The reason I’m here, the reason I was born, the reason I’m on this earth, is to write songs.
Joan Armatrading: Me Myself I [57:45]
Admire the clarity of purpose. Joan Armatrading speaking right at the end of this fascinating documentary on BBC4.
“Clarity: the reason I’m here…”
Here’s a fascinating read. It’s an interview with Danny Goldberg, onetime manager of Nirvana, Bonnie Raitt, Belinda Carlisle, Steve Earle and others.
He talks about reputation and the differences in small business and big business experience. Also, of course, he talks about the complexity of the artist-manager relationship.
“Greatest [music] managers: Danny Goldberg”
Just so’s you know, I’m loving the new album from Kenny Wayne Shepherd, The Traveler.
Some samples from YouTube…
Just sooo good.
Life isn’t about finding yourself, or finding anything. Life is about creating yourself … and creating things.
Bob Dylan, Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story [00:06:11]
I’ve just watched Martin Scorsese’s Rolling Thunder Revue and this quote, from current-day Dylan stuck in my head. I’m sure I’ve read the same sentiment somewhere else recently, but I can’t place it.
The film, available on Netflix, is worth watching both for 1970s Dylan’s performances and current-day Dylan’s commentary.
Eclecticity Light points us towards this gem…
I’ve only listened to this first episode so far, but it’s thoughtful and engaging.
There are six episodes in the series, each centred on a song (the first is Calling to You from 1993’s Fate of Nations) but ranging far and wide around its topic.
You can find them on YouTube, as above, or on
I’m looking forward to finding time for the rest.
At first pass, the hedonistic, glam world of rock music seems an unlikely place for a practising Stoic.
But, then you reflect on the impossible highs and lows of life on the road; the shapeless, twilight, drudgery of tour-bus life and it begins to make sense.
“Rock ‘n’ roll ‘n’ stoicism – @HurricaneNita”
Winning work is an ongoing challenge for freelancers. As an employee, someone’s always passing you the next project. But, as an independent, you need to be selling and delivering at the same time.
How is that possible?
“Freelancers – build your reputation and win work”
It must be tough building a business whose core products were launched in the 1950s. Fender is best known for its solid-body guitars and electric basses: the Telecaster (1950), the Stratocaster (1954) and the Precision Bass (1951).
Times this week has a profile of Fender’s CEO, Andy Mooney, who took the reins in 2015. It’s a fascinating read both for gear-heads (I’m a life-long Fender fan) and strategy gurus. Continue reading
“DeFender of the Faith – Andy Mooney, @Fender”
… with A Layman’s Blog.
As a taster,
here he has one of my favourite quotes from Marcus Aurelius:
At day’s first light have in readiness, against disinclination to leave your bed, the thought that ‘I am rising for the work of man’. Continue reading
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