songwriting and capitalism

Asked the class if they ever had a song stuck in their head that they didn’t like. Mostly laughter, answers of yes. Asked why that was, some said it was proof the song had melodic merit and they were wrong in the first place to dislike it. Told them about the posters sometimes on the subway in Toronto “a funny thing happens when you don’t advertise…nothing” asked if they knew there was a legacy of people paying money to get certain songs played on radio sometimes called payola. Not different than lobbyists in politics who make financial contributions in exchange for favours, in this case having their company’s songs receive regular airplay. They never heard of that. Asked them what they thought of it, why would people pay money to have a song played on the radio? What might they expect to happen?

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