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Quote of The Week

"I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet!"
—Mahatma Gandhi

Video of The Week
The Struts “Kiss This”

 I love their cocky confidence and their 80’s attitude. Reminds me of the good o’l Hollywood “hair band” days when Motley Crue, Poison, Skid Row, Warrant, Gun’s N’ Roses and Joan Jett ruled the Sunset Strip. The Struts are a British rock band formed in 2010 and currently signed to Virgin EMI. I must say that if these guys were around in the 80’s-90’s I would have put them on the cover of Music Connection in a minute!  This official video is their latest offering. Watch>>>


Book of The Week
LA Reid “Sing to Me”

 This #1 best selling book is currently on my Kindle, patiently waiting for me to dig in. Sing To Me is half music memoir and half personal story, candidly revealing what it takes to climb to the top of the mountain. Plus, it’s jam packed with photos, and illuminates Reid's passion for exceptional talent. It also reminds us that LA Reid is a multifaceted genius who continues to shape pop culture today. Read>>>


Cyber PR
The Musician’s Guide to Marketing Part 2

 There is a simple, intelligent marketing formula here that could work for any artist or entrepreneur. It’s deeply researched and well written. Part 1 & 2 are also available on this link. Read>>>


Fast Company
The Long-Term Effects Of Multitasking

 Man I am so guilty of this! I currently have so many projects on the table that I’m constantly moving from one to the other like a shark devouring everything in its path! This (too short), well-researched article reminded me once again of the value of “deep work.” I should write a blog about that! Read>>>


NPR
Earbud.FM - Guide to 200 Great Podcasts

 Here’s a list of nearly 250 podcast episodes handpicked by NPR listeners. Truth is, unless it’s someone like Mitch Joel, Seth Godin or Alec Baldwin, I’m just not a podcast guy...YET!  Perhaps this extensive, diverse list will help get me into listening more. Let me know if you find something worthy. Listen>>>


Rolling Stone
Bob Dylan’s Secret Archive

 Tulsa, Oklahoma, is about to become the center of the Bob Dylan universe. There have always been rumors about Dylan’s diaries and the rumors have turned out to be true. It’s recently been revealed that he did keep a private trove of his work, dating back to his earliest days as an artist, including lyrics, correspondence, recordings, films and photographs. That extraordinary archive has been acquired by a group of institutions in Oklahoma for an estimated $15- $20 million! The unique treasure is set to become a resource for academic study, and will soon be accessible to Dylan scholars all around the world. If you’re interested, there are two worthy articles about this: one in Rolling Stone, and one in the New York Times.


Ideas.TED.Com
Fear Is Boring, and Other Tips For Living a Creative Life

 In this inspiring article, Elizabeth Gilbert shares 11 ways to think intelligently about creativity.
She says: “That moment of smooth, easy grace where everything is going great—that is not the normal. That is the miracle that happens every once in a while if you’re lucky. The frustration, the hard part, the obstacles, the insecurities, the difficulties, the failures, the do-overs, that’s the creative process.” Read>>>







Quote of The Week

“Truth is the ultimate power. When the truth comes around, all the lies have to run and hide.” —Ice Cube

Video of The Week
Gaga/Warren “Till It Happens To You”

 This video is an intimate, candid performance by Lady Gaga, sitting at a piano with my o’l friend, songwriter Diane Warren holding the mic. This is Diane’s 8th Oscar nomination for “best song” and it could be her first win. Truth is, the Academy wants desperately to appear socially relevant this year, and I think for that reason Diane’s song has a big chance of winning.
Worthy because Diane Warren is a legendary songwriter who deserves to take home this year’s Oscar for best song. That alone should give you a good reason to watch this video and tune in to the awards. (Heads up: the video looks like it was shot on an iPhone!) Watch>>>


The Oscars
The Complete List of 2016 Oscar Nominees

 This is the complete, official list of nominees, which includes additional “clickable” information about each film. You can also print this list or download it as a PDF. Reminder: the 87th Academy Awards are on Sunday, Feb. 28. Start time is 5:30pm PST, 8:30pm EST. Chris Rock will host.
Worthy because this list will help you sound like you know what you’re talking about at tonight’s Oscar party Read>>>


Vanity Fair
How Randy Newman and His Family Have Shaped Movie Music for Generations

 Although he’s not nominated for anything this year, rock ‘n roll hall of famer Randy Newman has racked up 20 Oscar nominations and won twice.
Worthy because if you’re a fan, this is a lengthy, deep look into the world of the Newman family dynasty. Read>>>


Barking Up The Wrong Tree
The Art of Persuasion: NYPD Hostage Negotiators Reveal How To Persuade People

 Whether it's talking someone down off a ledge, or getting what you want in a business deal, this article provides a few proven insights into the art of persuasion.
Worthy because the information comes from a very credible source. Read>>>


VOX
How the Women of Hamilton Are Changing Broadway

 “By now you have heard of Hamilton, the musical that uses hip-hop to tell the story of its titular Founding Father. It premiered on Broadway in August to near-universal raves, and won a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album. (Creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda rapped his acceptance speech.) But depending on where you’ve been getting your Hamilton news, you may have heard a few different things about Eliza and Angelica Schuyler, Hamilton’s wife and sister-in-law, respectively, and the two most prominent female characters in the show.”
Worthy because what we are witnessing with Hamilton is breakthrough theater on many different levels, including writing, performing, music and social relevance. Read>>>


Vulture
It’s Stan Lee’s Universe

 He built Marvel Comics and laid the foundation for today’s blockbuster superhero movies—where he regularly does cameos in his films, including Spider-Man, the Hulk, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, X-Men, and many others.
Worhty because this article is a deep overview into the man, his work, and his amazing contribution to entertainment. Read>>>


Business Insider
When to Walk Away From an Argument

 Walking away from an argument is not giving up or giving in—it's about ending the dispute on your terms.
Worthy because although it’s a “middle-weight” article, it nevertheless provides a handful of insightful suggestions. Read>>>







Quote of The Week

“The secrete of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” —Socrates

Video of The Week
Grammy Awards Tribute to BB King “The Thrill is Gone”

 In case you missed it, Chris Stapleton and Gary Clark Jr. paid tribute to BB King. However, nothing could top the Grammy moment when the blues queen herself, Bonnie Raitt, slowly and confidently walked on to the stage from the behind wings and joined the boys, showing that she’s still relevant, beautiful, and legendary. Watch>>>


Wall Street Journal
Heavy Metal’s Weird Global Appeal

 Just published in the WSJ on 2/18/16, and written by the journal’s staff music reporter Neil Shah, this lengthy article (almost an op/ed) goes deep into the reasons why heavy metal music has lasted so long, traveled so far and appeals to so many.
Worthy because while the music’s heaviness doesn’t appeal to everyone, it bonds those who join the tribe and proves that “art is in the eye of the beholder.” It also proves that every genera of music has it’s devoted connoisseurs. Read>>>


Salon
Don Cheadle’s struggle to get “Miles Ahead” financed is Absurd

 It’s crazy when a major celebrity actor can’t get a movie made about a major Jazz legend, Miles Davis. Oscar-nominated actor Don Cheadle describes his decade-long struggle to make a biopic about jazz legend Miles Davis. He raised about $360,000 via crowdfunding, but that was clearly not enough. Although the article is way too short, it nevertheless raised my eyebrows and held my interest.
Worthy because this article reveals that the film only cleared the final financing hurdle when Don Cheadle agreed to write in a fictional “white” character, then cast Ewan McGregor to play the part. Read>>>


Wired
You’re Probably Listening to Spotify Wrong

 With so many options, so many recommendations, and so many choices, it’s hard to know where to start when you enter the world of Spotitfy. Here are 10-tips for becoming a power user.
Worthy because you realize that Spotify isn’t just for streaming. It’s smarter and more versatile than that, and this article focuses on some of the coolest perks of the service. Read>>>


New York Times
Every Minute Counts on the Way to Opening Night

 In one day, these NYT reporters spent an hour each with a dozen upcoming Broadway shows as they worked under stressful last minute details and looming deadlines. From the costume challenges to the first curtain call, here's how Broadway’s pros bring it all together at the last minute.
Worthy because we all experience that last minute panic leading up to our big release, launch, speech, or opening night. Read>>>


Vanity Fair
Michael Eisner Predicts the Future

 It’s a quick interview (13-questions). I like reading what the “greats” have to say about the future of the entertainment industry, and I’ve always thought Michael to be an intelligent, insightful industry great.
Worthy because Eisner gives a “knee-jerk” glimpse into where he thinks the industry is headed. Read>>>


Fader
The Apolitical Art of Alex Gardner

 A conversation with this young, super talented Los Angeles “street painter” who resists categorization (like we all do). The article is very short but the art lingers. Definitely a worthy read if you’re into really good original painting.
Worthy because the art and the artist both make an honest attempt to speak the truth. Plus, the article includes an unusual, 5-minute “freestyle” video/audio interview with the artist. Watch>>>


Barking Up The Wrong Tree
How To Manage Your Time: Backed By Research

 It’s a persisting challenge that plagues us all, especially artists & treps: how to manage our time between work, play and aimlessly cruising the Net. We’re so overwhelmed with distractions that we often wonder if we’re really getting anything done. Probably not.
Worthy because ineffective time management makes us miserable. And if these 5 tips can lend even a little insight, I think it’s helpful. Read>>>







Quote of The Week

"The best love is the kind that awakens the soul; that makes us reach for more, that plants the fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds. That’s what I hope to give you forever." —The Notebook

Song Of The Week
Lionel Richie “Stuck On You”

 No video, just one of the greatest male voices of our generation, singing the prefect Valentines Day ballad. Lionel was just honored last night as MusiCares 2016 Person of the Year. My o'l pal Neil Portnow, President & CEO of The Recording Academy, presented the award. Lionel wrote "Stuck on You" in 1984 as an attempt to win over a few country fans. Ultimately he won over fans from all over the world and across every genre of music. The song peaked at #3 on the Billboard charts. Listen>>>


