this is such a complex issue - working for the biggest record company in the world (umg) i know i’m working for (and suffering for) the man; but because i work in the “digital” realm, i’ve been there from the beginning of the too-late response to digital music sharing.
ok-go’s video is a prime example of how things should/could be done. but unfortunately, for decades music companies have put millions millions millions into making music videos, which were only promotional tools. without foresight, they allowed videos to remain a “loss” that they would hope to recoup in sales. that only worked for so long.
what “the man” has lacked in creative thinking over the recent decades, they are trying to make up for as quickly as possible, and this is one way they’re trying to satisfy both the customer (the average blogger) and still make money off their assets.
i do think most bands don’t really know what they’re signing up for when they get the “big tyme record deal,” and then, too late, they complain about how things are done, all while having the biggest engine in the industry behind their album. for artists who want to maintain creative control over their assets and their vision, they should sign with an indie label, and get a distribution deal with one of the majors (fontana.) in the words of angelina jolie’s tattoo “know your rights.”
it’s hard for me to stomach a major band signed to a major label that has COUNTLESS people behind the scenes (in marketing, sales, publicity, promotions, new media, production, a&r, a&r admin, eCommerce, etc.) working their butts off to help them sell their records - all resources that they wouldn’t really have to this great extent at an indie label - complain about the industry that has helped drive the car to their success.
it’s not that we’re failing to adapt, it’s that the old business model crashed, and now we’re not only playing catch up, we’re trying to think outside the box - and playing a major guessing game. and trust, i’ve nearly lived my last-of-nine lives as i’ve watched nearly EVERY person i know get laid off at every label over the last 8 years (decca, verve, island/def jam, universal, motown, a&m, interscope, geffen, etc.) - everyone is suffering from the sins of our mogul fathers…
“In my family we think laughing is good. My parents raised me to have a sense of humor and to live a normal life. My mother did not carry me around under her arm like a loaf of French bread the way former Governor Palin carries her son Trig around looking for sympathy and votes.”—
Actress Andrea Fay Friedman, who voiced “Down Syndrome Girl” Ellen on Family Guy, and is herself an individual with Down’s, responds to Palin’s negative remarks concerning the controversial episode.
i will not take part in the tiger woods press conference. this is not breaking news. tiger woods does not owe me, or any other person he doesn't know an apology or an explanation. the only person who can expect fidelity from another person is that person's spouse/significant other. the end. by halina.
“You must never slacken in your efforts to build new lives for yourselves. Creativeness means pushing open the heavy door to life. This is not an easy struggle. Indeed, it may be the hardest task in the world. For opening the door to your own life is more difficult than opening the doors to the mysteries of the universe.”—daisaku ikeda
this reminds me of - though is much funnier and more detailed than - the list of questions i asked my husband on our 3rd date (in riverside park, where 4 years later he proposed to me). he had just confessed to me that he’d had a crush on me for a long time - and i told him i was impressed with his courage in telling me that. he said “why wouldn’t i tell you that? it increases my chances of being with you?!” and i thought “only a confident person would know that. and confidence is sexy. let me take this to the next level and ask some important questions.”
keep in mind that these questions were all based on previous experiences with men where i did NOT ask these questions:
1) are you married?
2) have you ever been married?
3) do you have a girlfriend?
4) does she know she’s not your girlfriend?
5) have you ever been in prison?
6) do you have any children? (and classy guy that he is, he did not say “not that i know of” - because a classy guy knows)
7) are you going to kill me? (well, that was asked later, before i let him into my apartment. he reminded me that we worked together, which at the time seemed like a logical reason for him to not kill me. however, in hindsight, he certainly could have killed me and worked with me at the same time. luckily, he didn’t. he didn’t even try!)
balentimes day is no big deal in our house. i learned early on just what torture it is for men - all the ridiculous hype and expectations they have to live up to. my man doesn’t owe me any proof of his love.
today we went to open houses, had brunch w/ our bff Absolutely Murphy, and watched the olympics. which is what we would have done on any given sunday…and it would have been just as romantic and fulfilling on any other day!
