Tuesday, January 27, 2009

THOUGHTS ARE THINGS

I'm never depressed although I find some things depressing or should I say depression worthy. And I keep reading references to this time we are in as a possible Depression. Not sure what the definition of that is if you're an econogeek. But damn! How many more jobs can be lost? There are many snarky things I could say but I'll leave that to people who do it for a living. Like Jon Stewart.

So far things are okay here despite the loss in business. I'm nothing if I'm not prepared. I'll keep it going, even though my music income is about 10% of what it normally is this year so far. There are still many things that can happen but it's a queasy feeling when your business depends on a whole bunch of maybes.

I'm in that place again where survival trumps creativity. It also trumps social time on the web. But I'm not giving it up altogether. Slowly I endeavor to stay in touch with my many cyber pals and real life pals who use the web. I've actually been richly rewarded lately in that regard. The coolest thing about having been a teacher is that there are so many lives you've touched that some of them stick with you through the years. It was worth all those years of totally crappie pay. There are laborers and office folks who made more than I did but they can't make the same claim.

I think we'll mostly come out of this downturn for the better. At least I know that's true for me because that's the way I think. Thoughts are things.

posted by Bud @ 10:36 PM
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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

HOW TO "INSTANTLY" IMPROVE THE MUSIC BUSINESS

I've discussed my caffeine consumption earlier this year. It's BIG. Now let's discuss everybody else's.

Two stories caught my eye as I was reading Google News Headlines. That's my primary source of news. It makes it easier to skip all the really "newsworthy" stuff about Britney and Saracuda and what the Obama girls are having for lunch tomorrow. With my journalism degree I'm well armed to know which headlines are non-stories.

The first is a story about how The Tampa Bay twin cities, is number one in caffeine consumption. Who ever conducted the survey must be weighing the coffee grinds in my garbage. Oh, yeah, and green tea bags. I pay cash when I'm buying out so there's no credit card record or this area might be number one with a bullet. Or would we use a steaming pot in this case? No word yet if this data has any connection to the fact that Florida has it's own tag on FARK news.

Other highly caffeinated cities include Seattle, Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. I found it fascinating that 82 per cent of people in the Tampa Bay area don't consider themselves addicted to caffeine. And Denial is a river in Egypt. I'm willing to admit that I'm addicted to caffeine. Nobody has ever tried to hold an intervention for me. They probably realize I'm a more likable when I'm "cookin'" and that I'm just a bit too on the comatose side when I'm not.

But then I stumbled on a story that really caught my attention. An English study has confirmed that the heaviest caffeine consumers are more prone to hallucinations. Like hearing dead people and such. I found this ridiculous until I read down and found that it cited people who drank eight or more cups of "instant coffee" per day. No wonder! One cup of that stuff and I hallucinate that my tongue is stuck to the bottom of a seldom cleaned coffee urn. Is it just me or am I showing some level of cafe'-snobbishness when I say that anyone who would drink instant coffee at that (or any) level is a bit off to begin with? You must be hallucinating to think you're actually drinking coffee to get past the first gulp, in my opinion. But that's just me.

Places that I love to play but seldom pay are coffee houses. Most of them in my area no longer have live music. Maybe they should advertise hallucinogenic instant coffee to generate some really strong business. So yes, the live music scene is still sucking wind but I'm working on making adjustments. No worries. I'm far from asking for donations to support my habit.

posted by Bud @ 3:33 PM
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Friday, January 02, 2009

SO FAR SO GOOD

Wish I had more to report but I've been partying a bit strenuously lately. Over this stretch, three parties in two days is not an unusual burst. I need to say something here to further convince myself that I can do it--I lost weight over the holiday. No I'm not bulimic. I can apparently do it any time I want. I just have to want to long enough to reach my ideal weight and shape. And then I have to want to stay that way.

I'm working hard on organizing the new duo act. It leaves me little time to do anything else.

I got selected through Sonicbids by two separate agencies that place songs in the movies and TV. One in Atlanta and the other in Hollywood. I also got selected by Radio Crystal Blue in Brooklyn, NY. I sold some music online in this most dismal of times. So I'm feeling good. But I have to tell you, I'd feel good anyway. Life is good no matter what comes my way or doesn't.

I notice a lot of people are feeling optimistic. I'm impressed as some of them are folks I'd figure to feel pretty depressed. I think we're in for some high adventure as a country but we'll come out of it in much better shape. No place to go but up.

Happy New Year, my friends.

posted by Bud @ 9:13 PM
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