Grammy.com
58th Annual Grammy Awards Nominees

 This is the complete, official list of nominees. You can filter by genre, artist, etc. You can also download this list as a PDF. Reminder: The Grammys will be aired on Monday February 15, on CBS at 8ET, 7CT 5PT. Read>>>


REDEF
Age of Abundance: How the Content Explosion will Invert the Media Industry

 This is an exclusive article as only REDEF can produce. It actually reminded me of my favorite Twilight Zone episode titled, “Time Enough At last.” The one where Mr. Henry Bemis (Burgess Meredith), sits joyfully in front of a bombed out library with all the books he could ever read, only to break his glasses and find himself unable to read any of them. Anyway, here’s the opening teaser to the article: “Over the past century, technological advancements have massively reduced the cost and time needed to create and circulate content. Though this has liberated artists, consumers are now drowning in a virtually infinite supply of things to watch, listen to and read.” (Don’t break your glasses!) Read>>>


Barking Up The Wrong Tree
How To Tell If Someone Is Lying: Backed by Research

 Telling lies is risky at best. You need to balance the truth with the lie and try not to get caught. That means your brain has to work overtime. Question is, is it worth the risk? Read>>>


Brainpickings
Alan Watts “The Wisdom Of Insecurity”

 One of my favorite writers, Maria Popova, offers this in-depth study of the British born, American philosopher, Alan Watts, who many agree his piercing intellect and razor-sharp wit, challenges us to explore new avenues of thinking, and inspires us to lead more fulfilling lives. In his best selling book The Wisdom Of Insecurity Watts argues, “the root of our human frustration and daily anxiety is our tendency to live for the future, which is at best an abstraction.” Read>>>


Vogue 
5 Recipes Every 20-Something Should Know How to Cook

 I don’t care what the title of this Vogue article says, the preparation of food is a timeless, ageless, love-fest! If you don’t believe me you haven’t seen Kim Basinger & Mickey Rourke in 9 ½ Weeks! Impressing your lover on Valentines Day should not include ordering in! Here’s a few recipes to spark a sensational V-Day. Read>>>







Quote of The Week

“People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society.” —Vince Lombardi

Video of The Week
PJ Harvey “The Wheel”

 Dave Grohl once asked British singer PJ Harvey to join the remaining Nirvana members on stage to replace Kurt Cobain. She never answered, however he says it’s an ongoing conversation. Her new promo video, "The Wheel" (co-created with her longtime collaborator, the Irish cinematographer Seamus Murphy), gets its name from a recurring image in the video: a rundown fairground wheel with chairs hanging from rusty chains. Watch>>>


REDEF
Ride or Die: A Deep Look At The Music Business

 “There is no art form more widely enjoyed by the human race than music. It’s a staple in our minds, hearts and ears, and for many decades it was a cash machine. Then came the internet.” This is a lengthy, well researched article, written by the brilliant Jason Hirschhorn, CEO, REDEF.com. Read>>>


The Atlantic
The Remarkable Influence of David Lynch

 Capturing Lynch’s puzzle-box structure is a feat most filmmakers have wisely chosen to stay away from. That said, this article goes behind the camera to capture the unique essence of this creative genius. Read>>>


Fast Company
Shutting Up Your Inner Critic

 This short, concise article suggests four tips for quieting the beast between your ears. Although it’s a worthy read indeed, the one method they left out is the one I’ve used every day for the past 30-years, “meditation.” Read>>>


Wired
How a 3-D Printer May Change the Outcome of the Super Bowl

 Want to impress your friends at the Super Bowl party? Tell them this story: The Panthers need Thomas Davis in the Super Bowl. Problem is, he has a broken arm. However, a tech company in Utah, developed a unique brace/cast for his broken arm which they “printed” on a 3-D printer. Problem is, no one really knows how this will play out on the field because it has never been done before. It could result in further injury to Davis, or a win for the Panthers. This short article explains how this innovative brace technology works. Read>>>







Quote of The Week

“This is the other secret that real artists know and wannabes don’t. When we sit down each day and do our work, the Muse takes note of our dedication. She approves. We have earned favor in her sight. When we sit down and work, we become like a magnetized rod that attracts iron filings. Ideas come. Insights accrete.”
—Steven Pressfield, The War of Art.

Video of The Week
Jackson Browne “The Long Way Around”

 In 1985, on behalf of Music Connection magazine, we presented Jackson Browne with a lifetime achievement award. Here he is 30 years later on The Late Show with Steven Colbert, performing his new song “The Long Way Around.” His body may be aging but his music is timeless. I’d be honored to hand him a second lifetime achievement award. Watch>>>


Fader
Why Does Everybody Want To Sound Like Sia?

 It’s not the intensity of Sia’s voice, it’s the abandon in the way she sings that puts emotion over perfection. Kinda like what Warhol did with soup (if that makes sense). Read>>>


Documentary
Tower Records — All Things Must Pass

 You must have heard about this doc by now. The closing of one of the most beloved record store chains in the country. If you haven’t seen it, you must. For musicians, it’s a history lesson. For business owners it’s a wake up call. For anyone over the age of 40 it’s a teary stroll down memory lane. I’ve seen it twice: The first time for the memories of being a regular customer at the Sunset blvd. store, where I once saw Ringo and twice saw Elton. The second because of the exponential way technology is disrupting billion dollar corporations. I love the disruption of greedy industries. However, it saddens me to see the good ones go down. BTW, this movie is available to rent on iTunes, OnDemand, Hulu, etc. Watch>>>


Bothsides
The Loneliness of Success that Nobody Talks About

 This is a short but poignant article. I’ve been reading Mark Susters blog for sometime now. He’s a venture capitalist and talks mostly about his experiences investing in tech startups. However, sometimes he rolls those conversations into real life situations. That’s when I perk up. This is such an article. Read>>>


Strategy + Business
The Mindful Board

 This is a deeply researched, well written article that could easily be called the mindful partnership, the mindful band, or the mindful collaboration. Truth is, behind the veneer of a corporate board of directors, what this great article is really about is “mindful” relationships. This is a worthy read not only for creative, forward thinking entrepreneurs, but also for anyone who works within a group. A worthy read indeed. Read>>>







Quote of The Week

“You don't know what's going on unless you're in the room.”
—From the Broadway play Hamilton.

Video of The Week
Chic Corea with Christian McBride

 This song takes off like a rocket at the 3-minute mark. Before that, the video opens with genius bassist Christian McBride performing a jaw-dropping solo. Plus, that’s 85-year old jazz drummer Roy Haynes skillfully banging away on the skins, with the mind-blowing Kenny Garrett on sax. I suggest you hang in there for the entire 18-minute song. Watching these world-class musicians work together is truly humbling. Watch>>>


Fast Company
How an All-Female Improv Group Branded Their Way To a Network TV Show

 A year into performing together, this all girl comedy troupe launched a steady stream of videos and watched their popularity grow. After that, they decided to create a regular “web series” and the rest is history. The Katydids now have their own TV show, Teachers on TV Land, and a pilot deal at NBC. Read>>>


The Atlantic
The Death of the Artist—and the Birth of the Creative Entrepreneur

 One of my readers, Kevin Saunders Hayes, sent me this deep, well-written article about the morphing of the artist/entrepreneur, and the fundamental relationship between creator and customer (with creators now handling nearly every aspect of the transaction). Something you and I kick around constantly. Read>>>


Los Angeles Times
The Man Who's Taking On Spotify And Other Streaming Services

 Melissa Ferrick's 150 songs have played about a million times on Spotify. But the 45-year-old independent artist says that Spotify has shortchanged her. So she asked Jeff Price for his help. I’ve met Jeff Price and he’s not an attorney. But that doesn’t matter. He’s the founder of TuneCore (a digital distribution company), the CEO of Audiam (a royalty collection agency), and an advocate for songwriters making their faire share of profits from their art. Read>>>


Conversation Agent
The Art and Science of Remembering Everything

 We've forgotten to remember. Cognitive science has taught us that learning to retain information is easy, but that remembering to remember is hard. This is another great blog from marketing genius Valeria Maltoni. Read>>>







Quote of The Week

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” —Martin Luther King, Jr.

Shameless Plug 

My awesome sister, Julie Dolan, is the official voice of “Princess Leia” for Disney / Lucas Films' hit TV show, Star Wars Rebels. She has also voiced the Princess in Star Tours - The Adventure Continues at Disneyland and Tokyo Disneyland, and in the video games Star Wars Uprising and The Force Awakens. Princess Leia makes her debut this Wednesday night, January 20th on Star Wars Rebels at 9 pm on Disney XD Channel. Here’s Julie’s Website and Facebook page. Please send her some love...


Song of The Week
The Savages “Adore”

 The new Savages album Adore Life, will be out January 22, 2016. Lead singer Jehnny Beth sings the title song “Adore” the same way I think a young Sinéad O’Connor would—cocky, confident, and straight from the soul. The song asks a big question: “in this mixed-up world, is it ok to simply feel bliss and adore life?” Watch>>>


Entrepreneur
More Than 3 Billion People Will Be Digitally Connected By 2020. Are You Ready?

