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The End of Quiet Music
New York Times, by Alina Simone

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Posted By:Calvinesq, 9/26/2013 1:24:30 PM

Not long before my first album was released in 2005, I spent a summer in Russia interviewing small business owners. An American microfinance organization had sent me there to gather rosy statistics and uplifting stories about how their loans had improved the lives of this new crop of entrepreneurs. Instead, I would arrive in some city with a recently gutted economy, only to have men and women selling knockoff jeans or fruit from Uzbekistan tell me the same thing: they missed the factory. That is, their old jobs working at some inefficient Soviet enterprise. They didn’t like the financial uncertainty

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The music industry and "entrepreneurs" of music need to find a working model. Seems this author wants "educational, cultrual and govenrmental institutions" to provide the support and means of making a living. Good luck with that, particularly in the age of bloated government payrolls and pensions, overlayed by Obamacare.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 9/26/2013 1:40:04 PM     (No. 9538020)

Petite Marxists offer a false choice between the ´cooperative´ effort run by the state or rugged individualist effort run by craven cowboy capitalists.

They choose to overlook the massive amount of
collective and cooperative effort generated in simple employment.

The difference is one of volition.

Capitalism is all voluntary.

That´s what they hate.

And, Alina, my dear, I too abandon my musical career and learned to embrace the beauty of plumbing.

The groupies aren´t as good looking but the work is a lot more steady than my old drummer.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: jond, 9/26/2013 2:21:53 PM     (No. 9538111)

As if having record labels didn´t enforce a selection regime ...

How many great artists just never got signed? And how many who did got ripped of in the process?

James Taylor (whom you will admit was successful, if nothing else) has been locked in a lawsuit with his former label for years. And he´s a relatively big fish with lots of sellable product. Talk about the end of quiet music.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: bob913, 9/26/2013 2:34:42 PM     (No. 9538122)

The writer wants gov´t money - taxpayer money to support her.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: mitzi, 9/26/2013 3:01:13 PM     (No. 9538155)

If they don’t, Darwinism will probably ensure that only the musical entrepreneurs survive.

I had to google to find out who she is ...

She is best known for her original songwriting, her album of cover songs by Russian punk poet Yanka Dyagileva, [Wiki]

I previewed one of her songs on Amazon ... I´m voting for natural selection.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: SaguaroJack, 9/26/2013 3:16:18 PM     (No. 9538171)

This chick makes the case - sort of - for forcing taxpayers thru "educational, cultural and governmental institutions that support the arts" to help starving artists. I feel no sympathy. I, too, have written and performed some pretty decent music that never took off.

It was possible to blame the gods - that is, the educational, cultural and governmental institutions that support the arts - for my lack of success, but I, as she, just did something else and have made a decent middle-class living at it.

Do NOT go raising MY taxes to support YOU. We all have a sad story. It´s our alone and nobody has any right to force it on everybody else thru educational, cultural and governmental institutions - read, "raise taxes."

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Reply 6 - Posted by: jglas, 9/26/2013 3:28:57 PM     (No. 9538197)

You´ve got to suffer if you want to sing the blues.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Mass Minority, 9/26/2013 3:44:40 PM     (No. 9538232)

60 minutes did a piece about 30 years ago on the Dutch welfare system. It focused in part on the government support of the arts. Essentially the Netherlands did exactly what Ms Simone asked, they supported all kinds of art through seemingly bottomless public funds.

So what happened to all that "art"? They were taken to a huge warehouse block in a rundown section of Amsterdam and in this warehouse were stacked literally MILLIONS of paintings, drawings, manuscripts and apparently tapes, movies and other such things. Row after row after row , piled to the cieling, just heaped everywhere. The few examples shown to the camera were nondescript at best, childish scribbling , paint splashing, crude line drawings. What was the government going to do with it?

The only real answer was "Nobody wants it". Must have made a heck of a bonfire. Point is 99% of the "Artists" out there are simply not good enough to make it professionally. And guess what, thats pretty much true about almost any highly competitive field. Thousands of really smart guys with PhD´s in astrophysics and chemistry are working as factory production jobs. Only a few get the big Money R&D posts and guess what, those guys are also shameless self promoters.

I always wanted to be a forest ranger, until I discovered so many others also wanted to be forest rangers every job had 1000 applicants with more than a few who would do the job for free.

I changed majors.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: tomanderson61, 9/26/2013 3:54:19 PM     (No. 9538253)

Ever hear the saying that the older you get, the smarter your dad was?

I always wanted to be a motion picture director. Went to UCLA. Worked part time in a computer store, which ironically, catered to alot of Hollywood writers and directors. I learned alot there.

You know the old story of the guy living with his family in a small Venice apartment, sells a screenplay, moves to Beverly Hills, and two years later is back in Venice and happy to have the apartment again? That kind of stuff is true. I wasn´t willing to live on the edge with no money for years hoping to "get in". So I got into computers in the golden era and never looked back.

My dad´s advice? Get a good job that pays, and do your art on the weekends. I followed his advice. I have done some professional business videos, but I have also done shorts, working on an industrial "sci-fi" short, and dabbled in film, video, soundtracks. My stuff has been seen all over the world, a bigger audience than I could have hoped for, thanks to the internet and video sharing.
I couldn´t be happier, and I never had to go a day without eating.


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Reply 9 - Posted by: jeffkinnh, 9/26/2013 4:43:48 PM     (No. 9538329)

Alina misses the point about entrepreneurship. You don´t have to go it alone. With her music efforts she sounds like she tried to do it all and had no time left for music. With writing, she connected with a publishing house that does a lot of the detail work for her and she provides the creative writing. Capitalism best works when others are brought into the effort. Steve Jobs could not have built Apple all by himself. AND that is the benefit to society of Capitalism as well. By including others, each to their specialty, they are employed and benefit as well. Many people in the publishing house are making a living by producing Alina´s books.

If you want time for Quiet Music you need to share your dreams with others and let them help.

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