The Music Business, The Drug Business, And Your Business (Or The Bizzare Connection Between Sandi Thom and My First ExWife Or How To Know If You’re Dreaming)
One of the easiest ways to figure out if you're dreaming or not is to look at some words (a sign, book, etc.) and remember what it said.
Then turn your head and look at it again.
If you are dreaming it will never say the same thing.
I thought I was dreaming when I read in the comments of this blog that Columbia Records were going to use the same lie to promote Sandi Thom here that they did in Europe. Jeez!
Now this may not seem that important (I mean it did work!) but it shows an utter contempt for the audience.
It goes against everything the future (now!) is about.
Being honest and authentic with your audience.
Now I'm familiar with the music business. It's the drug business with a soundtrack. (Every business is the drug business, before you get too sanctimonious.) I've paid to get songs played on the radio and various other things which are blurry from a moral perspective.
The old music business model is based on being cutthroat, doing what you have to do to move units. The numbers don't lie. Unless it's Soundscan.
It was never about the fans.
But here's what happens when it's not about the buyer.
My first wife proposed to me in the small town of Oppelousas, Louisiana. She had put together some beautiful words which included the following line:
"Prince, I love you so much you never have to work. I would spend my life taking care of you."
Since I had a job and was buying a nightclub the words didn't really mean much, but were a nice sentiment.
Flash Forward 2 weeks after the wedding.
I wake up and look over at my lovely wife. She smiles back at me. All is right with the world.
I said, "You know what baby? I really don't feel like going to work today."
She cursed me out.
As she complained about bills and responsibility and the like my rapidly aching head went back to the innocuous line she told me in her proposal.
Though she was right about the bills and all that other crap I really felt like I was tricked.
And I never forgot it.
A business relationship is just like a marriage.
Everybody has to know what they are buying.
You can't play tricks.
Now with my first wife I was being a bit petty.
But everyone is.
They believe what you tell them and expect you to stand by it no matter how small a lie it may seem at the time.
Just ask my second wife.
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