in. The idea of having it as your career for your whole life must have been absurd. I think as a whole we’re returning to this mode of thinking. The rock star is clearly dead and music may just start to bridge the gaps between people rather than further isolating them in overly narcissistic ways.