 In only five years, three to five BILLION consumers who have never used the Internet before will come online and begin accessing information, sharing photos, making purchases, using digital services and more. Question is, what if just 1% of them wanted to buy your product, listen to your music, watch your video, read your book, or send you money? Could you handle that? Read>>>


MusicAlly
20 Music/Tech Startups to Watch in 2016

 There’s a lot of reason for optimism in the music biz right now. And a few of these innovative, tech/music startups have the potential to really make a difference in the industry. That is, if they can whoo investors and survive the rest of this year. Read>>>


Hollywood Reporter
HBO's 'Vinyl' Unveils a Unique Weekly Soundtrack Marketing Plan

 Vinyl, the highly anticipated new HBO series from executive producers Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger and Terence Winter bows on Feb. 14. Atlantic Records and Warner Bros. Records will immediately release Vinyl: Music From the HBO Original Series - Volume 1. Thereafter, the music will keep coming weekly throughout the show’s 10-episode run. Read>>>


IndieWire
Brett Ratner on Why He Makes Big Movies and His Advice to First-Time Filmmakers

 He’s the producer of the 2016 Oscar nominee for Best Picture, The Revenant. Needless to say this is a (fairly) in-depth interview where Brett shares a handful of worthy gems. Read>>>


Washington Post
Wikipedia just turned 15 years old. Will it survive 15 more?

 I know, it feels like it’s been around forever, right? We all use it. All 25 million of us. However, the truth is, it’s just another company like any other, with employees, investors, expenses, law suits, and a staff who work hard every day to keep us informed and sounding smart—especially at cocktail parties. But will this much loved startup last another 15 years? This worthy article sheds some light. Read>>>







Thought of The Week

“There's no such thing as a niche that's too small if the people care enough. If you think you need a bigger market, you're actually saying that the market you already have doesn't care enough or talk about you enough. You might not need a bigger niche. You might only need to produce more value for those you already serve.” —Seth Godin

Video of The Week
Fall Out Boy “Irresistible”

 Just published on 1/5/16. Very cool FOB video—high energy, great lyrics, and creative photog effects. It was directed by Wayne Isham, the director who did the original NSYNC video and features Demi Lovato and special cameos by Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick. Watch>>>



Nova Southeastern University
How Spotify Pays (or Doesn’t Pay) Songwriters

 The problem isn’t that Spotify doesn’t want to pay the money, the problem is they don’t know who wrote the song, or how to find the right person to pay. Spotify says “the industry needs to come together and develop an approach to publishing rights based on transparency and accountability.” Read>>>


NPR Podcast
Shawn Colvin: The Value of Cover Songs

 In this 6-minute NPR Podcast, Shawn talks about the importance of doing covers. Listen>>>


The Atlantic
All Stories Are the Same

 From Avatar to The Wizard of Oz, Aristotle to Shakespeare, there’s one clear form that dramatic storytelling has followed since its inception. Every writer should read this worthy article. Read>>>


Reelse
YouTube's CES Keynote: 4 Reasons Why Video Will Win the Decade

I love the annual CES show, even more than NAMM. Huh? Robert Kyncl, the Chief Business Officer at YouTube, gave a great keynote speech this past Thursday. If your at all interested in the state of video (marketing), you’ll want to make the time to watch all 57 minutes and 36 seconds of Robert’s keynote speech. Watch>>>


Fast Company
How Adobe Is Reimaging Photoshop For The Mobile Era

If you don’t use Adobe products just skip this article. However, if you’re like me, not a day goes by when I don’t use Photoshop, InDesign, or Illustrator. My publishing company MCI. switched from PageMaker to Indesign in 1995 and never looked back. Consequently I’ve been a Photoshop geek since then. However, this article raised my eyebrows as it looks to the mobile future of this popular company. Read>>>







Quote of The Week

“The only thing standing between you and your goal is the pathetic story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.” —Jordon Belfort, The Wolf Of Wall Street

Video of The Week
Jessie J - Live From Times Square New York 2016

I can’t get this stupid song out of my head! However, this was one of my favorite performances at the new years eve celebration, on the Time Square center stage, in New York City. Although the song itself has a lightweight hook, I think Jessie’s vocal performance was off the charts—reminded me of Joss Stone (who I miss). Watch>>>


Fast Company
How Streaming Music Will Change In 2016

 2015 was a transformative year for online music. So what's next? According to this article it’s all good news for songwriters, musicians and fans. I agree! Read>>>


Charlie Rose
Exclusive Interview With George Lucas

 A fascinating, compelling, hour long interview with this creative, genius billionaire. There are a lot of worthy insights here. Watch>>>


Conversation Agent 
Lessons on How to Create Constructively

I’ve been reading marketing expert Valeria Maltoni’s blogs for years. She’s super smart when it comes to marketing and her blog consistently reflects that. I really enjoyed this one in particular because she reprinted experts from a commencement speech by Bill Watterson, the creator of Calvin & Hobbes, the nationally syndicated daily comic strip. Watterson shares a few hard-earned lessons about creativity, finding your voice, and loving the work. It’s an easy to read, worthy article. Read>>>


NPR
A Rational Conversation: Jack White's Third Man Records Returns To Detroit

 Third Man Records, the company owned by Jack White, recently opened a new outpost in Detroit's Cass Corridor. A key component of this location will be the forthcoming Third Man Vinyl Pressing Plant, where it will use eight brand new presses to help alleviate what Jack says is a worldwide gridlock of music waiting to be pressed. Read>>>


Barking Up The Wrong Tree
How To Focus: 5 Research-Backed Secrets To Concentration

 Why do so many people talk about memory loss and joke about having ADD? According to this well written blog, there’s a very good reason. Read>>>







Quote of The Week

"Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life -- think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success." —Swami Vivekananda

Song of The Week
Joni Mitchell “The River”

 One of my top ten favorite Christmas Songs, by one of my all time favorite artists. Listen>>>


BMI Interview
Composer John Williams: Scoring Star Wars, Working With J.J. Abrams, and Advice For All Composers.

The most recognized and decorated living composer of film music in modern history, Williams’ has written many of the most celebrated and best-loved scores ever, including Jaws, Indiana Jones, Close Encounters, Superman, Schindler’s List, and the first three Harry Potter films. Read>>>


Medium Cuepoint
My Indie Hip-Hop Hustle By Talib Kweli

 Talib Kweli earned recognition through his work with fellow Brooklyn-bred rapper Mos Def, in the east coast hip hop group Black Star. Kweli has certainly put in his 10,000 hours in the music industry, and has plenty to say in this worthy article. Read>>>


NPR Podcast
44-Minute Talk With Jennifer Lawrence, The Highest Paid Actress In Hollywood.

 She’s currently starring in two major films: Hunger Games and Joy. I’m drawn to her authenticity, her acting talent, her powerful voice in the industry, plus, her jaw-dropping, rocket rise to stardom. Listen>>>


Ted Talk
How To Stay Calm When You Know You'll Be Stressed

 Neuroscientist, musician Daniel Levitin shows us a way to avoid making critical mistakes in stressful situations, or when your thinking becomes clouded. This is a worthy 12-minute talk. Watch>>>


New York Times
Streaming TV Isn’t Just a New Way to 
Watch. It’s a New Genre.

 Those original series that Netflix, Amazon, etc. release all at once, in full seasons—are more than simply TV series as we’ve known them. They’re becoming a distinct genre all their own. This is yet another worthy article about the future of television. Read>>>







Quote of The Week

“Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level.” ―George Carlin

Song of The Week
John Lennon's 75th Birthday Concert

 There were so many awesome performances at last night’s tribute to John Lennon’s 75th Birthday, on the AMC network. One of my favorites was a beautiful, soulful interpretation of Lennon’s classic, "Watching the Wheels," by Aloe Blacc. Watch>>>


Priceonomics
The Inventor of Auto-Tune

 This is a long, in-depth story about a fascinating guy named Andy Hildebrand, who was a genius engineer working for Exxon, and then by chance, invented the most controversial software the music industry has ever known. “Auto-Tune” is a pitch correction software that allows anyone to sing in perfect tune, every time. It’s controversial because many critics believe it falsely presents someone as a better singer than they really are. In fact, Time Magazine declared it “one of the 50 worst inventions of the 20th century.” Huh? More>>>


Billboard
16 Top Throat Doctors Who've Saved the Voices of Our Favorite Superstars

 These 16 physicians sing out about the physical challenges of singing, and offer some worthy tips. If you speak or sing for your supper you should check out this article. More>>>


Howard Stern
Tina Fey Interview

 Tina first joined SNL in 1997 as a writer, later becoming head writer, and then a performer. I’m not a fan of her movies, but I liked her very much on SNL. This is a typical, all-embracing Howard Stern interview. Listen>>>


INC.
7 Powerful Words That Instantly Get You What You Want

 I wish it were that easy. However according to CEO Lolly Daskel, “There are words and then there are “powerful” words, and if you use the right words, you can get just about anything you want.” Before you scoff, read the article. More>>>


Here’s The Thing
Alec Baldwin Interviews Jimmy Fallon

 Since Dave’s departure, I personally prefer Fallon over every other talk show host —by far! This is a 35 minute podcast where Baldwin digs deep into the mind of The Tonight Show’s super talented host. Listen>>>


Vox
Why Your Cable Bill is so High

The most common misconception about how cable bundling works is that the massive amount of money you pay is for a huge number of channels you never watch. It’s truly a win/lose scenario. More>>>







Quote of The Week
Happy 100th Birthday Frank Sinatra!

“People often remark that I'm pretty lucky. Luck is only important in so far as getting the chance to sell your self at the right moment. After that, you've got to have talent and know how to use it.” —Frank Sinatra, December 12, 1915—May 14, 1988

Video of The Week
Eliot Sumner “Dead Arms & Dead Legs”

 In case you’re unaware, Eliot is the 25 yr. old daughter of Sting and Trudie Styler. It’s fun to watch the offspring of superstars reach for their own brass ring. However, it’s been said so many times before, that once you get past the hoopla it’s all about the song. And although this song never broke through (released in May, 2015), it does show that Eliot is a true “chip off the o’l block.” Check out her video>>>


Broadcast Law Blog
Beware of Using Unauthorized Photos on Your Website!

