Posts filed under “Music”



We’re impressed when you make it, and continue to make it. The more zeros the better.


Momentary blips are not stars, they’re comets. If you don’t last, especially in today’s overloaded, evanescent world, you’re irrelevant.


Screw the millennial teamwork/group construct. We want to see individuals triumph, it’s the American Way.


Necessary in art. You must have that something extra that intrigues us.


If you’re not pushing the envelope, you’re not interesting.


Is attractive. It’s the essence of the digital world. Dumb is unappealing.


If you don’t believe in yourself, how can we believe in you?


There must be something we don’t know, that keeps us thinking, coming back, wondering who you really are.


Is not only external. It’s about being attractive, emanating an essence that is irresistible, that one cannot get anywhere else.


Those who are only external are not stars. They call those people models. They might be famous, but don’t equate fame with stardom, sometimes the two go together, sometimes they don’t. The guy who shoots up the workplace is famous, but he’s not a star. Sorry for the metaphor, but you must realize it’s not about doing anything to make it, but the right thing.


We live in a substance culture. If there’s no bedrock to what you’re saying, don’t talk.


We’re not interested in how you’re working the system, we’re interested in the results. It’s not news when you make a deal with a new outlet, it does not burnish your image, it’s not about getting multiple people to pay you, it’s about what you release/create. You think you’re winning by being in the news, but you’re losing, you’re the annoying character who won’t go away.


Once is not enough. Stars do it again and again and again. And they do it different. What came before does not necessarily predict what will be next.


There is none. Stars are sui generis. There’s no one like them. Which is why we’re drawn to them.


Stars say no, only amateurs always say yes. If it doesn’t feel right, don’t do it. And don’t be afraid to let people know you won’t do it.


There is none. If you’re not creating your own rules, you’re not a star, you’re just a figment in someone else’s constellation, your light can be dimmed by them.


Platforms come and go, stars remain.


You’ve got to have some, but what it is is up for grabs in today’s world. Then again, don’t equate momentary, no-talent performers with a modicum of fame to stars. Just because the media writes about some YouTube or Vine performer who kids are attracted to, don’t believe that person is a star. Chances are they’re on a lark and it won’t last. Stars walk off into the wilderness and keep going and we wake up at some point and start chasing/following them, astounded that they refuse to do it like everybody else and are dropping fascinating crumbs along the way.


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Category: Music, Think Tank, Weekend

Interview: Full Disclosure Radio

artworks-000079826714-f6sx9b-t500x500Last week, Roben Farzad turned the tables and gave me the full podcast treatment on his show, Full Disclosure Radio. He was gracious and way too complementary. (Remind me one day to explain how the whole horse thing came about).

It was a fun conversation. We chatted for about an hour, and if the feed wasn’t scheduled to cut off, we probably could have gone another hour. You can download it on iTunes, stream it on Soundcloud, or just click after the jump to listen.

Every now and again, being reminded what its like on the other side of the interview is good for my MiB process. Be sure to give it a listen.


Full Disclosure Radio
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Category: Music, Podcast

Caught In The Act: Live

Once upon a time live albums were de rigueur, part of the cycle, a way to cash in on fans and those who want to hear all the greatest hits in one place at one time. But then the internet destroyed album sales and you were able to see endless performances on YouTube and live…Read More

Category: Friday Night Jazz, Music, Weekend

Little Red Wagon

I find this song to be infectiously charming:   Miranda Lambert – Little Red Wagon (57th GRAMMYs) Album version Little Red Wagon” is available on Miranda Lambert’s album, Platinum. Download or listen: iTunes: AmazonMP3: Spotify:

Category: Friday Night Jazz, Music, Weekend

Re: Pono

Why does Neil Young get a pass? I don’t care that no one in the mainstream other than David Pogue has criticized Pono, I’m more worried about the rest of the stories. As Tony Wilson once told me, after screwing up the football scores for a news broadcast, the boss said no one cared about…Read More

Category: Music, Technology, Think Tank, Weekend

Smooth Jazz: Black Sabbath’s Paranoid

I can’t explain why, but I find this hilarious:     Via The Poke

Category: Friday Night Jazz, Music, Weekend

Kids “inherit” nostalgia for their parents’ music

Source: Priceonomics h/t Know More

Category: Music, Science

A Visual Map of the History of Jazz

Click for the full map. Source: Who’s Like Tatum? via Know More

Category: Data Analysis, Digital Media, Friday Night Jazz, Music

Bands With Brands

Is it only about getting paid? Don’t tell me it’s about breaking music, that canard disappeared in the last decade. It’s almost impossible to get noticed. Kanye does a track with Paul McCartney and it’s dead in a day, despite being featured in every newspaper and on every music website extant. Getting the message out…Read More

Category: Music, Think Tank

Jimmy Page Explains How ‘Stairway’ was Written

Via Open Culture: Stairway to Heaven was one of the biggest rock songs of the 1970s – loved, imitated and sometimes parodied. Now Led Zeppelin’s classic track is back on the turntable, on a re-mastered version of the band’s fourth album. 43 years after its release, the song continues to hold a place in many…Read More

Category: Friday Night Jazz, Music, Weekend