I consciously risk coming across like someone readily raining on everyone’s parade. I, however, see it as necessary education to know and understand the inner workings of the music “industry”. I even cringe at the very wording of this funny realm of life.
And in honoring Ravi Shankar’s passing on 11-12-12 (wow, he almost “picked” that very memorable 12-12-12 date to pass on…), I would like to sow the idea that artists should be henceforth acknowledged as cultural ambassadors, who dedicate their talents to bringing the world closer together by working hard to overcome any preconceived or existing separations and boundaries. Don’t you think, it could be a good idea to be paid by our communities and govenments? If artists rarely get to sustain themselves any longer because of the exploitative processes at work in the business, then why not grant them enough to live comfortably and thus get to continue doing their work? A lot more money is being spent on destructive crap of all kinds. If we lose touch with our creative selves, we become zombies. As a matter of fact: If you look hard at the pre-Christmas shopping terror, most of us already have become consumerist zombies. Needed to get this off my chest. I’m now inviting my 2 cents back into my wallet. 😉