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#756858 - 10/03/09 12:00 PM I pity today's DJs  
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I was thinking about the DJs of today as compared to DJs of yesteryears. Years ago each DJ could pick out the music that they liked for their own show, music that showed their personality, taste, etc. Now, some program director, living hundreds of miles away, tells him/her what to play, like it or lump it, that is what they must do if they want to keep working. It must grate on their nerves to be a zombie and do what they are told, having no imput into their show.

So I wrote this song for them. I doubt any radio station would ever permit it to be played though.



I PITY TODAY’S D J’s

Gone are the days--- when radio DJs---can plan their own show

Must play what they’re told---be it garbage or gold---or else they must go

Some P D somewhere---1000 miles from here---tells them what to play

And if they refuse---put on walkin’ shoes---and be on their way
CHORUS

I pity today’s –radio DJs---I really do

‘cause they can not spin---what appeals to them—and that’s true

They’re told what to play---same time every day---though they may not agree

But some label some where---tells us what we’ll hear—the dollar speaks you see


Men with much dough—comes to ole radio---and lays that dough down

Says if you will play—the songs that we say---we’ll bring more around

We’ll make it worth while—and your boss will smile—raking in the dough

Your listeners won’t care—they’ll buy what they hear—‘cause that’s all they’ll know



REPEAT CHORUS

(c)2009 Everett Adams

Last edited by Everett Adams; 10/03/09 12:03 PM.

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#756872 - 10/03/09 01:12 PM Re: I pity today's DJs [Re: Everett Adams]  
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Yes, Everett I agree with you. Cool song.

You may enjoy Tom Petty's song The Last DJ.

Last DJ


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#756874 - 10/03/09 01:29 PM Re: I pity today's DJs [Re: Colin Ward]  
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The most interesting thing is that since programming has been going on for about 25 years, there are very few DJ's who even remember the days when they could program their own shows. No one who went through radio and broadcasting classes like I did in the 80's, have even been taught how to program their own shows. It was never an option.

MAB

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Yeah, but there has always been the DJ payola influence. Slippin' the old DJ a couple greenies would get you on the program. I know; human nature. The means to the same end has only been altered. Saved a lot of foot work. grin

Cool lyrics Everett!

John smile

#756889 - 10/03/09 02:49 PM Re: I pity today's DJs [Re: Everett Adams]  
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AMEN, Bro Everett!

From what I hear, the Payola these days goes right to the Station Manager, bypassing the PD. (Remember that the next time ya see a Nicely-Painted/Bannered-Up Station Van zoomin'-off to some Remote Broadcast. A fair share came from Labels..I been told.)

AND..the DJ's do as they're told..to keep their jobs. Got one here in Tampa I've known for years...FM Jock..who underwent Plastic Surgery so he'd continue to look Under-35...then STILL lost his job when ClearChannel cleaned-house at Q105 & laid off nearly ALL their DJs...just keeping the PD..who's as old as The Hills...but keeps some kinda Continuity going.

I think for most DJs, it ends up a Thankless Job...BUT...the thrills of bein' a Local Celebrity keep the Job Applications way Up..& with any luck/good mug..they can move into Television...where it's even Tougher to hold-&-keep a job.

Cue In: "Clap for The Wolfman" by the Guess Who..& Harry Chapin's "W-O-L-D"...

Sigh...

Gone is The Daze!

Best Wishes/Big Guy-Hug,
Stan

#756895 - 10/03/09 03:11 PM Re: I pity today's DJs [Re: ]  
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Actually, there has been less direct payola. It is done now in the form of advertising revenues which are the legitimate resources for radio. They have actually cut a lot of the live DJ's in local markets, so there is nobody to pay anymore like that. And since they are programmed from about five central locations around the country, the Station manager actually has no say on what is played.

It is beginning this month that more classic music will be played and less new music in many formats. The reason is due to the cutbacks in advertising revenue due to the car companies cutting back. That is half the advertising revenue in radio. Stations will be switching formats to correspond with the declining economic fortunes.

XM and Sirrius have had to merge to try to be solvent (neither are) and there will be more stations actually closing up or merging with other stations, which is why you are finding more and more stations housed in central locations. It is also rumored that Clear Channel will declare bankruptcy soon and that will change all the dynamics.

Look for less stations overall and for less opportunties for music. Much of new programming will be through the Internet.

MAB

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#756916 - 10/03/09 04:59 PM Re: I pity today's DJs [Re: Marc Barnette]  
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You're making me nostalgic for my radio show I recently gave up.
I was a volunteer, and it got in the way of my REAL job {working musician}so I reluctantly gave it up. But I played all local music, and had complete control over my playlist {as long as there was no profanity} Damn, I miss it! The station I volunteerd for is still going strong and they still give the DJ's {and listeners} lots of leeway with the playlist. www.classxradio.com


bc
#756922 - 10/03/09 05:10 PM Re: I pity today's DJs [Re: Bob Cushing]  
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Very clever song. Interesting thread about radio. Marc, if things are in such bad shape, what are all these songwriters hoping for? Is it just for the joy of creating?
Losing Hope by the Minute,
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#756923 - 10/03/09 05:18 PM Re: I pity today's DJs [Re: Marc Barnette]  
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Nice topic Everett... and I like the lyrics of your song. Well done.

Back in the 50's I used to visit a local DJ at a Texarkana radio station... and he was free to play whatever he darn well pleased. Pop music back then was a far cry from what is has evolved into today and country music was evolving from Country and Western into just plain country. (We now call it "traditional.")

My point is that I could walk into the station unannounced, he would wave me into the "live booth" and I could sit quietly listening to his banter between songs. I could even fetch LP's and 45's for him to que up... or re-file them. Try to do that today... ain't happening.

Payola was beginning to enter the picture but was not a dominant factor like today. Almost every station was "non-aligned" and relatively indepenent. At that time, the mix was about 75% Pop, 20% Country and everything else fought for the remaining 5%.

Television had barely entered the picture and was pretty awful for the most part... so, Radio was "where it was" during my teenage years. We listened as often as we could... mostly in some rich kid's parent's car... LOL!

Today, with the advent of crap mongers like "Clear Channel" and the Payola influence, Radio pretty well sucks with a few exceptions. It's wonderful to be able to hear a Traditional Country Station. They still play just about anything they want to spin and have a nice balance of spins to commercials.

Regardless, I don't have much time to listen anymore... and I have begun to seriously limit watching TV (badly in need of censorship) except for the tabloid news (FOX and CNN) and one needs to watch both to attempt to filter out the malarky from the truth. We don't get much truth in this country anymore.

Oh for the good old days. Marc, I hope you are correct about Clear Channel. Their demise has been predicted for quite some time but they keep hangin' on. I have my shovel ready just in case. Believe me, it will be a quick and irreverant funeral... LOL!

#757060 - 10/04/09 03:28 PM Re: I pity today's DJs [Re: Dave Rice]  
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Pam,

It is always about the joy of creation. If you are in it for anything else, you are probably wasting your time. There are no guarantees. I have a theme, "the more you know about the music business, the less you WANT TO know about the music business." But I will tell you this, that everyone you hear on the radio, every song, every artist, at one time or another was ready to give up, had been shot down so many times, they thought it was all a waste too.