 Here’s a heads up from attorney David Oxenford who represents broadcasting and digital media companies in connection with regulatory, transactional and intellectual property issues. In his recent blog, David reminds us to use extra caution when uploading any unauthorized photos or text to our websites and blogs. More>>>


Charlie Rose
Ron Howard on his latest film: "In the Heart of the Sea."

 I’m a big fan of both of these guys. Put them together and you have a compelling 25-minute interview. Although much of the film was shot in the ocean, truth is, Ron Howard says he has a long-time fear of the ocean. He said it was the most challenging movie he ever made. Watch>>>


Priceonomics
How Many People Take Credit for Writing a Hit Song?

 There’s been a shift in the songwriting world: Prior to the 1990s, the percentage of Billboard Hot 100 songs with 4 or more writers was never greater than 10% in a given year. By 2001, this number was consistently over 25%. This article is loaded with graphs and charts that shows “collaboration” is on the rise. More>>>


Lifehack
10 Things Entrepreneurial People Do Differently

 This article is really all about you and me! The former CEO of Visa says, “the problem is never how to get new ideas into your head, but how to get the old ones out.” More>>>


New York Times
Anatomy of a Scene “The Big Short”

 Fascinating insights from Director Adam McKay, as he breaks down a scene from his current picture The Big Short. (4-minute video) Watch>>>







Quote of The Week

“You will know the good from the bad when you are calm and at peace. A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defense, never for attack.” –Yoda

Song Of The Week
Van Morrison “Stranded”

 I was feeling a bit stranded, stalled for a brief moment at that familiar crossroads of doubt & uncertainty. And just then Van Morrison reached out and reminded me that everything’s going to be ok. No visuals here, it’s the music that goes straight to your bones. Just click the link and let Van sweetly sooth your troubled soul. Listen>>>


HubSpot
12 Critical Elements Every Website Homepage Must Have [Infographic]

 If you’re considering a website redesign or if you’ve been wondering how to generate more leads from your website, it's a good idea to start with your homepage. More>>>


Medium
Here Comes The Golden Age of Music

 This short, provocative “opinion” piece was written by Willard Ahdritz, the founder and CEO of Kobalt, an independent rights management and publishing company. Willard says, “We are so close to the golden age of music…but we’re not there yet.” I tend to agree with him. More>>>


Indie Wire
Here's How This Director Used 3D Technology to Bring Marlon Brando to Life

 In his recent documentary Listen to Me Marlon, filmmaker Stevan Riley unveils the true soul of Marlon Brando using archival audio and 3D technology. Indiewire recently spoke to Riley, who wrote, edited and directed the film, which premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival. More>>>


Tiny Buddha
10 Things To Ask Yourself Before Giving Up On Your Dream

Before you toss in the towel, read this article. More>>>


New York Times
Addicted to Distraction

“The net is designed to be an interruption system, a machine geared to dividing attention,” Nicholas Carr explains in his book The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains. “We willingly accept the loss of concentration and focus, the division of our attention and the fragmentation of our thoughts, in return for the wealth of compelling or at least diverting information we receive.” More>>>







Quote of The Week

“Resistance can be beaten by turning pro. A pro commits full time to doing the work; no mater how much resistance there is.” —Steven Pressfield

Video of The Week
M.I.A. "Borders"

 In this very impressive, self-directed video (released on Thanksgiving day), this 40-year-old rapper takes the journey of a migrant as she performs in front of refugees who are climbing barbed wire fences and crammed next to each other on boats. Watch>>>


American Masters
Jimi Hendrix: "Hear My Train A Coming”

 In honor of Jimi Hendrix’ 73rd birthday (November 27, 1942), here’s the full 90-minute director’s cut of the Emmy winning film that documents his life. My intention was to just chip away at it, sort of “piece-meal.” But I got hooked, and gobbled up every frame of this flick, along with a leftover “Tofurky” sandwich. Yummy! Watch>>>


Quartz
The Revolutionary Idea That Being Rich Isn’t The Point, Having “Enough” Is!

 A few years ago, comedian Louis C.K. posted his comedy special for a ‘drastically low price’ of $5 on his website. In 12 hours, Louis earned $250,000. After 12 days, sales topped $1 million. This short but potent article suggests that if you believe that money is “fuel,” rather than something to be hoarded, you can create the potential for an even bigger return. More>>>


Hollywood Reporter
5 Film Composers Discuss; Anxiety, Demanding Directors and Getting the Best Sound

 This “roundtable discussion” is so insightful, informative, and interesting, it left me wanting more. But that’s what happens with short, to-the-point, trade mag articles. Definitely a worthy read. More>>>


British Vogue
Alexa Chung's “Future Of Fashion”

 If you don’t think the fashion industry is deeply embedded in the entertainment industry you must still be wearing “Angles Flight.” This is an hour long documentary about today’s fashion industry from the inside out. It was written, produced, directed and narrated by Alexa Chung, an English fashion model, television presenter, and contributing editor at British Vogue. The film is guided by questions from the viewing public from all over the world. The mix of contributors ranges from psychologists to trend forecasters, from the old guard to the vanguard and includes some of the biggest names in fashion, both in the limelight and behind-the-scenes. Watch>>>


Scope
The Largest Art Fair in the World

 SCOPE is the largest art fair in the world, which showcases international emerging contemporary art and multi-disciplinary creative artists. The show takes place in Miami, Florida on December 1-6, 2015. Unfortunately I will not be there. However if you’re in the area, and you love great art, you should definitely check out this event. And be sure to visit my friend Daniel Miller, who owns The Duncan Miller Gallery in Los Angeles. He’s in booth # B-18. More>>>







Quote of The Week

“No more yes. It’s either HELL YEAH! or no.” — Derek Sivers

Video of The Week
Stolen Jars - Waves

 Here’s a new piece of art from an eclectic artist, Stolen Jars. The band is the brainchild of Cody Fitzgerald and Molly Grund. Hang in there until 1:55 and you’ll hear a “prog rock” influence—with a few unusual time signatures tossed in for good measure. The video also has a nice storyline. Watch>>>


DIY Musician
How An Indie Artist Earned $56k From One Song On Spotify

 As streaming begins to rapidly replace CD and download sales, antiquated music execs and frustrated music makers continue to resist the inevitable. However, songwriter Perrin Lamb is an example of a growing class of musicians who are reaping some substantial wages from the new world of streaming. More>>>


Wired
You won’t live to see the final Star Wars movie

 The force will be with us forever, that’s if the people at Disney have anything to say about it. This is a well researched, in depth article about going forward into the future with this extraordinary, billion dollar franchise. More>>>


New York Times
The Women of Hollywood Speak Out

 At least 60 of the very “cream of the top” female executives and filmmakers in Hollywood are getting restless, and rightly so. A huge disruption is taking place in the male dominated biz. It’s been proven time and again that movies written, directed or produced by women can make a huge profit. And women like the Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, the ABC powerhouse Shonda Rhimes and the Universal Pictures chairwoman Donna Langley are minting money. But Hollywood continues to treat those successes as anomalies. This is one of the most insightful articles I’ve read on this subject. More>>>


Fast Company
The Way We Experience Art Is Changing

 “The expert is dead—long live the creator and the curator.” This article reminds us that before the Internet, consumers were expected to take for gospel what was handed to them on the radio, in magazines and on TV—that type of curation happened behind closed doors. Today, that has all changed. (Be sure to watch the slide show and the videos.) More>>>


Business Week
4 Types Of Habits That Will Keep You From Getting Rich

 Seems obvious to me but I guess not so obvious to others. It’s a short pithy read. More>>>







Quote of The Week

“The journey to legend begins the moment our bias for ease and comfort is overpowered by our drive for challenge and contribution.” — Brandon Burchard

Video of The Week
Alanis Morissette “Hand in My Pocket”

 She’s one of my all time favorite artists EVER! And 20 years later she flawlessly performs a very slow acoustic version of “Hand in My Pocket” on The Tonight Show this past Tuesday. I’ve linked this video to her website because the YouTube version is crummy. Watch>>>
BONUS: Alanis is celebrating the 20th anniversary of her monster album Jagged Little Pill with a box set, and a slew of media interviews: The Howard Stern interview is chopped up and sensationalized. The Jimmy Fallon one is very funny. The Today Show is short and pithy. However as far as I’m concerned when Alanis appeared on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday a few months back that was the most interesting and revealing interview of all. That video is also linked to her website. Watch>>>


Variety
Big Machine and Scott Borchetta Eye the World Beyond Music

 Scott Borchetta is an American businessman best known for founding Big Machine Records and for discovering singer-songwriter Taylor Swift. However his reach and influence reaches much farther than the "Swift camp." More>>>


Vulture
100 Women Directors Hollywood Should Be Hiring

This is a humbling, impressive list of top female directors. Why they have such difficulty getting their projects financed is more than a mystery, it’s truly a shame. More>>>


Spin
Holding Out for a Guitar Hero: The Uncertain Future of the Six-String Guitar

 Spin reports that in 2015, old-school rock has hardly disappeared, but its mainstream impact has dulled. The only proper rock bands with top ten hits on Billboard’s Hot 100 this year are Walk the Moon and Maroon 5 — both of whom are more reliant on synths and high-budget production flourishes than roaring guitar riffs at this point in their careers. More>>>


Fast Company
How Making A Movie Is Like Launching A Startup

 “We were in the midst of a tight three-week shoot for Beatbox, an independent feature film that takes place in the percussive world of beatboxing. In development for six years, the film, written and directed by first-time feature filmmaker Andrew Dresher, was shot entirely in Brooklyn with a diverse cast that reflects the global melting pot of the beatbox demographic.” More


Business Insider
The "Internet Of Things" 2015 Report: Examining how the IoT will affect the world

