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Growing, Growing…

Those darn kids. They grow so fast.

My little girl’s been playing the piano for three years now and she loves to sing and so does her mamma.

We took time over Christmas to record and then film this music video. It is actually Ellie-Jane’s first music video and I’m happy to say she did very good at taking direction from daddah.

Her mamma… well, that’s another story.

Hope you enjoy the video…

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Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnlsxmikiNY

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Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow

If you wake up and don’t want to smile,
If it takes just a little while,
Open your eyes and look at the day,
You’ll see things in a different way.

Don’t stop, thinking about tomorrow,

Don’t stop, it’ll soon be here,
It’ll be, better than before,
Yesterday’s gone, yesterday’s gone.

Why not think about times to come,
And not about the things that you’ve done,
If your life was bad to you,
Just think what tomorrow will do.

Don’t stop, thinking about tomorrow,
Don’t stop, it’ll soon be here,
It’ll be, better than before,
Yesterday’s gone, yesterday’s gone.

All I want is to see you smile,
If it takes just a little while,
I know you don’t believe that it’s true,
I never meant any harm to you.

Don’t stop, thinking about tomorrow,
Don’t stop, it’ll soon be here,
It’ll be, better than before,

Yesterday’s gone, yesterday’s gone.

Don’t you look back,
Don’t you look back.

-Christine McVie

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If You Know Someone in the Music Business…

I have a talented friend, Wayne Vickers, and every now and then we sit down and write a tune. In 2007 we wrote a couple of songs and they are my favorite to date that we’ve written together.

The lyrics for Scattered Road (click the link to listen to the song) were written by both of us in a day. I was listening to Garth Brook’s song What She’s Doing Now and my thoughts turned to old flame from many years back. I sat down and wrote the first verse and half of the chorus in about 15 minutes. I sent them to Wayne and that night he finished the Chorus and second verse in about an hour. Collaborating like that was crazy cool!

Realman (click the link to listen to the song) is a song idea I had after listening to one of Wayne’s one minute music treatments. We were sitting around one day just thinking about what a Realman is and out came this song.

Songwriting with a friend is really fun – when you collaborate it seems like the song isn’t yours or isn’t your collaborators. The song seems to have its own voice!

If you know someone in the music business ask them to get these to some famous artist to record. I’d love to hear a star sing either of these two on the radio.

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A Friday Thought…

Whilest working and listening to my music the song We Are The World came on. It took me back to my youth and reminded me of a time when a bunch of famous people saw a problem and tried to make a difference with their talents.

Even today, the words of this song echo louder that We are indeed the world… that on  some great scale six billion people live together on a world that is in a solar system that is racing fast through the Universe.

That We Are The World full of humans who for all we know are alone in the physical Universe. Yes, we have God with us. But we only have each other in this dark, cold Universe that is full of things unknown.

We, the people of the world have so much to do as a peoples and as individuals. I look forward to the day when the world looks past the bondage of yesterday and toward the freedoms of tomorrow and the life of today!

Here are the words from the song of yesterday that still rings true today!

We Are The World
by: Michael Jackson

There comes a time
When we head a certain call
When the world must come together as one
There are people dying
And it’s time to lend a hand to life
The greatest gift of all

We can’t go on
Pretneding day by day
That someone, somewhere will soon make a change
We are all a part of
God’s great big family
And the truth, you know love is all we need

[Chorus]
We are the world
We are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day
So let’s start giving
There’s a choice we’re making
We’re saving our own lives
It’s true we’ll make a better day
Just you and me

Send them your heart
So they’ll know that someone cares
And their lives will be stronger and free
As God has shown us by turning stone to bread
So we all must lend a helping hand

[Chorus]
We are the world
We are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day
So let’s start giving
There’s a choice we’re making
We’re saving our own lives
It’s true we’ll make a better day
Just you and me

When you’re down and out
There seems no hope at all
But if you just believe
There’s no way we can fall
Well, well, well, well, let us realize
That a change will only come
When we stand together as one

[Chorus]
We are the world
We are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day
So let’s start giving
There’s a choice we’re making
We’re saving our own lives
It’s true we’ll make a better day
Just you and me

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“Roll With The Changes”

Do you have a personal motto? Do you ascribe to a having a motto? I think life at times tends to wear on us mere mortals. I think we find comfort in knowing that we are not alone, that we have family and friends and that we have our maker.

You know, when the rigors of life get you down, you need quick thought that re-sets your frame of mind so you get back on track and keep moving forward.

I’m not sure what my motto would be, but I like “Roll With The Changes”

Way back REO Speedwagon wrote this song (see it here on YouTube).