As creative entities we all go through an interesting metamorphisis. We start out for the love of creation. We get a little better, start learning then it gets infectious. We spend most of the rest of our time trying to figure out how to get to more people, from live gigs, the Internet, radio, whatever. Many find our ways to sites like these and see how enormous it is. We all waste time and money. At some point, either when you achieve some success, go through ups and downs (mostly downs) or reach a level of knowledge, then we go BACK to the love of creation. Funny world.

The point of all these subjects, PRO's, radio, publishers, etc. are things we can do nothing about. We never should get too caught up in the minutia of those things. But we should have some understanding of how they work if for nothing else, to limit our dissapointments.

Radio reshuffles constantly. The Internet changed how everything in all aspects of life relates to everything else. Radio among them.

I suggest writers NEVER write for the radio. I suggest to write where it COULD be on the radio. That is when it resonates with the general public. And that is everything. Build fan base, and you will always have a career. Depend on radio, publishers, producers, the record industry, etc. you will always be dissapointed.

MAB

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#757077 - 10/04/09 04:55 PM Re: I pity today's DJs [Re: Marc Barnette]  
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Thanks all for your input. A DJ use to be a bit of a celb one time, a real cool job to have, but now that they have no control, it's just a boring job which pays low wages. I believe radio stations and maybe record labels will cause their own demise, through greed mainly. We just lost one radio station in our small town. Most of the radio stations in our whole province are owned by a large holding company. If they start losing money, they will be sold off, their only interest is making money for their share holders.


The more you taste the bitterness of defeat, the sweeter final victory will be

May the flowers of love forever bloom in your garden of life

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#757148 - 10/04/09 11:47 PM Re: I pity today's DJs [Re: Everett Adams]  
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Good lyrics, Everett. I've also been rather disgruntled with radio programming this decade. I wrote and recorded the following last year expressing my feelings about it. It may be heard at my website below.

Trapped In Y2K

Chorus:
We need to free the DJ trapped in Y2k
We need to free the DJ trapped in Y2k

Verse 1:
Twenty-oh-two, I am sick
Same old lyric, same old lick
So I learn to drive and jog
With my tuner turned to off
Five years later, turn it on
Still I hear the same old song
Rip Van Winkle apropos
With regards to radio

(Repeat chorus)

Verse 2:
I don't know what is new
Radio gives no clue
Has my rock up and died
Or is this corporate suicide?
When I search for fresh tunes
All I hear is talk and news
Is this just my home town
Or is this how the nation sounds?

(Repeat chorus)

Bridge:
Golden moldies don't sell CDs (four times)

(Repeat chorus)

Verse 3:
Hey Clearchannel, can you hear
Silence under my rear view mirror?
Advertising dollars lost
Like the smoke in my exhaust
As I'm forced to hunt and sweat
All across the Internet
For the choice and nouveau
Since it's not on radio!

(Repeat chorus)

Copyright 2008 A. Karpinski, BMI, all rights reserved.


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#757223 - 10/05/09 10:48 AM Re: I pity today's DJs [Re: Andy K]  
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Good lyrics Andy. If radio and record labels want to survive, they are going to have to give people music they want, not what they want to give them.


The more you taste the bitterness of defeat, the sweeter final victory will be

May the flowers of love forever bloom in your garden of life

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#757232 - 10/05/09 11:33 AM Re: I pity today's DJs [Re: Everett Adams]  
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Originally Posted by MAB
It is beginning this month that more classic music will be played and less new music in many formats. The reason is due to the cutbacks in advertising revenue due to the car companies cutting back.


Marc: Why does playing older music rather than new music cost the radio stations less money? Isn't the same PRO formula used no matter what song is played?

Kevin


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#757244 - 10/05/09 12:44 PM Re: I pity today's DJs [Re: Kevin Emmrich]  
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Kevin,

I can't tell you. I imagine it has to do with the promotion budgets of newer artists. Radio is only one part of strategy's to launch new artists. There are hundreds of things going on that cost a lot of money. There are full page trade magazines ads, promotional tours, billboards, television and radio commerical time. On a modern mainstream release, it is about 60-70% of the budget it tied up in promotion.

So this might be an overall way to spend less money on new artists. If you just play oldies, you don't have to deal with some of the modern problems. The same as putting money into the development of Rock Band and Guitar Idol, takes money away from the new development budgets of artists.

Everything about the music business is about issues other than the music. For every step you think of about writing, recording, performances, etc. there are fifty that have to do with orginization, promotion, money, etc. And as hard as people will find this to believe, it has been that way since the Big Band Era in the 30's-40's. It just gets bigger business.

I can't tell you what is going to turn out. But I was with a producer friend of mine last night. He works for Disney, and has done some VERY big projects. He is out of projects in a couple of months and doesn't know what is going to happen. Everybody in the music industry is really worried. In their eyes, labels are going to shut down, radio is going to end. Of course it won't, but the way it has done business sure will. But mechanicals are going to end. That means songwriters are about to lose all sources of income.

We saw this coming a long time ago with downloading but thought we could fight it. I don't know that we can now. My friend thinks that music is going to be made free. Artists will derive their source of revenue totally from touring, and merchandising which of course ends money to writers completely. Which is why you see more artists writing all their own stuff and allowing no outside cuts. I heard this same thing about 12 years ago with some tech guys represented in the industry, I have heard it in the halls of Congress, I have heard it echoed throughout the world through the Internet.

You have to look at all of this in a broader perspective. The Ellen show. Refusal of governments everywhere simply refusing to comply with any laws whatsoever. A generation of people who have expected and gotten music for free. The Internet which has increased the amount of people trying to get into the game who are giving everything away for free. Radio that completely gives up on formats due to loss of advertising revenue. All of this pile on and pile on where there simply isn't much of a record business anymore.

What to do? Get used to less or no money, do it for the love of it. Find and build fan base on a more local and regional levels. I think sooner or later pretty much every one is going to come to that conclusion. Many of us here have just come to it sooner.

MAB

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Kevin,

Actually the pro rates on older music is less. It costs less to play them. There is a declining rate formula but like all things monetarily in the music industry, I'll be dammed if I can figure it out. It might be that the older songs won't be played in mass like modern songs are.Less overall plays, less money paid out.

MAB

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Humm,
If I remember correctly the last time I looked in my BMI Handbook the Pro Rate was 12 cents payout per play in a Major Market and 6 cents in a minor market. Since (As I understand it) Radio Stations pay a blanket fee to the Pro's it would seem it has not changed. Of course a Radio Station(s) could play less music and pay a smaller fee to the Pro's. I imagine the Pro Fees are set by the Congress.

It has been noted before, written about in the yearly SONGWRITER'S MARKET that the Major Labels only allow so much for Mechanical Royalities to be paid so it severely limits an Artist recording outside songs because of something called the Composition Clause in the Artists Contract. If an Artist uses up more mechanical royalities than allowed by the Label it comes out of his share.

Now to be sure if an Artist records all outside songs, all under 5 minutes the Statutory rate is 9.1 cents or 91 cents per CD. That seems more than reasonable but as noted in Donald Passman's book the Record Labels find a way to charge for everything so an Artist usually makes nothing from record sales.

It is a Hell of a way to Run a Railroad in my opinion. So if an Artist signs a contract with a Major Label he had better have a terriffic track record before he signs.

I wonder if there are any Disc Jokeys left who pick their own songs?