 You should be very aware of “The Internet of Things” by now. I’ve written about it in the past, however it’s becoming a very real conversation now. Don’t worry, IoT is a good thing. In a nutshell, everything we touch, play with, work with or use, that “plugs in” or that has an on/off switch is quickly headed to the Internet. Everything! This article explains how the  “Internet of Things” will affect the world better than any other I have read. More>>>







Quote of The Week

“The secret is not to give up hope. It's very hard not to because if you're really doing something worthwhile I think you will be pushed to the brink of hopelessness before you come through the other side.” —George Lucas

Video of The Week
Bohemian Rhapsody at Forty: Inside The Rhapsody

 The song is 40-years old this month. Yikes! “Inside The Rhapsody” is a 44-minute documentary discussing the making and history of Queen’s mega-hit single Bohemian Rhapsody. The video features Roger Taylor, Brian May, plus Queen studio engineer Justin Shirley Smith. More>>>


Book of The Week
“M Train” by Patti Smith

 The best review I’ve found on this book is a lengthy “BrainPickings” essay by Maria Popova, where we not only get a deep look at M Train we also get an even deeper insight into the artist/poet/musician herself, Patti Smith. Mixing despair with hope and consolation, and illustrated with her signature Polaroids, M Train is a powerful, deeply moving book by one of the most remarkable multi-platform artists at work today. More>>>


Restaurant(s) of The Week
5 Medieval-style ‘Game of Thrones’ Restaurants in Europe

 If you live in Europe or you’re planning a visit, check out these 5-gastronomic adventures. The awesome wife and I have enjoyed the culinary delights at #4, L’Ecurie in Paris. Of course being a 25-year vegetarian, I ordered the “American Cobb Salad” with a baguette, along with a lovely glass of local Chardonnay...yummy! More>>>


Medium/Cuepoint
The Art of Selling Out

What kind of money can you expect to make from licensing your music to the world of pop culture—and is it really worth it? It turns out there are many different tiers to music licensing, which (no surprise) all boil down to how you play the game. More>>>


Vanity Fair Video
Jony Ive, J.J. Abrams, and Brian Grazer On “Inventing New Worlds In A Changing One"

This is a great informative, enlightening conversation between three of the most creative people of our time; Apple’s chief design officer Jony Ive; Star Wars director J.J. Abrams; and moderated by Academy Award–winning producer Brian Grazer. It’s an hour long video and worth every second! More>>>


Fast Company
How To Make a Funny Video—From The Guy who writes SNL's Best Videos

With unforgettable, high-concept videos like The Jay-Z Story and Monster Pals in recent seasons, Mike O'Brien likely hasn't spent much time being embarrassed lately. However, like everyone else on the venerable show, he still has to deal with the heartache of having ideas he fully believes in die anywhere between Tuesday's pitch meeting and Saturday's dress rehearsal. More>>>


Wired
Apple Showcases its VR Dreams—With a U2 Video

The app that Apple is using for this specific experience is called Vrse and is available for download on the App Store, the Google Play Store, the Gear VR Store and through the Google Cardboard app. The app primarily is focused on creating viewing experiences for third-party content partners, which previously has included The New York Times, Vice News, NBC and others. Plus, You don’t have to have a headset to watch the video. There’s an option that allows users to watch the video full screen and move the device around to change perspectives. More>>>







Quote of The Week

“Stay afraid but do it anyway. What’s important is the action. You don’t have to wait to be confident. Just do it and eventually the confidence will follow.” —Carrie Fisher

Video of The Week
Adele “Hello”

 I like the song much better than the video (even though the video was directed by ‘Xavier Dolan”). This concept video is such a distraction—it pulls focus from the great lyrics and her performance as a singer. That said, it’s nice to have Adele back with a great song co-written with Greg Kurstin, who also produced the record. “Hello” was issued by XL Recordings as the album's lead single on October 23, 2015. The album, titled "25" will be released on Nov. 20. Watch>>>


Billboard
List of 25 Top Digital Power Players

 You should at least know who these folks are: The 25 tech-execs leading the entertainment industry into its brave new cloud-based world. More>>>


Howard Stern
Bradley Cooper Interview

 An insightful series of interviews with this super talented actor. More>>>


Brain Pickings
Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives

 One of my favorite writers, Maria Popova, posted this very worthwhile essay on her website that  explains in detail, how to fine-tune the internal monologue that scores every aspect of our lives, from leadership to love. More>>>


Medium
Imagine Dragons Cares about the Refugee Crisis

 Written by Dragons front man Dan Reynolds, this is an intelligent essay that speaks to the humanity in all of us who want to help. The band has introduced the “One4” project to support relief efforts. More>>>







Quote of the Week

“Man, I just feel blessed...I was in a situation where the only way I could come out of it was by putting my faith in God. No matter how good my lawyers were, no matter how much celebrity I had, no matter how much money I had, everything was just stacked up against me.” —Sean Combs

Video of the Week
Tiny Desk Concert: Lianne La Havas

 La Havas is soulful, playful, raw and vulnerable in a commanding kind of way. In this “Tiny Desk Concert” she plays two new songs — "What You Don't Do" and "Unstoppable" More>>>


HuffPO
Opinion: Steven Tyler—“Politicians Need to Respect Artists Copyrights!”

 This is an intelligent letter written by Steven Tyler and published by the Huffington Post. “We have so many laws in America that control how we get paid for our music. The laws need to change!” More>>>


Lenny
Opinion: Jennifer Lawrence—“Why Do I Make Less Than My Male Co‑Stars?”

 This is an intelligent letter written by Jennifer Lawrence where she explains that after the Sony hack—which revealed documents showing she had earned significantly less than her male co-stars Jeremy Renner, Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper—she didn't get mad at the studio. "I got mad at myself," Lawrence wrote. "I failed as a negotiator because I gave up early." More>>>


FXguide
Life on Mars: The VFX of The Martian

 Doesn’t matter if you liked the movie, hated the move or haven’t see the movie, it’s the effects that make this movie. If you’re into the technology behind the creative process (like me) than your going to love this extremely in-depth expose on all the VFX used in the film along with many great photos, videos and deep explanations on how they convinced us that Matt Damon was really stuck on mars. Again, if you’re into such things, this is a very worthy read. More>>>


Business Insider
20 Easy Steps to Become a Millionaire

 Given you’re one of my readers you’re probably already a multi-millionaire, right? However, just in case you’re still reaching for the brass ring here’s a few tips to help extend your reach. Most of these insights are obvious, some of them are good wake-up calls, while others may not apply at all. You be the judge. More>>>


The Atlantic
If You’re Not Paranoid, You’re Crazy!

 A reader sent me this and it puled me in. It's written in “first person” and reads like a novel. This is a lengthy, well-researched, well-written story about living life in our crazy, mixed up “tech world.” If you need a break from the showbiz hoopla, start reading this story—if it pulls you in, great. If it doesn’t, that’s great too. More>>>







Quote of The Week

“My role in society, or any artist's or poet's role, is to try and express what we all feel inside. Not to tell people how to feel.” Happy Birthday John Lennon, October 9, 1940.

Video of The Week
Demi Lovato “Stone Cold”

 This is a track off the new album “Confident” with a release date of 10/15/15. Take your socks off for this one, because if you don’t Demi’s going to knock them off for you! This simple piano accompaniment allows Demi’s extraordinary vocal performance to rise to new heights. (I think her voice keeps getting stronger with each new record—lessons perhaps?) The title track for the new album is called “Confidence,” and while that song is great and the lyrics are superb, I didn’t care for the promo video at all. Looks too much like the kind of knock-off police TV shows I that resist. That’s why I chose this video. Doesn’t matter if you’re a fan of hers or not, I think you’re going to enjoy this performance. Watch>>>


Book of the Week
Tom Petty: The Biography

 Release date says 11/15/15 but advanced review copies when out last month:)
Why do we have such a hard time believing that “super-rich-superstars” are human beings who get depressed and do stupid things? In Tom’s case very stupid. I’m a big fan of Tom Petty and I thought I knew just about everything there was to know. Like that time I put him on the cover of MC with the condition that he personally approve the cover pic. That may have upset Billboard at the time but I really could care less. I wasn’t just the publisher of the magazine; I was also a big fan. This biography reveals the deep, personal stuff like no other bio I’ve read in a long time. Why? Because it’s written by Warren Zanes, rocker, author and friend to Petty, since the days he opened for him as “The Del Fuegos.” It’s an exhilarating and intimate account of the life of a music legend, written by an accomplished author and musician who toured with him,
* Here’s a link to a Washington Post interview with Warren Zane.
* Here’s more about the book.


