the course this fall

There are poor people who voted for Trump and who have done worse under him but they are ok to repeat the soundbites and reassure themselves. Like showing injured lungs to a smoker – so what, I like smoking. Wish they would focus more on that phenomena instead of trying to understand the appeal of Trump. I don’t think the issue is appeal. More interesting is the expectation people will recognize right and wrong when you prove it to them, making an intelligent documentary. Trump responds frequently with lies despite being shown the truth. He understands you can manipulate the world if you are the messenger. If everyone keeps going to you, to tell them what’s what, then you can tell them whatever you want, the cameras are rolling, advertising works.The way I would like to design the songwriting course I’m teaching this fall is in two categories. One: about the structures associated with commercially successful songs and two: about disregard for the former’s aesthetic. But there is something incomplete in that thinking because another reason songs become popular is just money spent advertising them, paid to play. When you hear something that sounds horrible or boring or annoying, you wonder how much of the reason behind it’s current position (on the air) is talent or could someone be paying to have this played because advertising works.

The way I would like to design the songwriting course I’m teaching this fall is in two categories. One: about the structures associated with commercially successful songs and two: about disregard for the former’s aesthetic. But there is something incomplete in that thinking because another reason songs become popular is just money spent advertising them, paid to play. When you hear something that sounds horrible or boring or annoying, you wonder how much of the reason behind it’s current position (on the air) is talent or could someone be paying to have this played because advertising works.

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