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Very interesting points. It does seem that today most are quite marginalized and don't have much freedom to pick the songs they want to play.

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#757261 - 10/05/09 01:32 PM Re: I pity today's DJs [Re: Ray E. Strode]  
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Not to my knowledge. There are exceptions. Gerry House, one of the top DJ's in the country, who is syndicated but based out of WSIX in Nashville, actually is the one who got "I'm Moving On" by Rascal Flatts played Nationwide. He is one of the few that have the power to do that.

Ray, a thing to remember, is that most of the handbooks the industry have gone by are no longer relevant. There are side deals going on all the time. Taking a three quarter of statuatory rate instead of the full rate just to get something out there is pretty standard. Once again, a LOT of supply and finite demand. And of course a lot of people are still trying out how to collect money from "FREE." i don't know of too many people who are able to do that.

As far as track record before you get signed, why do you think these artists are being signed as writers for three years before their deals get out into the public? They are writing with the hit writers and learning with the masters. And people can complain about the results but they are either going to have to accept it for what it is or form their own labels or publishing companies, which again, is EXACTLY what is happening.

If you want to see the future, it is Taylor Swift. build on your own fan base and distribution, partner with a major label and THEN you put everything together. That is the future. That is where the bar is set. For anyone that doesn't like it, they are always welcome to do it themselves.

MAB

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Humm,
I would advise the songwriter to not give away everything just to get a cut. While everything can be negotiated know that your product is worth something. If a "Deal" sounds too good to be true it probably is. If you are giving something up be sure to get something in return. If someone wants a reduced rate rather than the full mechanical rate require payment up front, at least 50 percent. If a large release at least 10 percent up front. Don't be afrid to ask for something if they are asking for something.

I hope those Artists that are signing writing deals 3 years before they become Artists have been writing for more than 3 years. Otherwise they would be wise to look for outside songs. It takes time to write good songs.


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Hey Andy, FUN/Great Lyrics, Amigo!

Marc..OH what a Statement...about "the More you know about the Industry..the Less you wanna.."..and "ClearChannel's in Borderline-Bankruptcy!" Geeze..it sure sounds like a Gloomy-Enough Picture for the Pros out there..to make any kind of a living from this!

I wasn't aware that the Auto Industry kept so many Stations alive..either.

Waal..I sure enjoyed visitin' BMI's Mausoleum every trip to The Ville...(& somehow..I still doubt they're fire-saling-off all the Office Furniture there...tho I imagine there ARE a few more Parkin' Spots available out back these days?)

Glad I still write for the sheer Joy & Sanity of it all...havin' Long-Ago given up on the Overnight Wealth Aspect of The Craft.

Think I'll pen a few lines to Our Nat'l Anthem, just fer fun:

My Country 'Tis of Thee
Most Music Sells-for-Free
& So We're Poor...
Gone are The Promo Tours
Free Brews from Bud..and Coors
Careers for FreeChannel..to Nurse
When Only FREE SONGS Sing...

Drum Roll...Symbols Crash.

Sigh..
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If stations are switching to the old classics, it's not because of the economy and lack of advertising revenue, it's because they want to hold on to listeners. The old classics are tried and true songs and of much better quality than much of what is coming out today. I don't mean production quality, I mean content quality. I can't remember the last time that a song playing on the radio caught my attention to make me listen to every word. One time the quality (content quality) of one song was enough to send people looking to buy the CD that it was on, now, of course, they might head to the internet to find that song, the honest people will buy it while the less than honest will look for a free download.

My understanding of airplay royalties is that it comes from the ad revenue that radio stations earn. A percentage of their ad money is paid to the PROs, whom in turn, pays it out to the owners of said songs. If ad revenue is down, then the money paid to PROs will be less,and therefore less will be paid to song owners.

If record labels don't change their approach on what they record, and start looking far and wide for the best content that they can find, then the writing is on the wall. The best singers in the world need great songs to sing, and being great singers don't necessarily make them great songwriters. Great writer often can't sing, rarely do you find people having all the talents necessary to produce all that is needed to produce great records. You need great writing, great singing, great music, great engineering, great producing, great advertising, great distribution, great money, etc. and a whole lot of luck. One man can't do it all. We depend on each other, no one is an island unto him/her self.

Record labels now look for two or three great songs per CD and fill the rest of the CD with run of the mill songs, hoping those few songs will sell the CD. But that doesn't work anymore, people can get those songs on the net cheaply or free. Either they stop the cheap, and especially free downloading, which seem impossible, or they are going to have to come up with other ways to deliver music to people so that they will be happy to buy. I can't say I have the answers of how to do this but I do have a few ideas.


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Everette,

All you have to do is start your own record label. Seems like you have it all under control. Didn't know it was that easy. I'll be sure to pass that along to the big cabal that controls everything.

MAB

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In reply to Marc's post, the DJ's at the public funded radio stations still program their own shows. A terrific example is a lady by the name of Lilli Kuzma, who has the Folk Festival program on WDCB, a college radio station out of Glen Ellyn, IL. I listen to her show as much as I can and email her fairly often. It seems that on major radio stations the break came during the late 60's to early 70's, first with the rock stations. By the late 70's country radio fell under the same entrapment. It's a shame that the commercial gluttony has dictated some of these things, even down to the length of baseball games, which has increased dramatically with the increased power of television.

Does anyone feel that we are now in the waning days of commercial gluttony? In many ways I hope so.

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Does anyone feel that we are now in the waning days of commercial gluttony?


I think we are just resting between meals.

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You just can't make money with free format radio. Everyone seems to like the idea of it, but those stations never make it.

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I joined late in this thread, and have read part of it but not all. I would like to comment on a few things that I read.
Someone asked if any DJs still program their own stuff. You bet they do. Small town America is full of dinky, low wattage stations that just cover the city limits. I've had great luck getting them to play my stuff when I was on the road. Did it feed the bulldog, no. But as an 80's Country dance band, it did fuel the fan base in each town. And in terms of marketing, it may have taken 150 years to amount to anything, but the theory worked, on the surface. Remember Chris LeDoux, while it wasn't intentional that's exactly what he did. And it would still work today, but work is the key word there. Lots of hard, grinding, work. Gone are the days when any old gig would do. There has to be a method to the madness. The problem with that theory, aside from the obvious hard work; everybody wants to be a star. Whether as a writer or performer, too many egos. Yea, the biz is absolutely brutal, one just has to be creative. Remember The Tractors? Marketing brilliance. If you don't know the story, ask me about it. My whole point is there isn't a machine made that can't be rebuilt. Maybe I'm just delusional, but I've been close enough to the business to know that it's all about marketing anymore. If yer a 5 foot 8 inch cowboy with original teeth, half-shaven, and can make a song yer own, yer marketable. If you can write songs for that guy, like no one else can, yer marketable. You just can't use a marketing chain to get there.
I read a lot of stuff here, and most of it is dead on. But as Kevin said, we're just resting between meals. Someone, somewhere, is gonna get creative and change the way these money-grubbers do business. I just hope I'm alive to see it.


