The Morning Brief

OK, somebody better get the AC in the graphics lab fixed. I woke up this morning to 88?F outside only to arrive in class where it’s 57?F. Guys are not meant to have perky nipples, despite what Martin Lawrence might have you think. Cripes it’s cold enough to make John Holmes look like Pee-Wee Herman. “It’s so cold that if I took a piss, I’d have to snap it off after I’m done.” Of course, I shouldn’t complain. Back in Detroit “it was so cold that when I woke up in the morning I found a wee ice cube in my bed. I threw it in the fire and it went : FART!!! But enough Bill Connolly? jokes there’s an entry in here somewhere.

It seems that RIAA still doesn’t have a clue. It’s not that I advocate pirating music from musicians & songwriters, but I believe the RIAA only has ITS interests in mind NOT the best interests of the artists they represent. I’ve said it many times before, the music business turned into the business of music a long time ago. I don’t agree that Napster, Kazaa & other peer-to-peer programs are the sole reason CD sales have declined. It’s crappy albums, one hit wonders and the same garbage recycled every hour on the hour via Clear Channel radio stations. As Kristen said It’s about time that we all turned off the radio.” [no permalink, entry dated July 12th] So while the RIAA attempts to bully folks into submission remember that you should fight for fair use copyrights and it’s about getting monies into the artist’s hand NOT some greedy corporation.

In keeping up with the latest blog trend I will refer you dear readers to MY MP3 page. You should note that the songs herein are originals performed by my sister Lesli or my buddy Ron (who had yours truly as his awesome keyboard player). Check them out if you haven’t already. I’ve posted some QuickTime clips of my sister’s band as well.

UPDATEBetter pay attention the King of Pop has something to add.

Shout out to Erik who asked for a link exchange | Found Kimbalina’s site via Orby Online | Three times the fun

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  • Jer July 22, 2003   Reply →

    I did a post earlier about the “sharing” of MP3’s. As you, I agree the artist aren’t really hurting on the record sales front due to the Kazaa’s and that the Recording Industry feels threaten. As they should, their days may be numbered.
    I think perhaps all in all, it may be a good thing, where artist actually have to promote themselves, and in my humble opinion, would weed out the horrible stuff we are hearing on the radio to real artist that would have no other avenue otherwise.

  • Charles July 22, 2003   Reply →

    OK, I know I’m biased, but I’m rather surprised that the iTunes Music Store hasn’t been mentioned as of yet–especially seeing how it looks like your own sister’s band could be available on it any day now:

    (already available on CD via CDBaby):

    (CDBaby members all set up for iTunes Music Store submission):

  • A.J. Wood July 22, 2003   Reply →

    Thanks for the link Charles, I’ll make sure to setup my sister’s account later today.

  • Kristen July 22, 2003   Reply →

    About adding permalinks to entries, how do I do that? I don’t use any kind of blogging program yet but I want to, is Movable Type the best one? I’ve noticed a lot of people use it. Is it difficult to set up?

  • A.J. Wood July 22, 2003   Reply →

    Gotcha covered Kristen.

  • Charles July 22, 2003   Reply →

    A.J.–no problem; one important point, though: CDBaby takes pains to make it clear that by signing up for their iTunes submission service, this does not guarantee that they’ll add the music to the library, just that it’ll be in the proper format if and when the iTunes staff decides to offer it on the store. They don’t accept payola or paid promotion of any kind–if they feel like adding your music, they will; if not, they won’t (though once it’s added, it’s listed just as prominently as any other song, and is listed in all the appropriate databases). The link I sent earlier contains the specifics, but I’ll also e-mail you some additional info that the CDBaby guy posted about it from a month or so ago.

  • Kimmy July 22, 2003   Reply →

    Hi A.J.

    Thanks for the link. I’m pouring through your archives right now and am thoroughly enjoying your site!

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