Posts Tagged ‘slumping music sales’

What You Need…

July 17, 2010

Surprise!  Your momma was right!  Better eat your vegetables… ?gt1=43001  but oops!  somebody forgot to put the nutrients in!

Doesn’t that just beat all?  The good ol’ days were really good…

and good for us, too.  Seems like today we just are not getting what we need.

So this morning as I contemplate my second cup of tea, I wonder about what other things were better for us when we should have eaten our veggies…

1)  Music was better.  But don’t take my word for it, ask the recording industry.  Record sales have plummeted  recently and plug my ears with nostalgia but I gotta think it has to do with content.  Better music means more satisfied ears.  I keep telling RIAA executives this, but they don’t listen.  They are not giving us what we need.

2)  Automobiles were more interesting and friendlier, too.  It used to be you could tell a Ford from a Chevy at a glance.  Cars seemed to be made stronger, too.  I remember jumping up and down on the hood of our car when I was a kid and nobody thought a thing of it.  Backing into another car meant merely a “kiss” of the bumpers, you could lay down in the back seat and the trunk was large enough to rival a wading pool.  In fact, I think we filled ours on occasionally hot summer days in order to cool off.

  Simple transportation is what we need.

3)  Fashion.  Well, fashion is a funny thing.  Get some fool to wear a visor backwards and upside down then the world follows like he’s the Pied Piper of Hamelin.

One artist claims another is a copycat whilst archive footage reveals THAT artist ripping off another previous to her.


 I use the term artist loosely… (see #1 above)

But fashion is one of those things that never go out of style.  Old is new and vintage is hip.  I remember when you had to wear out your jeans in order to have them faded, ripped and thread bare… now you can buy them that way.  It is almost as if fashion can’t wait.  I saw some knee-high lace up boots advertised for fall this morning, ugh! can you imagine? 

 The things we do to look good but is it really what we need?

4)  Money.  Remember when money was really something?  I mean, win a million dollars and you were set for life.


Nowadays millions are not enough.  8lotteryWinnersWhoLostTheirMillions.aspx  Money can tear families apart.108590 or turn friends into enemies. crime  Still you gotta think, what’s wrong with money?

A devalued currency in the U.S. has made the Canadian dollar stronger while China blossoms into a financial juggernaut.  Remember the good ol’ days when our greenbacks were backed by gold and silver?  Substantial backing meant strong consumer confidence.  This Federal Reserve note business is a jinx.  It does not give us what we need. 

5)  Health.  There is an old saying that “health is wealth” and the key to happiness is longevity but it seems we are less healthy now than any time in our history.  Though our average life span has risen substantially, health issues are a multi-billion dollar industry. 

Some people blame the food we eat.  So are we living longer, unhealthier lives?  See the advertisements on T.V.?  Ask your doctor then get a second opinion?  Can we really buy better health? ?Do-We-Really-Need-to-Take-Vitamins-for-Our-Health?&id=1066888  Seems like a “pair of docs” to me. articlepage.aspx?cp-documentid=100260381>1=31036 

6)  Politics.  Do we all agree that our political system sucks? (see the post, un-American activities )  I have advocated a strong 3rd party on this blog for a while now. (see the post, Have a little cake with your Tea Party? )  I think it is past due.  When our society has to choose between the “best of the worst” it is no wonder that people get fed up.  Our political system has sunk into such a quagmire that our faith in our politicians has been shaken down to the roots.  Are we doomed to be lost in a vacuum that continues to draw out the worst in us?  When citizens view their representatives with contempt, that form of government is clearly not giving them what they need.

7)  Religion.  They say two things you cannot discuss with people are politics and religion.  I think that is wrong.  Politics and religion are the bond that holds a society together.  When either falter, the people suffer.  We can have our own views, ideas, beliefs and faith as long as they don’t interfere with the rights of another having their freedom of choice in kind.  You may have your moral convictions, but others have the same path they must travel to come by those beliefs.  If there is a God, we should all try to immolate His qualities of Love, Patience and Tolerance.  Because, as the Bible says, if God looked for perfection, who of us could stand before Him? (see the post, Does God Hate Haiti? )  If a religion divides us, that congregation does not have the teachings that we need.