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The "Genie" is out of the bottle as far as the music industry is concerned,and it will never go back in,radio shows are only the tip of the ever declining iceberg.iam not converse with the country scene or the radio scene in the u.s.a.but, iam with music in general.As i see it ,Karaoke,file-sharing,free downloading,the internet,singers using backing tracks,reality tv shows,stick all that, plus more, in the musical melting pot..music is just becoming another de-based commodity...people are being spoon fed mediocrity,and the pity is ,most folk don't know that is the case....or don't care..the main "honing" ground
on this side of the pond for new bands ,groups, artistes etc,are the pubs and clubs...but they are dying a slow lingering death..live music is dying with it....everybody wants the instant "fix" nowadays,nobody wants to go on the learning curve,reality tv makes it look so easy,which in turn has spawned what i call the "i'pod mob"....stick in your jack"Adaptor" and away you go...look out Frank or Whitney..i dare say and hope,that music goes around full cycle,and "live" music will come back to the mainstream,but as technology makes for everything musical being available at the click of a mouse,the industry has a real battle on it's hands..As for the Songwriting side of things,well Marc says it on the money,your creative juices must overide everything else,songwriting must be in the blood,if it aint...forget it!....i have had a fair bit of success with my writing(not that i can retire)but i keep writing because i want to write,knowing full well,iam swimming against the tide,but salmon swim against the tide...perhaps a songwriter is born with a built in optimisom,who knows?....but i aint under any illusions,this business was always hard....but in today's market,it is akin to climbing Mount Everest with a toothpick.
All The Best .....Terry....

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Well put Terry,
As a performer/writer I do long for the days when live music was THE thing. Yer right on every other account. I, like you, keep writing cuz I love to write. If nobody else likes my stuff, that's fine, I'll be a Salmon.


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#757757 - 10/07/09 01:49 AM Re: I pity today's DJs [Re: Everett Adams]  
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Originally Posted by Everett Adams
I was thinking about the DJs of today as compared to DJs of yesteryears. Years ago each DJ could pick out the music that they liked for their own show, music that showed their personality, taste, etc. Now, some program director, living hundreds of miles away, tells him/her what to play, like it or lump it, that is what they must do if they want to keep working. It must grate on their nerves to be a zombie and do what they are told, having no imput into their show.

So I wrote this song for them. I doubt any radio station would ever permit it to be played though.


You make it sound so negative. DJ's play songs in their format. If they didn't like the format then they shouldn't be a DJ in that style of music. Radio is competitive...they play hits. There's no money to be made from people changing the station because the DJ wants to play a crappy song that they like. They can play songs for their shows...they just have a list of songs they can play. Most program directors work for the stations...and they have consultants that may live farther away. I promise you, other than the economic cutbacks in radio...those people love their jobs. And times change. Random DJ's don't program for a reason.

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I'm feeling more and more like a like a dying breed every day in my town. There used to be dozens of solo acoustic acts like myself playing aound town even a couple of years ago. Now there are maybe ten, and I know of only a couple besides myself that refuse to use backing tracks or loop pedals. Luckily I can still go to Nashville when I see fit and get my "honest" music fix.

When I played Put-In-Bay last summer EVERYONE used them.
I even had an established solo guy tell me I needed to "up my game" by adding all these bells and whistles. His act consisted of playing 100 percent cover tunes with the actual backing tracks to the original recordings. He kinda joined in on guitar whenever he saw fit, and was basically Karaoke with a guitar.
He was nice guy, so I didn't have the heart to tell him I thought his act was the cheeziest damn thing I've ever seen, and if thats what I need to do to "up my game" I'd rather be digging ditches!


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I'm with you Bob,
Karaoke and Band in a Box make me want to puke. As I've read through this thread, I happened to have an intriguing thought.
In terms of the dying-off of good live performers and venues, do ya think it can be traced back to the time, when across the country the drinking and driving laws did an about face? I was working the road then, and I saw first hand the effect it had. And before anyone accuses me of supporting drinking and driving, that's not the case. Just making an observation. What do ya think Bob?


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#757781 - 10/07/09 05:45 AM Re: I pity today's DJs [Re: MediaGuy1974]  
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I think it's the PRIMARY cause! I'm not advocating driving while smashed either {I've had two friends killed by drunk drivers} but somewhere along the way MADD took a noble cause and turned it into it into a holy crusade. Now people are afraid to go out and have a few and a good time.


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It amazes me sometimes, how the social fabric of this world can spin on a dime. And for the record, IMHO it's not just MADD, the government had a large hand in it as well. When I first moved to Wyoming in 1986, the minimum drinking age was 18 or 19 (can't remember) and when the big push began, the Feds threatened to cut off our highway funds if we didn't change it to 21. I'm not saying it was a bad thing, just that this whole evolution had a lot of players, and the whacky thing about it is, the effects trickled down and had a devastating impact on performers, musicians, and songwriters. That's the sad thing to me, and I don't have a clue how it could have gone down any differently.


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Changes affect businesses. I miss those days when nothing changed. Way back in...hey wait...there has NEVER been a time when nothing changed! As a matter of fact, the only two things I can recall that have never changed are: change and whining about it.

Change means opportunity. The old, entrenched ways don't work any more so there is an opportunity for people who invent new ways. And the competition gets reduced because so many people keep trying to do it the old way, even when they obviously know the old way is over (it's obvious because they complain about it).

I miss the old deejays, but I don't pity today's...when they get older they'll get to pity tomorrow's.


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I love my Band-in-a-box! However, if I went somewhere and one guy had the full band thing going and he was sitting there singing with a guitar in his hand, then I would think it was really cheesy (unless he was a really, really good performer and could somehow pull it off).

I put loopers in another category. If you build the loops live and then go from instrument to instrument, I would see that as very entertaining -- for a song or two per set.

As for the crackdown on DUI, the statistics tell me that the % of deaths where alcohol is involved is going down, but it doesn't seem to be doing a whole lot of good.

http://www.alcoholalert.com/drunk-driving-statistics.html

and

http://www.edgarsnyder.com/auto-accident/drunk-driving/statistics.html

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Quite a lively discussion here. I'd like to RESPECTFULLY clarify a few things. First for Mr. Dunbar. I can only speak for myself, but I feel you've missed the point of those last few posts. I wasn't whining or complaining about change. You are dead on when you say (paraphrasing here) that change is constant. I spent some time in the auto industry back when they made the big paradigm shift from being product oriented to service oriented. I was sent to several cool seminars on how to deal with change. So I'm not resisting it, just looking for my place within it. My philosophy has always been, "If you don't like the changes, change them". But as a casual observer of this world for over 50 years I've seen the good and the bad. And you will never convince me that (as a single example) the changes we, as songwriters, have to work with, are for the good.
And for Mr. Emmerich, I respect to my toes, your right to take advantage of any opportunity that comes your way. I've seen some very good band in a box guys, my only problem is that listening is one thing, while watching is another. You tear it up dude, I'll be the first one to clap, because I do respect what you do. And as far as the alcohol stuff goes, you are exactly right that the numbers do reflect that less people are dying, and praise God for that. But the damage has already been done to the creative community, and that has nothing to do with morality or legalities. I guess I'm just old, and think we ought to be able to reach as many people as possible, without having to do "the chicken dance". Thanks for the respectful conversation.


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Steve, I never said you were whining smile But a lot of people do. Much of the point of the original post, I'm sure, was nostalgia.

The changes for songwriters, as we know them, are not for the good. Just as the changes for buggy whip makers weren't for the good when the autos began catching on. But that doesn't mean leatherworkers disappeared. As long as there are songs, there will be songwriters. And, I actually doubt if any less songwriters end up making a living from songwriting, even with the changes. They'll just find different ways of being compensated.

