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what’s wrong with this picture?

2016 I pitched another show to CBC and they liked it and gave me a little money to try making a pilot. They ask is it a podcast or a radio show, I don’t know I just have ideas, you guys can figure out where to put it if you like it. Working alone in and around everything else I do it took 3 months to make it and a few weeks after I submitted the finished sketch they told me it was reviewed (committee of about 60 people) and it wasn’t liked so much but they liked my voice and think I should try again, pitch something else please.
Said if you like one song by Prince you realize he had 9 others on the record? Why not invite me in to be part of a team, part of the program. I made this in a vacuum but if you think there’s something you like about my voice allow for the opportunity to work with all of you and get paid in a regular way so I can justify reorganizing my life. But they don’t work like that. Probably reflects damage done by Harper or maybe there’s a different explanation but I prefer blaming Harper for everything. It’s not like he didn’t do things that encourage one to think this way.
The idea of the podcast (or radio show) was to look at people who left an established career but the emphasis I wanted to place was with the frustrated feelings and opinions of friends and family some of whom still don’t understand years later why the subject changed their path. Strange this idea would resonate with me huh?
To make it more unique I wrote songs about the storyline and used my students to perform and record them bending toward their aesthetic instead of mine which made a whole other unique layer to the storytelling.
Proposed title What’s Wrong With This Picture?
Back to the dust in.

easy answer

My daughter spilled orange juice onto my Macbook last weekend. Who’s fault could it be but mine letting a 5 yr old watch a program on a computer with a tall glass of orange juice in her hands. Track pad soon became all whack-a-doodle, could not click on anything and the longer the computer remained on the more it started being controlled by invisible forces. Repair inquiries indicated $150 – $300.
Decided to take the plunge after reviewing fix-it tutorials on Youtube but more than one friend said
“I’ve never done that.”
“Are you crazy?”
“Don’t do it.”
“Have you ever done it before?”
Chickens, all chickens but the thing is, most of us (leaders of music projects) know we have to do everything ourselves, that’s how it is probably always will be. We book the shows, we pick up the band, sell the merch (nowadays I give it away), pay the gas, negotiate the door, negotiate the studio time, the schedules of others (insert infinity).
Very unlikely anyone ever gets to be Ron Sexsmith – gigging around the world and doesn’t know how to drive a car – astonishing. People drive him to and fro. It’s unnatural, it’s incredible. One in a million. If orange juice spills into his computer bet someone swoops down from the clouds and fixes it free, maybe it would even be me, “gimme that damn computer lemme at it with my 00phillips. There, done, your welcome”.
Sometimes interviewers throw a certain question out to me as though they are asking something nobody ever thought of before.
“Let me ask you something, in a perfect world what is it you want? A record deal? A movie deal? Produce a hit? Write a hit? A world tour?”
I know the answer to this question, it’s the easiest question ever invented in a world of difficult questions.
“Staff.” [released]

What a pleasure to work with people (Garrett and Dan) and let them interpret however they saw fit.

Too many times I’ve been called in to be the artist I am only to find out I’m requested to be the artist I am as if the person hiring me is me. Not the same thing. I deal with it, I smile, I try to be helpful but it isn’t the same as taking the risk trusting someone you hired to do what they do whether or not it makes sense to you. That’s the gamble that nobody wants to take with a few exceptions. Without those exceptions we wouldn’t have the best artists.

that’s my lecture thank you very much