Wish I had the budgets to pay people whatever they wanted when I ask them to play on something I’m recording. For my own projects wish I could get paid what I wish I could get paid. Thinking the problem lies not with economics but with wishing.
Once upon a time, Amnesty International had a songwriting contest, I sent in a song with a metaphor about pirates, I lost to Bryan Adams. A few years ago Dan Savage was looking for a theme for his podcast, I wrote one, lost. Sent in a song when Hockey Night In Canada was looking for a new theme, something playful, not anthemic, lost. There is a scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail where they confront The Black Knight who despite losing each of his limbs won’t give up his essential identity – that he is an impassable guard. Me and The Black Knight, it’s just flesh wounds, brothers from a different mother.