I wrote this and posted it to Craigslist on or around the winter of 2007. It is a snapshot of things that were important to me at the time (girls with glasses and a certain quantity of cats somehow being important, though I can’t explain why). I don’t remember how many responses I got, but I can’t imagine anybody that many people were desperate to add up points and stuff just to email some dude with apparently a LOT of time on his hands.
I’m going to do something a little more, uh, interactive with this one - I’m going to post it live to Craigslist and see what kind of responses I get. I’ll share them here and see what happens!
A Simple Questionnaire That You Might Enjoy
1) Are you female? If Yes, go to Question 2 If No, please see the List of Polite Rejections (bottom of page)
2) Are you between the ages of 23 and 35? If Yes, go to Question 3 If No, go to Question 3 (please add 1 Maybe Point)
3) Do you have a college education? If Yes, go to Question 4. If you have greater than an undergraduate education, you may subtract 1 Maybe Point. If No, go to Question 4 (please add 1 Maybe Point)
4) Do you believe in astrology, alien abductions or psychic powers? If Yes, go to Question 5 (please add 1 Maybe Point) If No, go to Question 5.
5) Do you consider yourself attractive? If Yes, go to Question 6. If No, go to question 6 (please add 3 Maybe Points).
6) Do you own more than two (2) cats? If Yes, go to Question 7 (Please add 1 Maybe Point). If No, go to Question 7.
7) Are you currently in a relationship (polyamorous and open relationships apply)? If Yes, please see the List of Polite Rejections (bottom of page). If No, go to Question 8.
8) Are you sexually aroused by men who possess exhaustive knowledge of obscure subjects? If Yes, please go to Question 9 (you may subtract 1 Maybe Point). If No, go to Question 9.
9) Do you wear glasses? If Yes, go to Question 9a. If No, go to Question 10.
9a) Do your glasses have thick, plastic frames (“chunky” or “librarian style”)? If Yes, go to Question 10 (you may subtract 1 Maybe Point). If No, go to Question 10.
10) Are you an only child? If Yes, go to Question 11 (please add 1 Maybe Point). If No, go to Question 11.
11) Do you read books for pleasure? If Yes, go to Question 11a. If No, go to Question 12 (please add 1 Maybe Point).
11a) Do you list Stephen King or Dan Brown among your favorite authors? If Yes, go to Question 12 (please add 1 Maybe Point). If No, go to Question 12.
12) Do you have children? If Yes, please see the List of Polite Rejections (bottom of page). If No, go to Question 13.
13) Do you correct poor advertising copy in your head? If Yes, go to Question 14. If No, go to Question 14 (please add 1 Maybe Point).
14) Do you speak with a thick “Pittsburgh” accent? If Yes, go to the Final Question (please add 1 Maybe Point). If No, go to the Final Question.
Final Question) Did you answer every question honestly? If Yes, add up your Maybe Points. If you have 3 or more Maybe Points, please see the List of Polite Rejections (bottom of page). If you have 2 or fewer Maybe Points, please see the Accepted Forms of Response (below). If No, please see the Accepted Forms of Response, and slap yourself gently on the wrist for being a goddamn filthy liar.
Accepted Forms of Response: - a list of your demands, in order of importance - a list of your faults and positive traits, in order of grotesqueness - a similar quiz and/or questionnaire
Also Accepted But Not Required: - a photograph - three or more personal references
Also Accepted For Archival Purposes and To Speed Things Up a Bit: - a photograph of you, naked —-
The List of Polite Rejections (please choose one): - “You seem really cool, but I don’t think we’d work out.” - “You will totally find somebody, but I don’t think he is me.” - “I’m just not that into you.” - “I think we’d be better off with other people.” - “I have this other thing that I have to do at some point soon, so bye!” - “Shit. I meant to post that questionnaire under Strictly Platonic!”
*** Please note that responses may appear (without attribution or identification of the responder) in a future blog post and/or personal anecdote
oh, halelujah. i’m so glad this has been written - all my unformed thoughts and rage regarding taylor swift. it’s a quiet, soft, pink umbrella’d, unicorny, my-whole-life-is-about-my-wedding-day kind of rage…best sentence: “I’ll spare you the time of listening to the song and give it to you straight: Abigail had sex with a boy, and later they broke up. That’s right. No marriage. She gave him all she had. That’s right. All Abigail had was her hymen.”