Sunday, January 31, 2010

Time Passages

Good Morning!

There are some who say that "Living is an art" and there are others (my blogging buddy Bai-Ling comes to mind) who savour every minute of life and live it to the max.

Which side are you allied with?

I was listening to the Michael Savage radio program one evening last week where Dr. Savage remarked that people don't newspapers anymore because the news they print isn't anything you'd want to bring home to your family. He talked on about the political slant of the papers, but as I recall, newspapers have always had political affiliations. I recall my mom telling me a story about how one of our neighbors cancelled her Knickerbocker News subscription when the Schenectady Union-Star came to Albany, because "the Union-Star is a Democratic newspaper." (So I guess the Knick was "Republican"?!?) Well, it matters not because both of those evening dailies are no more... I think Savage is off in the wrong direction on the papers.

Look at it this way: there's a movement going on right now in Albany to "save" the Washington Avenue YMCA. I believe that if the folks trying to "save" it succeed, it still won't be long before the Y closes for good. That particular Y is like a typewriter. It's time is finished. It no longer has any meaning or value in the current day. Sometimes things that fall by the wayside of time "return" - like the phonograph record.

In "New role for the CD?" I wrote: "A generation or two stands between the 33rpm vinyl album with its artwork and liner notes and the digital music CD which is what it is. On Facebook this week Yarah Bravo has been plugging her new CD and mentions she won't be pressing any more hard copies. People who had a copy commented back how glad they were to have an original."

In the same Posterous Post, I wrote how "This morning I heard that a local music distributor is closing several retail shops because people are buying and downloading music online." Turns out the radio broadcast I heard left out an important detail of the story: (quoting from the Times Union) "Trans World Entertainment Corp., the Albany company that operates f.y.e. stores, is closing 125 of its locations nationally, although none are in the Capital Region." Comments on the newspaper article run the gamut, from "’m surprised they will only close 125. I’m surprised they are still in business what with Itunes and the internet. I haven’t been in a music store in a decade" to "Trans World, the company that pioneered selling merchandise at a much higher price than manufacturer’s suggested price! Before Trans World, most dealers reduced prices from the suggested list price."

I see two great marketing opportunities for artists: issue limited edition specially enhanced mixed media CDs, numbered like artists number prints of their works, like "3 of 300" - and - offering an "enhanced download" including liner notes and artwork that can either be printed out or simply viewed on the computer. The CDs have the potential to increase in value over time. Downloaders get more goodies (which cost the artist next to nothing to add to the CD package"

More Good Reading:::

Pearl has "A short interview with DJ Vadim"


Plunge in CD Sales shakes up big labels

One Self – Children Of Possibility

CDs I've Enjoyed
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