I, like a lot of people, miss the old days, but folks can focus so much on missing the old days that they miss the present days.


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Point Taken, and Thanks
I have a slightly different take on things simply because of my age. I see things changing around me and don't like what I see. The dribble that is coming out of Nashville, LA, and NY simply doesn't appeal to me. And I'm not alone. I think we are in the middle of a period where people like the ones on this site, are gonna collectively affect major change. We won't see it tomorrow, but I see it coming. People like us embrace technology and will find a way to use it for the positive. I recently did a research paper on technology and it's effect on the creative process. When you step back and see it for what it is, historically, technology tends to spin things 180 degrees every 25 years or so. With today's file sharing and the like, how long before the collaborators take charge of the environment? I think it's coming. Just as labor unions changed the work environment, creative people are going to unite to take back what always belonged to them in the first place. My insane vision of it is 1,000's of us united to the core as a group, from every angle. We're entirely too fragmented today, but I see things spinning, as little groups like we have here continue to grow. All creative people have a particular expertise if you will, that when combined, can take control. Sorry, I'm just an old hippy having a flashback. lol


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Well,
I remember Jimmy Driftwood on WCKY in Cincinnatti and Randy Blake on WJJD Chicago and Grant Turner on WSM Nashville. Those were the days. Gone now but not forgotten.


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Originally Posted by MediaGuy1974
...technology tends to spin things 180 degrees every 25 years or so. With today's file sharing and the like, how long before the collaborators take charge of the environment? I think it's coming...


Hi Steve! I think about this point a lot...and it occurs to me that this is already happening. But the thing is, we geezers have an ingrained sense of the larger community having access to relatively few resources...as in TV being ABC, CBS and NBC...and the whole idea of Top 40 radio. But that whole structure has been expanding for decades now, and may even be on the verge of toppling. Truth is, right now, if you dig around a little, you can find anything you're looking for somewhere on a streaming internet source...but the idea of Most Of Us listening to any particular source just gets more and more elusive.

Music has always come easy to poor folks. Then rich folks commission it, and a few poor folks get richer. Pretty soon we all think of music as a way to get rich.

But when the whole house of cards comes tumbling down, like it always does, again and again, we find ourselves back at home again pinching pennies...and happy to have the richness of music to comfort us.


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Hi Gang:

Steve has an interesting theory. IMHO, the only thing that is going to save Radio will be when somebody figures out a way to play music without all the commercials. As it tries to compete with the humble iPod (no commercials... just all the songs you want to hear anytime you want to hear them) there must be someone out there who can come to Radio's rescue. It's primary attraction (other than the music being played) was the fact that it was free... if you could abide the plugs every two or three songs... or worse. I liked the fact that you did not have to watch it... you could continue to work, relax, play or whatever and hear your favorite artist whenever it came up in the que.

Truth is, we probably have not seen the technology waiting out there in the wings to replace radio and even your favorite MP3 player. Time will tell.

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Radio's demise was predicted with the advent of television. Didn't happen. And television was also supposed to doom movie theaters. Bets on this one were so strong that the msjor movie studio cancelled the contracts of many of their top actors and actresses. That was premature judgment to say the least. After being the lastet thing back in the "I Love Lucy" days, television took its rightful place in the mainstream. Sooner the later the Internet and its "children"(IPods, MP3's, etc) will do. Sooner or later many of the computer hobbiests of today will get burned out and cut the usage time considerably. And when Internet burnout sets in it's very likely that folks will once again want more face-to-face contact, just like when television reached maturity.

And I'm sure that live music venues will survive as well. There are a couple of venues that aren't full time, but do have concerts a few times a year. They are located in churches, providing a haven from the drinking. I'm not actually that sure folks are drinking so much less today. The number of neighborhood taverns has declined over the past couple of decades, yet the number of liquor stores has remained steady or even garnered a slight increase.

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Wow,
You folks make some great points. Like I said earlier, I don't have the answer, but I can see some stuff coming down. I can't help thing about the history of it all. If go back far enough you realize that creativity fueled the technology. When you think of it as a better way to communicate, it's mankinds vision to do something bigger, better. Thus, the telegraph, the telephone, the cylinder recorders, acetate, vinyl, tape, CD's/DVD's, and finally a totally digital realm. Our creativity drove all that. But guess what's changed. The technology is now in the drivers seat, with us in the back. The tech world has made it so easy to act like a star, sound like a star, and so on. Without the technology there would be no karaoke, band in a box, backing tracks, all of it. I'm not slighting anyone that takes advantage of that stuff,that's why it's here. But those of us that are old school, have to preserve our places while the download generation figures out, they need us. I'll tell ya who I think is in real trouble, the recording studios. If I take the time, I can produce recordings from start to finish, with my little puter. In 1994, I purchased a small recording studio, complete with ADAT 8-tracks and all the gear. $50,000 worth of equipment. I can now do anything I did there, from the comfort of my little chair with the help of this puter. I realize this is slightly off topic, but it does come full circle, to what's gonna happen with radio! I can't help thinking that radio will survive in spite of itself. The advertisers need the medium. If not, they'll find a way to get their words into what is now free stuff. Either way, nothing that is free can last for long, without someone figuring out a way to cash in on it.
There, I've said my piece.


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Technology advances mean that I can do things with recording that would've been impossible twenty years ago. The disadvantage is that so can a million other wanna-bes. And the problem that arises is one of focus.

Mark K pointed out the limited outlets back in the pre-cable days, when everyone you knew had only three or four choices of what to watch.

And as far as live music goes...I know only a handful of 20 somethings who bother to go out to the clubs...Most of them are more comfortable sitting home with their various games, DVDs and six packs...Which bodes well for slowing down the population growth, but not well for the clubs.

But I agree with Everett. It would suck to be a DJ these days.

Bottom line though, if you love something, then you can find a way to pursue it...It might mean needing a day job to support yourself, or else a lot of ass-busting hard work like my hero BC.

But even in "the good old days", there were more whiners on the outside looking in than there were people giving their heart & souls and lives to survive on the inside...What do you want?, and what are you willing to sacrifice to get it?

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Well-put, Midnight!

I, too, admire what BC's done to further his dream. & you, as-well. It's also fascinating to see what Marc & Mike D's "Insider's" takes on Today's Realities are..for the ever-evolving Music Biz.

You ask "What do you want?" and "What are you willing to sacrifice to get it?" Waal..back when I was younger, more naive, and had far-more loot to sacrifice, I (perhaps..typically) wanted to be the Next Jimmy Buffett...

Now that I'm older, wiser, & somewhat broker, I've "settled" for getting a Song in a Movie (Thanks to You & Doug Murphy for the "Assist!") and getting a Cut on a well-financed/serious promo budgeted Emerging Artist (Thanks Jami Asselin & her manager-dad, Branson's Jim Rader..& co-writer Andy Karpinski!)

I realize the Chances of ever making "Serious Money" have prettymuch evaporated in da Music Biz. I realize that my re-couping the over $100K I've thus-far expended over 25 years are near-nil..and that the many trips to L.A. and NashCity and Branson, MO were probably near-total wastes, from a Serious Business Standpoint.

And, that my Day Job certainly IS "Better-Paying" and my wife'll ALWAYS be here to remind me what a waste it WAS, tryin' to conquer "Music, Inc."