Vanity Fair
Rihanna—Cover Story

 As the 27-year-old readies her long-awaited new album, she talks candidly about the chasm between her reality and her reputation. This is definitely a worthy read, even though it is media promotion for her new record. If your fascinated by the unending drama and continuous rise of this young super star, check it out. (FYI: The photos that accompany this article were taken by Annie Leibovitz.) More>>>


NPR
Lorne Michaels On Casting 'SNL' 'If They Have It, It's Undeniable'

 I think every little insight helps. “The intent is always just to find the most talented people there are. We go all over the country. And more and more, people know how to find us, so it isn't like we don't hear about them.” —Lorne Michaels More>>>


Ted Talk
The Plight of the Multi-talented: Why some of us don't have one true calling

 She’s young, smart and goofy. However, in this illuminating 12-minute talk, writer and artist Emilie Wapnick describes the kind of people she calls "multipotentialites" — who have a range of talents, interests and jobs over one lifetime. Are you one,? “We should all be aligning our lives and careers with how we’re wired.” More>>>


Fast Company
How To Become A Genius

 This is a short, kinda light-weight take on how to train your brain to help increase your intelligence in 6-easy steps. The only thing I don’t do on this list is #5. More>>>







 

Quote of The Week

“Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure!”
—Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Video of The Week
Queensrÿche “Guardian”

 It’s time to put on your “metal head!” This is from their new Century Media Records release, “Condition Hüman.” Queensrÿche has secured a triumphant legacy as one of hard rock’s most respected and celebrated acts, selling 30 million units around the world across a 30-plus-year career. Queensrÿche built a dedicated legion of fans traveling the globe on tour with fellow rock giants like Iron Maiden, Guns ‘N’ Roses, Metallica and Judas Priest. Condition Hüman is a massive, densely layered, unflinchingly driving collection of brilliantly performed, head bang’n tunes. Watch>>>


Billboard
40 Top Young Power Players That Are Destined To Inherit The Entertainment Industry

 It’s good to know who’s cook’n in the kitchen! And these young power players are cook’n up a storm! These 40 agents, managers, marketing mavens, PR wizards, and showbiz executives are the young power brokers you really want to know. More>>>


New York Times
In Performance: Dael Orlandersmith

 Check out this very cool, 2-minute “spoken word” performance by Dael Orlandersmith. She’s an actress, poet and playwright, best known for her Obie Award-winning "Beauty's Daughter," and a 2002 Pulitzer Prize finalist in Drama. This is a scene from “Forever,” her solo show at New York Theater Workshop, where she talks about visiting the Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris, and finding inspiration, standing at the graveside of Jim Morrison, which triggers her memories of the Doors music. More>>>


Book of the Week
‘Big Magic’ by Elizabeth Gilbert

 I downloaded it to my Kindle based on the “glowing” Washington Post review. This book is not so much about looking for great ideas, it’s more about what it takes to live a creative life, every single day—a life that leaves the door wide open so that great ideas can find you—so you can then pick and choose which ones you want to manifest. And I don’t care what you say, I liked her book “Eat, Pray, Love” (the movie not so much). I do enjoy good writing and Elizabeth is a good writer. She’s also a huge advocate for the plight of artists and the “magic” of creativity. That said, this is definitely a worthy read. Grab the book>>>


Wired
Zuckerberg to the UN: “The Internet Belongs to Everyone”

 September 26, 2015: Mark Zuckerberg had come to the United Nations to advocate for universal, world-wide Internet access. Speaking to a body of heads of state and UN delegates, he made an impassioned plea that “the Internet is a key enabler of human rights. Insuring access is essential to achieving global justice and opportunity.” Bono was at his side offering super support! More>>>







Quote of The Week

"What is the point of being in U2 if we can’t take on subject matter that others would find uncool?” —Bono

Video of The Week
The Anderson Ponty Band

 Music pros Jon Anderson (Yes), and Jean-Luc Ponty have combined their talents to form a new supergroup - The AndersonPonty Band.  The new album titled “Better Late Than Never” was just released this week. If you’re a fan of either one these rock icons I think you’ll be very happy with what they’re up to. This is their official promotional video for the tour. More>>>


Fast Company
Bet you thought the "Happy Birthday" song was finally in the public domain. Think Again!

 This is a good lesson in “intellectual property rights.” On Tuesday we learned that the song "Happy Birthday” is now in the public domain. That’s not necessarily true. This is a short story of the tangled history and mysterious legality of the "happy birthday" song. More>>>


BBC NEWS
The Pop Star And The Prophet

 1999 was the most profitable year in the music industry's history. But at the turn of the century the arrival of the Internet saw revenues. However, this short, BBC article suggests that all is not lost. More>>>

 

VOX
There Will Be More Than 400 Scripted TV Series This Year! That Bubble’s About to Burst

 “There's arguably too much television," says FX networks CEO John Landgraf. He also says that every bubble eventually bursts—and he has stats to prove it. More>>>


Ted Talk
Elizabeth Gilbert: Success, Failure and The Drive to Keep Creating

 I’ve seen it twice already. Now it’s your turn. More>>>


Quartz
This free online encyclopedia has achieved what Wikipedia can only dream of.

 What’s the best way to organize human knowledge? Wikipedia? Not anymore! It’s the rigorously accurate Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy— and it’s free! More>>>







Quote of The Week

“As I was saying, I'm a woman and can't be taken for granted. Life's a bitch, now so am I.”  —CATWOMAN (from “Batman Returns” 1992)

Video of The Week
The Weeknd "I Can't Feel My Face"

 After seeing “Straight Outta Compton” this week I left the theater needing more; so I dove head first into “The Weeknd.” Last week #2. This Week #1. Weeks on BB Hot 100 chart 14. 80 million YouTube plays. Watch>>>


Business Insider
It’s Baack! MySpace Is Using it’s Old List to Provoke New Users

 The original social networking website is nowhere near as popular as it used to be. However, its new owner, Tim Vanderhook, is managing to squeeze significant revenue from the site thanks to its huge database of former users. More>>>


Advertising Age
How YouTube is Increasing “Watch Time”

 CEO Susan Wojcicki and her stable of ace engineers are steadily rolling out products, updating existing platforms and making it easier to connect videos with audiences—and the advertisers that follow. More>>>


Grantland
"Black Mass" Composer Tom Holkenborg: EDM’s Ennio Morricone

 Talk to enough recording artists and you’ll get bored of the refrain, “I’d eventually like to get into scoring films.” The reality is that few of them are willing to put up with the fraternizing and lost expectations that the gig requires. Tom Holkenborg a.k.a. Junkie XL, has learned to do both. More>>>


99U
What Your Survival Instincts Know About Pitching Ideas

 Carmel Hagen is the founder and CEO of Sweet Revenge Sugar Company. She recently posted this short guest blog on 99U. And while this article may be a quick read, it nevertheless reveals 5-thought-provoking insights about pitching your work. More>>>


TED Talk
A Journey Through The Mind Of An Artist

 I look at Dustin Yellin’s art and I think, “hey, I could do that!” But I couldn’t really. He makes mesmerizing artwork that tells complex, myth-inspired stories. How did he develop his style? In this 7-minute talk, he shares his journey as an artist and his idiosyncratic way of thinking and seeing. Watch>>>







Quote of The Week

“You can’t stop the waves but you can learn how to surf.” — Swami Muktananda

Video of The Week
Randy Coleman - "Bohemian Rhapsody"

 Randy Coleman is an excellent guitar player, brilliant songwriter and stunning singer. He’s also a good friend of mine. In 1992, I hired him for a desk job at Music Connection inc. He only lasted a few months, however our friendship has lasted for over 20 years. I told him to make this video—so did a few other close friends. I’m glad he did. I think you’ll be glad he did too. More>>>


Inspiration of the Week
Roberta Vinci's Post Game Interview After Beating Serena Williams

 Serena Williams is the best tennis player in the world. To watch her play is like watching Picasso paint or Clapton freestyle. She’s a champion’s champion. A hero’s hero. She’s the Beatles of tennis. And today (9/11/15) she lost to unseeded Italian champ Roberta Vinci. Las Vegas odds  said Vinci was a 300-1 underdog. When ask what she was thinking toward the end of the game, when it was clear that she was about to beat the great Serena, she responded, “I wasn’t thinking at all. I was just doing my job; hit the ball and run, hit the ball and run...” Watch the video, and as an artist/trep put yourself in her tennis shoes. More>>>


M—Cuepoint
A Conversation with Prince

 I’ve always been a Prince fan. Ever since that time he opened for the Stones at the L.A. Coliseum and the crowed threw shoes and boo’d him off the stage. I was sitting front and center! The article is about his new album HITNRUN, with an introduction to the young producer reinvigorating his career, Joshua Welton. More>>>


New York Times
Actresses on the Stubborn Sexism of Hollywood

 Stubborn indeed! This conversation never seems to end—it’s been going on since I was working at CBS television back in the seventies. This is a well-written article with insights from a few very smart women who know about such things. More>>>


Hollywood Reporter
Industry Shrinks Reveal “What's Wrong With Actors, Producers, Agents and Artists?”

 Here’s an article for all my “Crazy Genius Readers” literally! More>>>

 

RedDot Blog
A Love Letter to Art

 Jason Horejs, is the Owner of Xanadu Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona. I like his art, love his blog and intend to visit his gallery one day soon. He usually writes practical and helpful posts and tips about the business of art. However, this time he got personal. If you’re a lover or collector of art, I think you’ll enjoy Jason’s blog. More>>>


Rolling Stone
Meet The Real 'Dear Prudence'

 This is the story of Prudence Farrow, Mia’s sister, and her experience hang’n out with the Beatles during their 1968 Indian adventure with the Maharishi Mehesh Yogi. The article refers to her book “Dear Prudence, The Story Behind the Song.” I personally was not a yogi back then but I was certainly a Beatle fan. And I was intrigued when George and the boys began following the Maharishi. Took me another 17 years to embrace the ancient path of daily meditation—which I’ve been doing now for over 30 years. The article offers a snapshot of that time in music history—filled with peace & love...just like today:) More>>>


 






 

Quote of The Week

“There is no scarcity of opportunity to make a living at what you love; there’s only scarcity of resolve to make it happen.” Wayne Dyer (1940—2015)

Video of The Week
Taylor Swift, “Wildest Dreams”

 I don’t care what Lefsetz, Stern or the L.A Times says, I’ve been a Taylor Swift fan since I put her on the cover of Music Connection in 2008! This full-blown concept video was just released this past week and 100% of the proceeds go to the “wild animal conservation efforts, through the African Parks Foundation of America.” Screw the rhetoric, skip the controversy, shun the bad press and enjoy the video. More>>>


Bloomberg Business
Can SiriusXM Survive Without Howard Stern?

 I found this in my “read later file.”  The satellite radio service wants to keep Stern, but faces an uncertain future without its top talent behind the mic. Ten years ago, he redefined radio and “talent” forever when he decamped from terrestrial radio at Viacom for satellite radio at Sirius.  He signed a 5 year, $500 million a year contract which was unprecedented at the time. He also got an additional $250 million in bonuses through stock compensation for helping Sirius grow its subscriber base. More>>>

 

Digital Music News
It’s Your Copyright. Don’t Apologize for Defending It.

