Often touted as "Inside the Actors Studio for songwriters," JLSS is in fact a totally unique enterprise, based around the concept that good music with meaningful lyrics will ultimately build a community.
The US is alone in the world in maintaining a compulsory license for songs. The government forces songwriters to license their songs at a rate approved by the government and then has rather flimsy rules about how songwriters actually get paid.
Besides the incredible talent that the composers and lyricists of the 20th century had in common, they also, nearly every single one of them, were Jewish. These men (and they were ALL men) gave the United States musical theater unlike any it had never seen before.
Musicians have been waiting decades for an alternative which would allow musicians, pro and amateur to make their product, and make it with more ease and less hassle, headache and most importantly, less expenditure.
Emily believes in the power of intuition to guide her, adoring her inspirations, but not a slave to the rules of what must define a songwriter. I'm thrilled to share more about the world behind her story.
When Time reports on other iconic thieves, like Bernie Madoff, they most often take a victim's perspective. Why, then, do they always take the thieves' and looter's perspective when it comes to Internet piracy?
There are no books of Vic's lyrics (yet), and so I don't know if his work translates onto the page in the way that Dylan or Lou Reed's does not, but I feel safe in saying that Vic Chesnutt is one of my favorite poets.