Yet, I think all of us who Keep-At-It are like the guy who built the Watts Towers in L.A...Simon "Sam" Rodia..who I'll quote here: "I had it in my mind I wanted to do something big & I did it." In Sam's case, he did it all in his Spare Time..with His Money..with mostly his own simple Hand Tools..with NO seriously thought-out Architectural PLANS...& then..Completed..deeded it to his neighbor & went to move nearer to his kids, leaving The City and Humanity to decide whether he was crazy or not. "Nuevo Pueblo" was Sam's name for his Opus.."Our Town". It's NOW in the Nat'l Register of Historic Places..&..after L.A.'s debating on tearing it all down..the Locals saved it..& it's living happily-ever-after as "Historical Monument #15" via the L.A. Historical Commission.

I doubt that Sam ever made much loot offa all-7 of those Really Interesting Towers...but..well, the Guy DID live his dream, in spite of what it Cost Him & What The Neighbors Thought.

Waal...back to buildin' the Next "Lyrical Tower"...& Hey, ya never know...

Best Wishes,
Stan

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What your saying here is just like what has happened with damn near every industry. You describe this "Creed of Greed" very well indeed. With the ever increasing power of the Internet, not only is change on the horizon, it's here. Whether it will be positive or negative will no doubt be just like beauty, in the eyes of the beholder.

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Well, through the years, Marc, recording artists have had other sources of income while trying to make it in music. Examples: Tammy Wynette, hairdresser; John Prine, mailman; Naomi Judd, nurse.

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So this is why we can still hear acts such as Elvis and the Beatles over half a century after they struck gold? Looking back at the eight-year time frame since your original posts were made, how much of what you predicted at the time has come true, and what hasn't? Seems there is still plenty of new music and new acts, yet the heavy restrictive formatting remains.

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Hello folks, I guess this thread got reinvigerated.

I'd like to ask all of you a question and direct it mostly back to Everette who started this post.

Have ANY OF YOU ever gone to a job intereview and the first thing out of your mouth was talking about how crappy the job you are interviewing for is, how stupid they are for doing what they do, and how things would all be better if YOU RAN THE COMPANY?

How's that approach work out for you?

Yet, there is NO SHORTAGE of writers who write these "The music industry SUCKS!" songs, no shortage of the opinions of "what the business ought to be doing, and how it is "not like in your day!"
And songs ,songwriting, entertaining, etc. is a NEW INTEREVIEW with everyone you come in contact with. If it is co-writers, artists, pubilshers, the general public, you are INTERVIEWING with people for the opportuity to entertain them, educate them, take a little bit of their time. You are ASKING FOR A JOB FROM THEM. Would YOU HIRE YOU?

I can't answer your questions. If I knew the answers of how to do this and be successful and find the "magic formula" I assure you I wouldn't be over here telling anyone how to do it.

The fact is that you have the MOST FICKLE PUBLIC there has ever been in history. This is the AGE OF DISTRACTION, and just look around you when you are in a resturant, a bar, a club, anywhere music is played. There are dozens of televisions with dozens of sporting events. people are on their cell phones every minute of every day, talking and absorbed in their own lives, 24/7, Hundreds of radio stations, television stations, movies, 24 hour cable channels, video and computer games, multiple things going on ALL at the same time.

Could Elvis or the Beatles even exist in this time frame? I'm willing to bet not. They might have their own pod casts, still be playing their own shows, they might even rise above everyone else, but it is doubtful there would be an ED SULLIVAN show that would capture 50-60% of the veiwing audience at any one time. Even the biggest shows now do well to capture under 10% of the viewing time now. American Idol and The Voice, have had hundreds of millions of viewers but how many huge stars have they even really launched? American Idol about a dozen or so, and the Voice, none. You can complain that maybe the "stars" weren't up to the stars of yesterday and I might agree with you, but I think the "Stars of yesterday" would have a difficult time in todays' market.

So, my suggestion to any of you is to concentrate on the things you CAN do instead of what you WISH things could be.
Write the best songs you can.
Get them out there in any method you can as much as you can.
Find your allies in artists, in co-writers, in fans that like and support your music.
Grow expotentially and always give your public your all.
QUIT COMPLAINING. It really doesn't do any good.

Concentrate on WHAT IS.
Don't concentrate on WHAT ISN'T.

Start there. Might be surprised at the results.

MAB

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Eh, Well, Marc, Your comments aside,
I'm not sure there are any local D.J's out there selecting songs a listener want's to hear in a local radio station anymore. So, I will ask, does anyone know of a radio station that has D.J.'s that take requests and play's them. Last I heard, you can call a radio station and request to hear something already on their "Selected Play List" but nothing else. They're making a few Vinyl LP Records again. Maybe they will bring back the 45, no?


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Originally Posted by beechnut79
Well, through the years, Marc, recording artists have had other sources of income while trying to make it in music. Examples: Tammy Wynette, hairdresser; John Prine, mailman; Naomi Judd, nurse.



Beechnut, An artists ability to make money has ALWAYS been determined by touring and merchandising. The difference in today and "yesteryear" is that the record companies also share in the touring and merchandise. But really is THIS that difference either?
In Elvis' case, Col. Tom Parker got half of everything Elvis earned. In the Beatles case, Brian Epstein was a principal beneficiary and the Beatles today still fight legal battles to earn back elements of their career they gave up early.

One of the things I always noticed when I first moved to Nashville is that almost nobody in the industry, particularly songwriters, ONLY derived income from the music industry. They almost all were involved with other businesses, some music related, some totally unrelated. Writers would have businesses like plumbing contractors, electricians, real estate agents, etc. This is EVEN WHEN they were on top of the charts at one particular time. Those times change and you might find yourself right back where you were before and often they had so much money invested in their music business that much of what they earned in the "big time" was spent paying back loans and draws made before they became successful. Some continued on to huge careers, but not as much as most people would think.

A majority of what I thought was going to happen eight years ago has happened. Songwriters artists, labels, publishers, make much less money because of the amount of product that is out there, a fickle public that has no intention of paying for music because they never have, streaming services that require more and more streams and pay less, etc. And even some of those services, Pandora and Spotify, for instance are also in the red in their account balances. They don't make money. We're in the era of "free music." Period. And it's not going to go back. We have to deal with that.There are many many more artists, songs, unending product. It is easy to do. Write songs record them, even in the most rudimentary way, and put them on the Internet. It put everyone into the game, and took the money out of the game. The high profile earners, top of the pyramid (and there will always be those) will find ways to keep going, most others will not.

And Ray, no there are no DJ's in mainstream radio that make the decisions anymore. That has been gone for around 20 years since the industry consolodated, people like Clear Channel took over radio. But again, this is not new. If you want to read an interesting book, find a book called HIT MEN. from the 80's It tells the story of PINK FLOYD, who at the time were on the top of the charts, and had some of the biggest records out there. They discovered the process of paying radio programmers and how all that was working and refused to participate. Their records suddenly dropped through the basement and they never received significant airplay again.

Now there is INTERNET RADIO, there are pod casts, there are secondary markets and college radio, there are other avenues, but again, due to the sheer vast amount of people trying to get INTO those avenues, there is more competition. So no, for the most part, DJ's have long stopped being the arbiters of airplay.

