I had a quick moment to speak with the ever-so-busy Clare Foley. It was hard to cut my list of 25+ questions down to under 10, but this girl is so worth it!
The fundamental question is one of fairness. Are artists being rightfully compensated for their contributions? And what about future artists? Will sufficient incentives exist for them to make music?
Those with a knowledge of New York and the history of its comedy scene will recognize Shonali Bhowmik immediately due to her rock 'n' roll sensibilities, her ties to some of the most innovative comedic acts, and of course her distinctly contagious laugh.
As if parenting wasn't hard enough, we have to deal with judgmental PTA moms, discontent in-laws and the opinions and jeers of total strangers. It just makes a mama want to shout, "Knock it off!" So... I did!
Taylor Swift's use of a "breakup" can provide both a symbolic lesson and a tool for many women around the world who are entrenched in traditional feminine roles that hold them down or keep them from moving forward.
Whatever qualms I had about Taylor have been shattered for good by her new album, 1989. The hesitant electro-synth beats on Red turn into a confidently pop album with a plethora of insanely catchy tracks, and I couldn't love it more.
I get it. You like Aphex Twin, Tourist, Gold Panda and Flying Lotus. These are names that people don't hear as often as say Taylor Swift and Beyonce, but don't act like you are above popular music. Enjoying less popular music does not make you smarter than everyone else. I'm not a genius, but I don't think intelligence works that way.
To spend more of our time trying to push people back to buying records is an exercise in futility. The smart ones will find a different way. Spotify could be that way, and if it isn't, it can definitely help transition us into a world where streaming is key, and CDs are just plastic circles.
Last week was a convenient window for Taylor Swift haters to come out. She pulled her songs from Spotify and now has the only debut album of 2014 to go platinum in one week. Is she a music creator advocate or a savvy business woman? Perhaps she is both.
People are protesting new businesses with regularity because it might cause noise, it might bring the wrong people. Seriously New York used to be made of all the wrong people. That is why we love it.
The 20th century was the only time in the history of music where some musicians got very well paid for their work. Those days are over. I am not an economist. One might say a folksinger is opposite of an economist, but I have a reasonable grasp on supply and demand economics.
The past six years have proven that Taylor and her music would always be there for me, whether I am having the best day of my life or the absolute worst.
As the father of a teenage girl, I'm familiar with the music of Taylor Swift. I never thought her music would help me qualify for Boston, but it did.
Swift leaving Spotify isn't bad, it's just silly. As an artist who is making a significant amount more money than the vast majority of her peers, her actions come off disingenuous.
She's creating the kind of easy and easy to love hits that get stuck in your head and literally never leave. She is making the music that even those who outsell her ten to one should be making, if they were smart.
In terms of working out, 128 BPM's dominance in pop music means that if you can find an exercise routine that approximates this pace, you'll never be short of new workout music. If you've already got fixed a routine, you can swap in any of the songs from that range and see how they fit.