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>Hi, I read your advice about getting songs out there but
>nobody agreed with you. Are you a dumb schmuck?
>No offense.
 
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Depends if you ask Richard Flohil or David Byrne.
 
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Some people didn’t see it like me but I don’t see it like them either, it is a big world no? I see it as being about payola, which is in like flint, is everywhere you look, if you know how to look.
 
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The business people make deals with their pals, you put my act on the road opening for your act and I do some other favour for you. So being a loner, an actual independent voice means you have very little power (in the ordinary music business sense). I recommended trying to reach artists directly – partly because no way their business partners (publishers, record companies, management, agents, etc.) would agree to them working with me. It doesn’t offer them a way to add another percentage for themselves.
 
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Feist took me on the road as her opening act in Europe because I wrote her directly, same for Barenaked Ladies. No surprise they were ordinary people and I was talking to them straight up instead of middlemen. I think I have ever been endorsed by any middleman.
 
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If you want to write me again you know where to reach me. Years of dumb schmuckness at my disposal to draw from.