My overall point is what does that have to do with your writing? Unless you pony up millions of dollars and start your own label or radio station, there is not much you are going to be able to do about it. You can only control what YOU do. What you write. What you record or have recorded, the audience you accumulate through your efforts. You can complain all you want, but it really doesn't change anything.
My thoughts are on a trend I have been seeing for a long time which comes from writers who claim they are trying to get into the music business, yet spend most of their time complaining about the music business. They write songs that are frankly quite offensive to anyone who actually is doing this. And that is their right to be offensive to whomever they want. But these same people complain the loudest when they're careers go no where and they seem to not draw a correlation between their personal attitudes and their ability to go much of anywhere.

We have a similar situation going in the "Facebook world." People get online and become the nastiest, most bitter, angry people in the world in their unending rants on politics, religion, life, and yes, music. Most people spend as much time "unfriending" people as they do anything else. And now I am hearing more and more people who are inside the industry, and outside the industry, who are affected. I expect to see more and more people lose deals, records lose success and traction, artists completely dissappear due to the attitudes they are taking in public.

Beechnut, another prediction I am making now is that FACEBOOK, TWITTER are going to end more careers than Drugs and alcohol ever did.

What's the industry going to do? Have no idea. I imagine it will keep on, major labels and companies will still be out there, some people will rise to the top. And there will be a TON of people that COMPLAIN about everything about it.

If you have a historical perspective, and look at things from a little longer than just getting started the day you were born, you will see that history repeats itself and there is nothing really that new under the sun.

MAB

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Hey guys,

Here's some possibly good news for those of you who hate modern radio. Now, it seems like I Heart Radio, the satellite radio network that bought out Clear Channel and is currently the largest radio organization, is also $20 billion in debt. So they may go out of business next year. This, along with Pandora and Spotify, are sort of the whole thing about what is going on "behind the scenes" in music and entertainment is that there are a lot of empty shell industries out there that while revolutionizing the way we get all our information, are actually going broke. Guess they can't collect on "free" either.

So maybe all radio will just fail and you guys can program whatever you want to.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/ih...urvive-another-year-2017-04-21-121035436

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Here's even more good news for some of you. If you don't like the songs that are hitting the top of the charts, don't worry. They won't be there very long. See, there is all kinds of good news if you just look for it. LOL!

http://www.billboard.com/articles/b...dio-format-programmers-frustrated-labels

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Hi Mark:

I'll be happy to "raise a toast" to the demise of "I Heart Radio/Clear Channel" if and when they "go under!" I miss those days when real DJ's played what they thought we should hear... or what their "fans" would request by phone or snail-mail.

I'm also guessing you are 100% right about ruined careers because of inappropriate posts.

Thankfully, touring and merchandising are not on my horizon. Talk about a rat race and a quick trip to oblivion! No thanks.

Thanks for the good news. Be well and happy! ----Dave

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Aw, Well, Humm, Marc,
As much as it hurts me, I have never been one to jump off the deep end thinking I am going to get rich. Didja read the list of latest CD's I bought on Barry's post Heaven's Radio? When Elvis came out a lot of other such type Artists began putting out records and Alan Freed had a program, can't remember the exact program playing much of it. Bascially POP/Rock music. I remember hearing a lot of them back in the 50's when the music was raw and good! Now why would I be surprised that some of these big music services are going broke? Lotta people selling Snake Oil, including some in Washington. Well, gotta hitch up the mules now. Have you listened to Mule Train lately? I recommend all those slick lawyers trying to sell me on gaming the law to Google PHILADELPHIA LAWYER by Maddox Brothers and Rose. That' al get ya. Geronimo!


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From "American Idol" I can name two who became big stars: Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Clarkson. There may be a third, I believe his name is Lee DeWise, and he hailed from a Chicago suburb not far from where I live; that is why I am familiar with this name. That show may be the modern-day equivalent of what Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts was in its time; the show that produced Patsy Cline. Don't know for sure if any other well-known names came out of that show or not.

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Your paragraph regarding Pink Floyd is eerily reminiscent of the Payola scandal of the late 1950s and early 1960s. Even Dick Clark was investigated, although it was assumed that he wasn't directly involved in any of the shenanigans himself. In its own way it was the music industry's Watergate. Yet I don't know the names of any of the key players who were taken down. Perhaps some book was written about it at some point.

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Slightly off the topic of this thread but interesting nevertheless is that your final paragraph about nothing new under the sun brought me to the point of watching the PBS special concerning our involvement in World War I. Things were revealed on that show that we never learned in our history classes. And, if you think that the whole "Big Brother is watching you" concept is something new, think again. Even without the invasive technology we kneel at the feet of today, there was plenty of invasiveness at that time, and those who didn't partake of the mandated sacrifices to aid the war effort were totally ostracized even if not criminally prosecuted. And the country was every bit as divisive over the issue as it is today.

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It put everyone into the game, and took the money out of the game.

Now, if we could get the same result from our political establishment as well, many of us would seemingly be m ore content with their lives.

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Originally Posted by beechnut79
From "American Idol" I can name two who became big stars: Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Clarkson. There may be a third, I believe his name is Lee DeWise, and he hailed from a Chicago suburb not far from where I live; that is why I am familiar with this name. That show may be the modern-day equivalent of what Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts was in its time; the show that produced Patsy Cline. Don't know for sure if any other well-known names came out of that show or not.


Lee DeWise was a JPF member and I recall him entering his CD in our Music Awards the year he was on the show, but just before, and it got eliminated early on in our process and I remember going back to listen to it to see if someone had missed something and they hadn't, it was very weak. We've had more talented members on the show, but somehow he won even though let's face it, that might have been the low point for that show and he's been the least successful winner as far as I am aware. Right place, right time. But he was never going to be a star even with that show behind him. It's why they started manipulating things especially in the early rounds (not to mention the years they flat out cheated with Paula Abdul's little boyfriend who couldn't sing a note and was removed shortly after their affair became public but I still remember them aggressively praising him even when he was complete garbage.

In the later years, it was so obviously biased and STILL they couldn't find a big success and it killed the show. Had they found more true talents, it would still be on. Simon Cowell got out before it burned down, and though the judges at the end were actually a huge improvement, the talent they were pushing through the show just sucked for the most part.

The world has changed. The eras when artists gigged for years or even decades all over the country, getting better, having real life experiences, improving their stage presence etc. are long over. There is lots and lots of raw talent out there, but corporations are neither patient nor very good at all things artistic, they only know how to squeeze every penny out of something ready to go. Now that supply is roughly a million to one over demand, there's never going to be a reason to pay these folks tons of money. It will always be powerful producers and whoever they groom in their stables going forward. It won't usually be special, but it will be well over produced.


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Uh, Well, Marc,
I do have Jimmy Bowen's book, ROUGH MIX Published in 1997! Maybe I should read that thing again! I ain't complaining about the stuff that comes out today, except with my Wallet! I heard a new song by Frankie Ballard yesterday on Fox I think. His new song if I remember correctly. About as strong as Mammy Yokum is weak!


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#1127988 - 05/23/17 08:25 PM Re: I pity today's DJs [Re: Everett Adams]  
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Nice song Everett!

