Is a dream a lie if it don't come true/Or is it something worse
-Bruce Springsteen, "The River"
NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- At the end of this article, I embed an interview CNBC conducted with former Cracker frontman David Lowery.
@Rocco_TheStreet Looking forward to meeting tomorrow Rocco. We both seek "the highest good of all concerned!" Blessings. Paul #ascap— Paul Williams (@IMPaulWilliams) June 27, 2013I hope a discussion with the legendary and visionary Williams will help bring meaning to some of the more vexing questions I continue to consider. For example, Lowery sidestepped a question Scott Wapner asked on CNBC. Wapner wanted to know what the royalty situation looked like prior to Pandora entering the scene. Lowery didn't have an answer. Or he just didn't want to answer because the correct response is not on the list of talking points groups such as The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and musicFIRST provide. There's a straightforward answer to Wapner's query. Pandora did not come along and break a well-oiled machine. The royalty structure, by and large, has never worked for a majority of artists. It's ineffective, bloated and oppressive.