 We live in a world where many share the belief that content is ‘free,’ while rampant piracy has been significantly curtailed by new legitimate services and business models (like subscription streaming). "But, it just ain’t so.” Says Peter Csathy, a venture capitalist, media/tech executive, journalist, and CEO at Manatt Digital Media. More>>>


Ted Talk
Ji-Hae Park: "The violin, and my dark night of the soul"

 In her quest to become a world-famous violinist, Ji-Hae Park fell into a severe depression. Only music was able to lift her out again — showing her that her goal needn’t be to play lofty concert halls, but instead to bring the wonder of the instrument to as many people as possible. More>>>


Wired
The Most Fascinating Profile You’ll Ever Read About a Guy and His Boring Startup

Stewart (Butterfield) is well known in certain circles as the founder of the photo-sharing service, Flickr. When he and his two partners sold it to Yahoo for $25 million in 2004—which kicked off the Web 2.0 era and signaled the end of the dotcom bust. More>>>







Quote of The Week

 “The difference between an amateur and a professional is in their habits. An amateur has amateur habits. A professional has professional habits. We can never free ourselves from habit. But we can replace bad habits with good ones.”
—Steven Pressfield, best selling author.


Video of The Week
Chris Isaak "Wicked Game"

 I simply couldn’t resist. We’re experiencing a super heat wave in Southern California this week, and along with the drought I thought I’d search for something ultra cool. Couldn’t find it, so I had to settle for something ultra hot:) This song was written by Chris Isaak and picked as the single from his third studio album Heart Shaped World (Reprise1989/90). The video was directed by Herb Ritts, filmed in black & white, shot in Hawaii and featured top model Helena Christensen. The video won the MTV Award for Best Male Video. It also ranked #13 on VH1's 100 Greatest Videos, and #73 on Rolling Stone’s "The 100 Top Music Videos of all time".  It’s definitely a refreshing “throwback” memory for a sweltering 101º day. More>>>


The Atlantic
Born to Run and the Decline of the American Dream

 A lengthy essay on how life, music and culture has transformed us (or not) in the past 30 years—using the career of Bruce Springsteen, along with his song “Born to Run” as a qualified backdrop to the story. More>>>


Manett Phelps & Phillips
Want Music in Your Video? 5 Things to Remember So You Don't Get Sued

 Originally published in Newsweek, this is a short, to-the-point article from one of the most respected law firms in showbiz. The story came to me from a reliable websource called Lexology. More>>>


Brain Pickings
In Praise of Missing Out

 All of us lead two parallel lives: the one we are actively living, and the one we feel we should have had or might yet have. As hard as we try to exist in the moment, the unlived life is an inescapable presence, a shadow at our heels. And this itself can become the story of our life. More>>>


Help Scout
18 Ideas for Writing Like You Give a Damn

 Good writing starts with a desire to convey something worthwhile to your readers. Doesn’t matter if it’s a song, a book, a promo-ad, or a blog. With that in mind, here are eighteen worthwhile ideas that will make you “think” before you start slapping the keys. More>>>







Quote of The Week 

“Holding on to anger is like holding on to a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else—you are the one who gets burned.” —Buddha

Video of The Week
BøRNS “Past Lives”

 Garrett Bornes has been around a couple of years, making the talk show circuit (Conan, Seth Myers, etc). He’s got a unique style, sort of like a male Lordes. Time will tell whether or not he breaks through to the global stage. This is his newest offering. More>>>

New York Times
The New Making It

 From Composers to animators to writers, here are six artists in the Los Angeles area who are cobbling together livelihoods that would have been impossible 15 years ago. More>>>


99U
7 Pieces of Wisdom That Will Change the Way You Work

 “To believe that any project is the cure to our restlessness, uncertainty, and fear of failure, is borderline egomania.” Here’s some good advice that will make you think—from Steven Pressfield, Kurt Vonnegut, Marcus Aurelius, James Victore, Martha Graham, Twyla Tharp, and Mozart. More>>>


BBC 
Keith Richards Interview

 This is the full 60-min documentary movie, including insights, outtakes and sketchy memories straight from mouth of the iconic Rolling Stone. It’s actually sort of a live overview of his book Life” which was published last year. This interview actually provoked me to buy his book. I wasn’t going to share this with you, but I got hooked, so I thought you might too. More>>>


99U
Developing Your Unique Creative Voice

 This is a well-crafted, very brief essay by author Tom Henry, who says, “Your voice is how you’re recognized by others. It’s the tone your collective body of work takes, and it speaks to your values and the unique perspective and skill you bring to the work.” More>>>







Quote of The Week 

 "If you wait until you can do everything for everybody, instead of something for somebody, you'll end up doing nothing for nobody" —Unknown


Video of The Week
John Winn “Tomorrow is a Long Time”

 John Winn recently sent me a note. He reminded me that he’s a reader of my blogs and wanted to share a story with me. The story is about a personal experience he had with his friend Bob Dylan, and the video is a tribute to that experience. But more importantly, John is a talented musician, who not only filled me up with inspiration, but also, beautifully reminded me to never quit dong that which you love to do, and that the expression of art is an ageless process. More>>>


Ted Talk
The Art of Creating Awa!

 This 16-minute video is very compelling—not just for filmmakers, but for anyone interested in the movie-making process. Rob Legato creates movie effects so good they (sometimes) trump the real thing. In this warm and funny talk, he shares his vision for enhancing reality on-screen in movies like Apollo 13, Titanic and Hugo. More>>>


Mashable
The Most Innovative Part Of U2's Tour is Something the Audience Never Sees

 I found this (short) piece to be worthy and relevant. The band removes the traditional stage backdrop and opts for a two-sided display that hangs over the center of the arena. Not only does this ensure there isn't a bad seat in the house, the band also does something incredibly unique with it...More>>>


92Y Talks
Video-Interview, Francis Ford Coppola

 A few years back I blogged about my time working with Coppola on the Godfather  That said, he’s one of the most authentic, crazy genius artists I’ve ever worked with. And this recent video interview reflects every bit of that. More>>>

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Art Exhibit of The Week
“The Artist as a Lonely Hunter”

 If you’re visiting, or live in New York City, you may be interested in this photography exhibit. It’s on view at the Fraenkel Gallery, through August 22nd. More>>>







Quote Of The Week

 “Regarding stage fright, my fear was at the controls, like an independent organism emerging from inside me, my own Rosemary’s baby.” — Sara Solovitch, in “Playing Scared" article.


Video Of The Week
Raury “Devil’s Whisper”

 Addicting music, intelligent lyrics and compelling images.
“I’m not trying to be a preacher, I was never a reverend but I can take your ass to church and show you glimpses of heaven—you better run from the devil.” More>>>


Podcast Of The Week
Alec Baldwin Interviews Paul Simon

 This was recorded four days ago at WNYC studios in NY. Here’s The Thing is a series of intimate conversations hosted by Alec Baldwin. More>>>


Quartz
How To Make Tough Decisions Fast

 Dave Girouard, former president of Google Enterprise Apps says that “speed” is good, whether it’s manifesting ideas or making decisions. “I believe that speed, like exercise and eating healthy, can be habitual.” More>>>


New Yorker
“Playing Scared” What’s Behind Stage Fright?

 This is an insightful essay as only the New Yorker does so well. “Sometimes, when performers speak of stage fright, one senses that they do not actually wish it was gone—that, for them, it is almost a badge of honor.” More>>>

 

Digital Music News
18 Musicians Who Made It Later In Life

 I’m not sure if this piece will inspire you or depress you. Either way, it shows that age doesn’t matter as long as you’ve got the goods. More>>>





Quote Of The Week

  “We must have perseverance, and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something.”Marie Curie


Video Of The Week
Joss Stone “Water For Your Soul”

 Out of sight out of mind. That’s what happens when you don’t stay connected to your fans—eventually you’re star fades. Here’s her new, just-released video, plus a quick candid NPR conversation with the artist Music Connection called “The Next Janis.”

The Video

The NPR Conversation


Berklee College
The "Rethink Music" Report

 This is not gossip, hearsay, or the bloated, hyped opinion of music bloggers. This is a well-researched report with deep roots. I’m a huge fan of Berklee College. I subscribe to their blog, evangelize their curriculum, and even spoke at one of their events. However this report is the piece de resistance. It’s a 29 page deeply researched article about music and money, and the lack of fairness and transparency in the business. It’s an extremely worthy read for anyone interested in the transformation of the music industry. Download the article here.


The Atlantic
Why Aren't There More Women Futurists?

 This article landed in my in-box this morning at 5:20 a.m. from my favorite curator REDEF. It’s a well-written Atlantic opinion piece about why most of the big names in futurism are men. Then asks the question, “What does that mean for our future?” It’s definitely a worthy read. More>>>


Forbes
Instagram For Music?

I think the biggest thing missing in the music scene today is “community.” Back in the day we would all rally around the radio as our favorite DJ’s would spin the best tunes of the week—and we trusted their judgment—then we would all rant ‘n rave about it—then we would run out and make a purchase. Today, DJ’s, movie critics and book reviewers have mostly been replaced by algorithms (if you like that, you’ll like this).
 
