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Re: The Police on Tour
True - i agree with you completely, this is what i tried in my
norwenglish way to comunicate
On 2/16/07, RICK WALKER <email@example.com> wrote:
> talking about the dirth of good musicians on the charts these days:
> I did a record a few years back with David Hidalgo of
> Los Lobos. The depth of his musicality was truly astonishing
> and humbling. Literally, I saw him pick up almost everyone's
> instrument, from djembe drum to stand up bass to guitar to accordian
> during the session to demonstrate to the various musicians an idea
> he had for a tune. Each time, the person would take the suggestion
> and, VOILA!, the piece of music just began to gleam.
> This was a record with some true heavy hitters on it, too, like
> Okinawas' Sanchin master, Hiryasu Takashi and American National Steel
> phenom, Bob Brozman (who I'm about to record another CD with in a
> of weeks).
> There are so many fanastic musicians out there, both older and younger
> seems silly to me to rail about the current state of music.
> The industry itself is changing very quickly and the old paradigms are
> I heard an industry insider talking about the label who has Green Day the
> other day.
> They were saying that Green Day was there biggest cash cow for the label
> and yet there own profits were only around $400,000 for each member.
> Compared to the music business of 10 and 15 years ago, that is nothing.
> The major labels have gotten so greedy and they've become so usurous that
> they are hated
> by everyone.....................the whole MP3 phenomenon is really
> huge toll on CD sales.
> Unfortunately, it has also had a devastating impact on emerging artists.
> With the high costs of touring (gas, transport, hotels, et. al.),
> incredible decling profits by the majors
> and the major indepedents it has gotten to the point where NO new young
> bands can make any money
> anymore (with the possible exception of hip hop artists because there
> touring expenses are so low)
> but fantastic music is out
> more diversity and more plentifulness
> on online radio stations than ever in the history of the
> planet...............it's just no longer centralized as it was
> when some of the older musicians on this list were growing up.
> Sting in an interview talked about the fact that, growing up, the only
> anyone in Britain could see live music
> on television was when an act went onto Top of the Pops on Friday
> He said that for the rest of the weekend
> that everyone in all the pubs in England would talk about the Stones
> perormance on that show.
> There was a commonality to the musical experience of the whole country
> has completely disappeared.
> I asked a young student today if he had ever heard of a certain album and
> the response I got was typical for almost all my students.
> "If you ask me if I"ve heard a certain song I might be able to tell you
> I don't know any albums at all...............I download
> everything I listen to, one song at a time".
> Man, it's a new world, but as critically acclaimed singer songwriter Sam
> Phillips said once in a brilliant interview,
> "The label heads, A&R people and Lawyers for the record companies all
> and go but the Artists never go away"
> "We've always been here and we will always be here."
> So , for you skeptics out there who think nothing good is coming out
> days.......................you have to go looking for it and
> it might not be as convenient as finding it on the top of the charts.
> Remember that the system that brought you Jimi Hendrix also brought you
> 1910 Fruitgum Company and the Fifth Dimension at
> the very same time.
Arne R. Skage jr.