So what is it that we really need besides better vegetables?

Maybe we need to laugh more and not take ourselves too seriously.  Let things roll off our backs and be satisfied with what we need rather than dwell on the things we want.  Have a little more faith in our fellow man.  Try some kindness and treat people the way we would want to be treated.   

This old world can be like a used car salesman telling you this and selling you that to the point that we are never happy with having just what we need.

  Ultimately, walking is safer and better for you.



January 16, 2009


very cool pictures of the Fab Four


Interesting that the first cover was of John Lennon.


I read this article the other day and decided to include it here, as well as the two links above because they are all kinda connected.

I find it interesting that the Beatles continue to make the news, nearly 40 years since their break-up but I have a hard time blaming them for the slump in the music industry’s album sales. I am willing to bet that if the music is good the people will buy it.

I have written about this before. (see, They Are Dumbing Down Our Rock and Roll, posted on 5-10-08 -) but now there is a little twist. In the link below the author concludes that when the Beatles started producing hits then the public jumped at purchasing their albums and killed off 45 rpm records. Except for the fact that nearly every song recorded on those albums was worthy of an audience. I can only think of two songs that we really could have done without and might not have stood alone. Flying, released on Magical Mystery Tour and You Know My Name (Look Up My Number) which was on the flip (B) side of the 45 rpm single, Let It Be. Otherwise each song was a classic and garnishes airplay to this day.

I love the CD Live At The BBC and I would recommend it for any Beatles fan. Not only are there performances of their own songs recorded on the air “live” but they also cover other songs not heard of on any other albums, including Anthology.

I suspect the music industry is a lot like the publishing industry. I read recently that there are 60,000 books published every year. 60k! Of those published, it is hoped that some will become best sellers. Perhaps the music industry is trying for the same thing, producing an onslaught of artists in hopes that some will be hit makers. I suspect that the movie makers do the same thing but here is the glitch.

You read a book what? Once, maybe twice…? You see most movies what? maybe once or twice…? You listen to your music what? several thousand times? The public might forgive the book publishing industry for printing a rotten book. The public might even over look stupid movies. But music is something different. I don’t know how many times I have liked an artist’s “hit” only to rush out and buy their album (CD) and find that the only decent song was the “hit” that I have heard on the radio repeatedly to where I have it memorized.

Now that iTunes has enabled us the ability to download individual songs we can sample what we like and reject what we don’t. Very cool. I like the substance of buying a CD and having something tangible in my hands, but not at the risk of having mediocre music. I’ll download the tried and true every time.

And the fact that the music industry kept CD prices high over the past few years is another reason to not buy from them, no one likes to be gouged. It stands to reason that as the CD’s became more prevalent and more people were buying them the cost would go down. The major manufacturers kept the price up at a premium for way too long.

So here is a suggestion. Find some real talent. Don’t be fooled by thinking you are giving the public what they want because obviously you are not… otherwise you wouldn’t be in the doldrums right now lamenting sagging record sales. Too many lackluster artists are spoiling the stew.

The Beatles were truly a phenomenon, as have been others past and present. Cultivate more artists, stay away from that “star” formula that has permeated the conscious of young America, it is killing you softly.

I have loved rock for a long time and the old songs still do it for me, but I am also capable of learning new artists and enjoy their stuff, too. Music is like that, we can never get enough of it IF the music meets our standard criteria, what ever the individual’s tastes are. Don’t let artists get lazy. John, Paul, George and Ringo never rested on their laurels… and their music still sells at a premium, you never see it at the bargain racks.

The recording industry needs to embrace the new media and make it better. Like Bob says, “Your old ways are rapidly fadin’…”

Check out the link below and let me know what you think…