The Value of Relationships: Why I Really Like A Strange Arrangement

Mayer Hawthorne - A Strange Arrangment album coverI was recently thinking about my long tail keywords that would be associated with my personal brand.  Thoughts on what I have been splattering all over the interwebs had me realizing that I obviously have a certain preference for artists I know personally.  You know what though, there is nothing wrong with that. At first, I figured it was my own ego finding a way to keep itself entertained, but that is far from the case. There are new artists I do not know at all that I check for on a consistent basis, but I find that there is a greater economy of music that comes from people I actually know and it is just as good as any music that comes from anywhere else.

I am reminded of a quote by Sole, where he said:

So eMCees I ain’t feeling you if I don’t know your real name.
Bottle of Humans

Ask anyone that knows me and they’ll tell you I quote this lyric often. After being an avid rap listener for 20+ years, I believe I have just about heard it all. There is little that really moves me anymore in the lyrical space. Occasionally, a Danny Brown comes along and reminds me of the good old days, but that is more nostalgia than refreshing brain stimulation. What moves me now is to hear “inside information” in a song provided by an artist that has shared a little something with me, regardless if it was voluntary or not.
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Music Industry Prediction: Rise of the Personable Geeks

I know I have been on a bit of a hiatus, but don’t let the tumbleweeds fool ya.  There has been a lot going on in the world of music and culture.  I know if you are not getting your fix here, then you’re getting it elsewhere.  C’mon, it never stops, right?  We might get weary of the onslaught of material, especially as it gets repetitive, but it never ceases to be produced.  That is one of the reasons why I took a break.  The big question of “why am I doing this?” had to be addressed and it was not taking shrugged shoulders for an answer.  I am back though and ready for duty!  I hope you will be rejoin me.

tumbleweedAs the Peer Pressure Cooker, it seems to be my personal calling to sift through the items on the conveyor belt, survey them and give an appropriate marking to categorize its use.  Taxing as it is, gratification has come from a lot of unexpected places, which keeps me at it.  I have been most interested in the seemingly-distraught music industry as it tries to find its way again to financial prominence.  While the big guns (Universal, Warner Music, etc) have not found anything that they are cool with shooting yet, there are some smaller pistols that are liking these new targets just fine. Continue reading “Music Industry Prediction: Rise of the Personable Geeks”