As soon as you are able
Woman, I am willin’
To make the break that we
Are on the brink of

My cup is on the table
Our love is spillin’
Waitin’ here for you to
Take and drink of

So if you’re tired of the
Same old story
Oh, turn some pages
I’ll be here when you are ready
To roll with the changes
Yea eee yea, woo

I knew it had to happen
Felt the tables turnin’
Got me through my darkest hour

I heard the thunder clappin’
Felt the desert burnin’
Until you poured on me
Like a sweet sunshower

So if you’re tired of the
Same old story
Oh turn some pages
I’ll be here when you are ready
To roll with the changes
Ohh yeah

(Keep on rollin’) Oh yeah
(Keep on rollin’) Ohh
(Woo ooo)
Roll with the changes
Keep on rollin’

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Answers To Life’s Tough Questions: They’ve all been answered…

You’ve just got’ta be listening. Now the important thing here is – what is the question? You can hear the song by clicking here.

Brothers Unaware

By: Edward Kowalczyk, ; Chad Taylor; Patrick Dahlheimer; Chad Gracey

So many people
I know only a few
Yes I may say that I love this man
And that man
But what keeps me from loving you?

Date of birth, geography
The color of my skin, ideology
You got ten fingers, two legs, on nose
Like me
Just like me

And it’s as simple as that
You see

And if I don’t know who to Love
I love them all
And if I don’t know who to trust
I trust them all
And if I don’t know who to kill
I may kill myself instead

From the mouth of a baby
Will come the world saving words
That will save us all
And from the lungs of a child
Will come the everlasting breath of God

Increasing peace and honesty
And not carrying on Despite of me
Don’t you know
This ain’t about no race, no creed
No race, no creed

And it’s as simple as that
You see

And if I don’t know who to love
I love them all
And if I don’t know who to trust
I trust them all
And if I don’t know who to kill
No suicide
I’m already dead

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The "Nuclear Bomb" Business Case

I admit on the first sentence of this blog entry that I do not know all the facts or mitigating circumstances around the Internet Radio Royalty Rates dispute. I do follow the music business as close as I can as well as associated businesses such as Internet radio.

Background: Internet Radio really took off like everything else on the Internet around 1999-2000. When Internet Radio started we realized the cool factor of it all. I hate using that euphemism, but it really fits.

Cool because for the first time we were freed from boring, terrestrial radio that had grown stagnant. For the first time anyone with a computer and decent Internet connection could start broadcasting to the WORLD! For the first time you could find new music through legitimate, independent outlets.

What is the problem?

Radio Utopia didn’t last long though. For you see, the traditional music and radio businesses have this arrangement that’s been around a long, long time. Terrestrial radio stations pay a percentage of their revenues to royalty collection companies such as ASCAP and BMI, which in turn pays money to the copyright holders of the songs played on the radio stations. This arrangement has worked well for the radio stations and artist. It promotes the symbiotic relationship that is needed to keep artist fed so they can create new music and the rates radio stations pay are fair so they can stay in business.

The Internet Radio landscape became more muddy due to the emergence of SoundExchange, an entity created by the RIAA, and the paying of statutory and compulsory licenses. For some reason congress thinks that traditional radio stations should only have to pay royalties to the writer(s) of a song, but digital radio stations (Internet and Satellite) should pay both writing and performance royalties per song and per listener. By the way, the traditional radio stations pay around 3.5% of their gross revenues to the song writers.

And this is the core of the problem. Everyone agrees that song writers and performance artist should get paid for using their works of art to create a business. The issue is that everyone should have to play by the same rules. Internet broadcasters want the same deal as their counterparts in the traditional, terrestrial radio station business. Even terrestrial radio stations that simulcast on the Internet want the same rate to apply to both technologies.

The “Nuclear Bomb” Solution…

I think sometimes to solve a big problem like this that cuts across traditions and new technologies we have to set off a “Nuclear Bomb” and start over.

Let’s clear all the laws governing copyright royalty collections. The days of needing a middle man to collect royalties are OVER! Artists should have the right to choose how they collect their royalties. If they want SoundExchange, ASCAP or BMI to represent them or go it alone they should have that right.

On the flip side if people respected copyright ownership and paid for the usage of those copyrights we would have a better situation today.

Should Internet Radio Stations go out of business? Should digital music go away? If a business “Nuclear Bomb” went off would the world miss all these technologies?

The answer to these problems is not easy. Starting over might be the start of the process, but sanity must prevail if these businesses are to survive.

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