“We've managed to shoot a car-sized vehicle not only into space, but to a planet 35 million miles away. And then we've managed to delicately drop this vehicle onto the surface. And it still functions. I can't even toss someone my iPhone without breaking it.”
Our pal @DGMusic (composer) added this sage observation:
(I know you’re probably thinking I need to charge my phone?)
A huge event happened not just for our world, but for all worlds. Thanks to social media, we are experiencing it in more forms than ever before. Think about what this could mean for life. Could we be seeing on our smartphones what Earth will look like in 2 million years? Ahhh. Are we looking at a new land to colonize? Ahhh. I bet Mars is where Tupac is chillin......
Pretty soon the rich are going to start vacationing on Mars.....that Gale Crater looks like it is BUMPING!
TWITTER - Except for score reporting, sports aren’t text-based. Unless you want to talk about Gabby Douglass’ hair or Ryan Lochte’s teeth, you want replays. Plus in the time it takes to tweet 140 characters, Usain Bolt has already finished his race and won gold.
Let’s continue the discussion from last week [Part I]
Another conversation has spawned from this image [above]: Does today’s perfect pop song require multiple collaborators? OR is this just semantics and a bi-product of a changing industry where EVERYONE wants a piece of the pie?
Did you know this rule:
ANYONE who is in the room during the creation of a song is considered a potential ‘Co-writer?’
Some people fight this case more than others. They want their 1% or 2% royalty.
Let’s just say that you’re dating superstar Drake. And he dumps you. And you leave him a nasty voicemail. And he samples your message in a song. And you’re not credited. You can sue. And you may have a case.
You’re like... “WHAT? that’s not true!” It’s true. HAPPENED.
You’re the coffee boy working for The Smeezingtons(yes.. that’s the weird group name responsible for some very recognizable hits) and you walk in while they’re writing “It Will Rain” and you are asked your opinion.. you give it.. it is used. HELLOOOOOO writer.
It used to be clear who wrote what. Many band members in the golden years didn’t fight for their percentages the way that they fight for them now. For the Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger (for the most part) contributed words; Keith Richards, the guitar parts. But as pop’s genres have mutated with the introduction of technology, the traditional definition of a song — a lyric set to melody over chord changes — has also transformed. With today’s songs featuring elements besides lyric and vocal melody (riffs, bass lines, synth, dubstep, etc), songwriting credit is an ever expanding list...
We have to give up the search for the “perfect pop song” AND give up saying that “music is dying.” It’s all changing. The industry is changing. It’s our job as creators to keep exploring... even in a crowded room...