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    We all wallow in negativity, what speaks to the most threatening person's tastes. I think that what happens is that musicians often listen to the detractors more than the fans. And they change.
    They stop doing what they were doing when they were having the most fun.

    Vocal negativity, and verbal negativity aren't rare. And it's deeply impactful. A part of us is a dog with a malleable mind. It's so loud.

    Musicians must fight back against this negativity. Don't fit an image. Don't be dishonest. Assuming a modern musician is being honest, the way they phrase their thoughts usually isn't that interesting. And when they try to make it interesting it's contrived or ponderous.

    I know I'm pretty negative about it. I guess sometimes anything beats silence. The vast majority of it is so terrible, and it's all being controlled by someone who angrily tells us to shut up when we talk about it, because she hates America.



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    neonspectraltoast well how about we sing together? Let’s go back to the 70s, before you were born and listen to a little soul train. If nothing else her hair will make you smile. We still have to do a song together, just say when.

    I do like this song a lot.
     

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      That's really good, but I wouldn't feel comfortable singing it.

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        Originally posted by neonspectraltoast View Post
        We all wallow in negativity, what speaks to the most threatening person's tastes. I think that what happens is that musicians often listen to the detractors more than the fans. And they change.
        They stop doing what they were doing when they were having the most fun.

        Vocal negativity, and verbal negativity aren't rare. And it's deeply impactful. A part of us is a dog with a malleable mind. It's so loud.

        Musicians must fight back against this negativity. Don't fit an image. Don't be dishonest. Assuming a modern musician is being honest, the way they phrase their thoughts usually isn't that interesting. And when they try to make it interesting it's contrived or ponderous.

        I know I'm pretty negative about it. I guess sometimes anything beats silence. The vast majority of it is so terrible, and it's all being controlled by someone who angrily tells us to shut up when we talk about it, because she hates America.

        I'm aware of the "control" factor, it's been that way all along but not as totally as today.

        It sucks. But I have to ask who the woman is, doing all the controlling?

        She needs corrected. We're getting ripped off big time.

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            lol

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              #7
              Originally posted by Amerijuanican View Post

              I'm aware of the "control" factor, it's been that way all along but not as totally as today.

              It sucks. But I have to ask who the woman is, doing all the controlling?

              She needs corrected. We're getting ripped off big time.
              In studying the music business It's generally controlled by 13 year old white girls from the suburbs as they are the ones demographically who spend the most on recorded music and music related paraphernalia (t-shirts, mugs, notebooks, doodads etc). In his 1984 Keynote Address at the Convention for American Society of University Composers (I'll link to the full text as I find it insightful and hilarious) he describes the situation as follows:



              Today, just as in the glorious past, the composer had to accommodate the specific taste (no matter how bad) of THE KING - reincarnated as a movie or TV producer, the head of the opera company, the lady with the frightening hair on the 'special committee' or her niece Debbie.

              Some of you don't know about Debbie, since you don't have to deal with radio stations and record companies the way the people from The Real World do, but you ought to find out about her, just in case you decide to visit later.

              Debbie is thirteen years old. Her parents like to think of themselves as Average, God-Fearing American White Folk. Her Dad belongs to a corrupt union of some sort and is, as we might suspect, a lazy, incompetent, overpaid, ignorant son-of-a-bitch.

              Her mother is a sexually maladjusted mercenary shrew who lives to spend her husband's paycheck on ridiculous clothes - to make her look 'younger.'

              Debbie is incredibly stupid. She has been raised to respect the values and traditions which her parents hold sacred. Sometimes she dreams about being kissed by a lifeguard.

              When the people in the Secret Office Where They Run Everything From found out about Debbie, they were thrilled. She was perfect. She was hopeless. She was their kind of girl.

              She was immediately chosen to become the Archetypical Imaginary Pop Music Consumer & Ultimate Arbiter of Musical Taste for the Entire Nation - from that moment on, everything musical in this country would have to be modified to conform to what they computed to be her needs and desires.

              Debbie's 'taste' determined the size, shape and color of all music broadcast and sold in the United States during the latter part of the twentieth century. Eventually she grew up to be just like her mother, and married a guy just like her Dad. She has somehow managed to reproduce herself. The people in The Secret Office have their eye on her daughter at this very moment.

              Now, as a serious American composer, should Debbie really concern you? I think so.

              Since Debbie prefers only short songs with lyrics about boy-girl relationships, sung by persons of indeterminate sex, wearing S&M clothing, and because there is Large Money involved, the major record companies (which a few years ago occasionally risked investment in recordings of new works) have all but shut down their classical divisions, seldom recording new music.

              The small labels that do, have wretched distribution. (Some have wretched accounting procedures - they might release your recording, but you won't get paid.)

              Realize that this speech was made after he put out this and most people didn't get the joke:



              If you don't agree with that assessment go to your favorite music download site and look at their top downloads while asking yourself who is downloading it.

              Here's the full text of the speech:

              https://otg.brainiac.com/fz.htm

              C/S,
              Rev J

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