Category Archives: Politics

After the dog story.

When he writes about the main issue after first writing about the quality of ketchup, everyone just wants to share ketchup stories. All of them miss the point. I told him the same thing happens to me and anything different is just fairy tales. He said he knows but the premise of people getting it is a big motivator. What was it Mark French said while hanging by one arm from one pipe at the Paddock? If 1988 had a best moment the Cartwrights nabbed it then and there. He said it didn’t matter if people got it, what mattered was that you believed in telling them. Like it might change anything.

in my blood like holy wine

Earlier this week I made a presentation to people studying food issues so I played them food songs that have affected me. Started with the blues and all those sex lyrics – used Molly Jones’s “Anybody here want to try my cabbage”.
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I continued with Savoy Truffle. Who among us is not amazed that the lyrics are just the contents of a box of sweets?
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Moved onto the layered A Case of You by Joni Mitchell “And I Would Still Be On My Feet”
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They didn’t seem to really care about any of these choices but I was right about only one thing, ending with the 70s instrumental Popcorn.

the juno for doublespeak

At some point a few years ago the head of A&R sent a letter to all the artists urging us to write the Government of Canada complaining about the unfairness of music copying and accelerate the creation of the blank tape levy. He framed his point as though Warner Music felt so disturbed about how unfairly exploited artists were by copying.
 
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That was weird. Anyone who ever did the math on deals between record companies and artists would scratch their head reviewing the models they used for recoupment and concepts around “fairness”. His letter was a Juno award winning moment for double speak; bet he got a raise. (bet that was the true point).
 
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Eventually the blank tape levy went through, more money for the corporations. There was lip service about artists getting some of it which was great news for Bryan Adams. The assumption was that the rich and famous were copied the most but nobody could prove how often people copied anyone – maybe the most copied were Big Bill Broonzy and Yoko Ono. But the power brokers got to control the story which means they got to organize rewarding themselves.
 
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The blank tape levy, a cash grab. If they had real sincerity that money would fund music in schools etc, something neutral that works for everyone.