I agree with you for the most part, at least where commercial radio is concerned. Most of it is pretty boring, lowest common denominator stuff. However, for years now I've been listening pretty exclusively to NPR, or other public radio station like WXPN out of Philly. They truely are a breath of fresh air in the broadcasting business, and I'm pretty sure those DJs still program their own shows, especially if its a local small public radio station. I've also been listening to NPR's All Songs Considered podcast now for several years. It's a once/twice a week show and it's really turned me on to a lot of new music that otherwise I may never have discovered.


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#1127990 - 05/23/17 11:49 PM Re: I pity today's DJs [Re: Everett Adams]  
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One of the reasons most of you (should I say US, because it applies to me also) don't care for current music is because it is not from OUR time. Our tastes tend to stop expanding before we hit 30. This is an article from BMI this week that you might find interesting.

https://aeon.co/essays/why-do-your-musical-tastes-get-frozen-over-in-your-twenties

#1127992 - 05/24/17 08:14 AM Re: I pity today's DJs [Re: Marc Barnette]  
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Good Article Marc and thanks for posting it.
Songs are So Subjective to people and that is the way it is.
Art is in the eye of the beholder. I TRY and be fair and objective but in the end for me it is the melody that grabs me first....always has and always will. Even a great story isn't enough for me without the Great Melody.

I watched the Billboard awards the other night and was mortified at the lack of melody in all the songs. Some of the women could sing but the songs were terrible and I was wondering why they couldn't find better songs....I was really dismayed at Drake singing that Rap Crap on the water in Vegas. I thought he was better than that. So Many Great Songs and Songwriters in the world and they were all singing crappy songs.....I WONDER WHY? Maybe they insist on singing songs that they wrote. I see in Country Music now ALL the new Hunks and Chicks are supposedly one of the writers on the songs. NOW In my heart I know that they probably just sat in the room with some Pros from Music Row and THEY really wrote the songs. Oh Well what can you do.....I posted a song recently on facebook where I used to play in Central Park and pretend I was a Star....Also posted another one that got a lot of comments called THE MUGGER & ME...where a guy came to mug me and after seeing I had no money and was homeless felt sorry for me and became my manager.....lol....Just a silly story but many could relate to me about this song. I have found as an OLD Singer Songwriter that I get more personal about my story and write songs about ME and tell my story I seem to be getting a lot more Fans. They like to know how I wrote a song or how I came up with the idea so I've been doing that a lot more...Story behind the song....SO that's MY STORY and I'm sticking to it....LOL...Barry...

#1128029 - 05/26/17 09:07 AM Re: I pity today's DJs [Re: Everett Adams]  
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Barry,

Thanks for reading and good comments. I am in Nashville doing what I do because of a phenomenon I saw happening in the 90's. I grew up with the songs of the EAGLES, RAY CHARLES, MOTOWN, CROSBY STILLS NASH, THE CALIFORNIA movement, even heavy rock of BOSTON, STYXX, KISS, and pretty much an amazing selection of music. I had a lot of music history and always studied songs of the past, THE BEATLES, STONES, etc. it was always MELODY that had me. Lyrics were an afterthought. But at that same time, I listened to JOHNNY CASH, MARTY ROBBINS, GEORGE JONES, OAK RIDGE BOYS, KENNY ROGERS and other things that were happening in country music. Actually my Band, 24 KARAT used to give me hell for listening to that "SAD OLD COUNTRY CRAP!"

The main years of our band was in the 80's, along with LOVERBOY, JOURNEY, REO SPEEDWAGON, etc. Doing original material based around that. We were quite successful for a while in the mid 80's,winning a National battle of the bands, being played on the radio, performing around the southeast. When the band broke up in 1986, I tried to bring the music forward, but the day of that type of music ended in rock and pop.
It got decidedly angrier and actually ATONAL. With the Seattle grunge movement, it was as if the pendulum swung WAY to the other side with people going AWAY from anything that had a melody. And if it had a melody it was pissed off about something. Minor chords were seemingly all anyone could play anymore. When the rap, hip hop, scene came in, with rapid fire lyrics, no melody at all, again, very angry lyrics, debasement of women, rampant sampling of existing songs, etc. that was it for me. I didn't leave rock. It left me.

At the same time, in Country, with groups like EXILE, ALABAMA, singers like Lee Greenwood, and later T. Graham Brown, Delbert McClinton, etc. it was the exact opposite. Those songs, which had always been negative and downer lyrics, turned positive. It was a party, up tempo, stage shows got bigger and more elaborate, and I was hooked. Meeting someone who had lived in Nashville for ten years and had success in the industry, pushed me to PAY him, for his experience. That is how I got to Nashville.

Now. the "ATONAL" aspect of music is everywhere. Country is far from it's pure roots. Everything sounds very similar, and the follow the leader mentality is everywhere. And much of it is not worth following in the first place. It is like the cassette days, where you would make dub after dub, with the quality diminishing with each successive generation. It doesn't help when the hit makers of today have emulated the really bad music of yesterday. Yet that is what it is.

But in my opinion, there are always breakouts. There are people who still ring true, who still grab me. In country, Maren Morris, Eric Church, Zac Brown, Chris Stapleton, and others still have that special extra. I have just been watching FOX AND FRIENDS this morning and one of my friends, PHIL VASSAR, was on for an hour performing for the USO and military people in the audience. That is where my heart is.

I can't tell you where music is going or what is going to happen in this business. In many ways, it is the BEST OF TIMES and the WORST OF TIMES. But there will always be emergence, always be people that break through. And we all will do our best to stay involved. I would not get too caught up in awards shows or the "trend of the moment." I would immerse myself in things I like, be aware of the others, don't follow the leader and try to find my own voice.

That is about all that you can do.

MAB

#1128032 - 05/26/17 09:20 AM Re: I pity today's DJs [Re: Everett Adams]  
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Well,
I have heard, but can't confirm, that a lot of rockers, maybe from your era Marc, really liked Classic Country. For some reason, Conway Twitty, stopped playing rock and turned country. But to be perfectly fair, I am listening to DREAM DANCING on a cassette tape I recorded a lot of years ago by Ray Anthony. Easy listening music. Another artist you may want to look up and get some of his CD's.


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#1128049 - 05/26/17 03:59 PM Re: I pity today's DJs [Re: Everett Adams]  
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Ray, most people who end up in country usually gravitate out of rock into country. But it is not usually their fault. It is that music changes around them.

When Kenny Rogers started his career from the New Christy Minstrals, he was a folk artist. Folk changed with Bob Dylan and Kenny went into rock with the FIRST EDITION. Then rock changed with the advent of the Beatles, the British invasion and then harder edge rock of people like Led Zepplin and others. So rock left him. He could not get arrested anymore in rock with the fans, so he came back as a country artist.

Same with Conway. The "crooner" pop stylings he started with, Elvis, etc. changed in the 70's and he morphed into country.

Exile, my favorite group started off as a pop band with "I want to Kiss You All Over" and then morphed to country in the 80's.

When Elvis left for the army, his fans changed. He came back in HOLLYWOOD as an actor, for several years and had to redefine himself as he and his fans changed over the years.

You can look at pretty much any artist and the process repeats as they age, and are shunned by the newer fans of whatever genre they started in.

And that is the bottom line.
Your FANS change too. If your fans no longer accept you or that type of music, you have to make the changes as well.

Fans age. They are replaced by YOUNGER FANS in the genre and so everything moves into different phases.

Part of a career. Change. The only thing in music that's constant.

MAB

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