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Music Industry's Culture of Learned Helplessness


Punish the innovator. A company like Amazon (or Pandora or Spotify) comes along and changes the game, yet in some warped way the cats who were out-innovated and left behind think they deserve reparations?

The Tweeter's "print rag" analogy is false.

Lots of print folks have moved quite well with the times. Some haven't. Quite frankly, it is "too bad for them" if they were unable to be nimble and adapt. Why would or should it be any other way?

David Pogue leaves The New York Times for Yahoo! (YHOO). Brian Stelter bolts for CNN. Nate Silver goes to ESPN. Endless examples of people making the move, at the individual level, after their employers failed to stay competitive (or whatever) at the corporate level.


Songwriters have quite a few legitimate gripes unique to songwriters. But I'll never understand why it's Pandora's or Spotify's job to mediate what comes down to an argument between songwriters/composers and performers, their labels and the folks who divvy up royalty payments.

I had to leave it at this with this guy ...


Because that's really what it comes down to.

The grass ain't always greener. Or it's the just same color on the other side.

I wake up every morning wishing I had even an ounce of musical talent. I'd love to be able to write, practice, record and perform everyday. And, without doubt, if I had the ability to make that my way of life, I would realize that along with living the dream come hardships, obstacles and feelings of hopelessness.

As much as I love what I actually am able to do for a living, I deal with struggles everyday.

All that means is that you and I probably have at least one thing in common.

The world changes. You can either kick, scream, complain and long for just a little more time with the way things were or you put yourself out there and take advantage of the opportunity new structures and technologies provide.

It's not easy to break through and make a good living, let alone a ton of money. It requires hard work and, increasingly, the willingness and ability to exit your comfort zone and be creative.

This notion that somehow this is a problem exclusive to musicians needs to end. The music industrial complex must stop enabling artists, particularly when there have never been more opportunities readily available to empower them.

But this guy would not stop. He kept coming back for more. And, with each Tweet, he, blissfully, defined a large part of the problem for us ... 

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