That said, these three geeky “nerd-punks” have created a music curation app called “Cymbal,” which creates communities of like-minded music lovers, who share their playlists with each other. And it doesn’t matter if you’re a Beatle fan or a Kanye fan, with this app you can either find your community or build one of your own. It’s also a great promotion tool for original musicians wanting to establish their own community of followers. I personally started using Cymbal this past week and I think “the concept” has breakthrough potential. This Forbes article also gives a thumbs-up. The “Cymbal” app is free at the iTunes store. More>>>


GeekWire
Malcolm Gladwell: “More Data Doesn’t Mean You Know Everything”

 I’m without question a computer geek—I love tech. That’s why I like GeekWire. I’m also a huge fan of Malcolm Gladwell and had the opportunity to meet him this year in Santa Barbara, ca. That said, this article is actually a recap of a talk Gladwell gave this past week on the subject of “Data-Overload.” You don’t have to be a “geek” to get value from this article. You just have to be curious about where tech is taking us. More>>>





Quote Of The Week 

“Your goal is not to do battle with your mind, but to simply observe it. The purpose of your mind is to question and doubt. Allow your mind to do it’s job”Swami Muktananda

Video Of The Week
Mumford & Sons “Ditmas”

 In typical M&S style, this recently released tune slowly and consistently builds to a rousing crescendo, just like their career has done in the past 8 years—slow, consistent growth that you can take to the bank. More>>>


ASCAP
9 Supervisors Comment On Getting Your Music Into Film/TV

 A very quick, worthy read—every little tid-bit of information helps. More>>>


REDEF
The Future Of Film Part 1 (2&3)

 I love what Jason Hirschhorn is doing with his growing curation company REDEF. Not only do they scour the Net for great articles to share, they also do their own deeply researched, well-written exclusive stories. This one is a must read for anyone connected or concerned with the future of the film industry. More>>>


Business Insider
Why One Lawyer Gave Up A 6-Figure Salary To Serve Tacos From A Truck

 Business Insider is getting pretty good at this: short, fast-reading, to-the-point human-interest stories about young entrepreneurs who risk everything for a shot at the brass ring. More>>>


HubSpot
“Back To The Futures” Predictions For 2015

 Check out this infographic when you’re ready for a 5-minute distraction break. I forgot Doc and McFly even made predictions for 2015! More>>>





Quote Of The Week

 "Making a living and making a life sometimes point in different directions."Pico Iyer, Indian novelist


Video Of The Week
NPR Studio Sessions—Purity Ring

 According to the PR this Edmonton duo has been selling out big choreographed live shows across the country, and on its way through Seattle they stopped by KEXP radio’s live room for a spontaneous performance. More>>>


Hollywood Reporter
Q&A with Jeff Bezos

 Regarding Amazon television programming: “My starting point is to hire the world's greatest storytellers and encourage them to take risks." More>>>


Wall Street Journal
50 Cent’s Business Sense

 He talks about his businesses, his bankruptcy, his tough-guy image and his new boxing movie, ‘Southpaw.’ (I wish this we’re a longer, New Yorker style interview, but it’s nevertheless a worthy read.) More>>>


TED Talk
This app knows how you feel—from the look on your face

 Scientist Rana el Kaliouby Ph.D., demos a powerful new technology that reads your facial expressions and matches them to corresponding emotions. More>>>


Priceconomics
Music Publishing Economics

 Priceonomics helps companies crawl and structure data from the web—then they blog about it. In this article they talk about the current climate of music publishing and the various ways songwriters are making a buck. More>>>


 




 

Quote Of The Week

“I think if something's good and you believe in it, and you care about it, and you give it love and nurture it, it's going to happen.”Jerry Weintraub (9/26/37–7/6/2015)


Video Of The Week
Steven Tyler - "Love Is Your Name"

 I was expecting typical Tyler, but I was pleasantly surprised to find “Country Steve.” More>>>


Business Insider
17 Things Keeping You From Getting “Stinking” Rich

 It's a fairly lightweight read, however it’s true to the bone—even if you’re already stinking rich! More>>>


NPR
Why Films About Musicians Leave So Much Music Off Screen

 Music-focused films could provide something a bit more radical—like a close view of the processes of composing and performing that reveals the true uniqueness of the artist. More>>>


Monday Note
Human Curation Is back!

 Truth is, I much prefer that a trusted human suggest what I read or listen to, rather than an algorithm. This blog suggests that the limitations of algorithmic curation of news and culture has prompted a return to the use of actual humans to select, edit, and explain. More>>>


New York Times
How Television Won the Internet

 It’s a short op-ed piece, nevertheless an insightful one. More>>>


Brain Pickings
Why Perfectionism Kills Creativity

 “One of the gifts of being a writer is that it gives you an excuse to do things, to go places and explore. Another is that writing motivates you to look closely at life, as it lurches by and tramps around.” More>>>


Wired
Guide to the Ever-Expanding Universe of Podcasts

 It’s not the most complete guide, however I like how Wired wires this together—from hosting tips to must-subscribes. More>>>





Video Of The Week
Yana Reznik

 A story of love, loss, war and music, inspired by the powerful  “Prelude In G-minor” by Rachmaninoff. Yana Reznik is a longtime reader of this blog. And although I’ve never met her in person, I nevertheless know her to be a crazy creative artist. She’s crazy because she takes on Rachmaninoff like he was Elton John! She’s creative because although this is her very first music video, instead of going the simple route she garnered the exceptional talents of filmmaker Harry Bromley-Davenport to express her vision and produce this video. If you like “themed” videos, and you love classical music, you’ll enjoy this 6-minute, dramatic YouTube video. More>>>

 

Rolling Stone
Danny Elfman on Film Scores, 'Simpsons' and Working With Tim Burton

 In 1983, after seeing the new wave band “Oingo Boingo” perform at the Troubadour in Hollywood, I put Danny Elfman on the cover of Music Connection magazine. I also bought an upright piano from him (which ended up being a Christmas gift for my little sister Julie—she cried when she saw it). Since then his music compositions have gone “galactic” and he has scored 15 films and 84 original movie compositions. RS caught up with Danny at Lincoln Center in New York City, where he’ll be performing his film scores, July 6th through the 12th. More>>>


TED TALK
The Single Biggest Reason Why Startups Succeed

 Bill Gross has founded a lot of startups, and incubated many others—and he got curious about why some succeeded and others failed. So he gathered data from hundreds of companies and ranked each company on five key factors. He found one factor that stood out from the others. More>>>


Bloomberg
Why Nobody Wants Their MTV

 Thanks to Jason Hirschhorn at MediaREDEF, I found this in-depth, provocative piece regarding Viacom’s mid-life crisis. If you’re as deeply connected and interested as I am about where the media and television are headed, this is a must read. More>>>

 

Spin Sucks
6-Things To Do Before You Build Your Big Website

 I subscribe to the "Spin Sucks" blog which always provides a unique POV of PR today. That said, you should check out these tips before you start your next BIG web project.  Hopefully, they will help move the project along a bit more smoothly. More>>>


SeatSmart
Does The Death Of Album Revenue Spell The End Of Rock Stars?

 Every time I visit this blog I find a smart, well-written article. This one caught my attention this past week. It’s another intelligent, well researched, opinion piece that I think you’ll find interesting. More>>>





Video Of The Week
Unknown Karaoke Crooner?

As of this writing he's still unknown. But I'll bet some eager manager is seeking him out as we speak! This guy’s karaoke singing chops have been stunning netizens across the Web this week. In the video, he belts out a pitch-perfect rendition of the notoriously difficult “I Have Nothing” by Whitney Houston (he even nails her hand gestures). Since being shared on reddit, the clip has been viewed more than 1 million times. More>>>


Noisey
What Happens When An Artist Gets Dropped?

 “Being dropped is often stigmatized, to the extent that it’s usually understood to reflect the ineptitude of the artist in question. Either they were petulant, their sales weren’t great, or, the most common misconception, that they just weren’t good enough.” More>>>


Variety
Actors On Actors: Clair Danes & Don Cheadle Interview Each Other

Don Cheadle (House of Lies) and Claire Danes (Homeland) talk about how they keep it fresh even after multiple seasons of their television shows and what makes cable "the place to be." More>>>


re/code
Streaming Music Is Changing The Way We Listen

The future belongs to those who can create the most seamless connection between the listener and the artist. When the dust clears, it will be the artists who will define the future of streaming. More>>>

Brain Pickings
Marcel Proust on What Art Does for the Soul and How to Stop Letting Habit Blunt Our Aliveness

Marcel Proust was a French novelist, critic, and essayist best known for his monumental novel À la recherche du temps perdu (In Search of Lost Time). Proust is considered by many to be one of the greatest authors of all time. This film is part of a wonderful series of animated videos by "The School of Life." More>>>




TED Talk
How Movies Teach Manhood

This 13-minute video is equally worthy for “Womanhood” as well. The video has garnered nearly 3-million views and circulates the Net every Father’s Day. More>>>

 

Podcast Of The Week
Alec Baldwin Interviews Dustin Hoffman

Hoffman tells Baldwin that he savors each new opportunity like it's the first, and recalls his early days when he was mis-cast, underestimated, and broke. He currently has an online “Masterclass” on acting. More>>>

Dustin Hoffman's "Masterclass."

 

Medium
Everything in the Music Industry Has Changed Except the Song Itself

Is it possible to redefine the art form? Is it time for a “disruptor” to change what songs look and sound like? Songwriters now have the opportunity to create the environment in which their songs function and exist.” More>>>


Hollywood Reporter
The New Agency Wars

“What's more important to your career, your agent or the agency?” A worthy article that flew under the wire. More>>>


Entrepreneur
5 Ways Brands Can Use Periscope and Meerkat

One of my readers, Solveig Whittle, recently tweeted this article. It’s a fast read, with good tips for any artist or trep, not just “brands.” More>>>





Quote Of The Week
Jimmy Iovine, Regarding Apples New Streaming Service

“Apple has $178 billion dollars in the bank and 800 million credit cards in iTunes. Spotify has never been profitable. My guess is that Apple will promote this like crazy and I think that will have a halo effect on the streaming business. "A rising tide will lift all boats." It’s the beginning of an amazing moment for the music industry and the entertainment industry as a whole.”  (Note: Given his relationship with Apple, Iovine’s opinion is biased.)


Video Of The Week
Neil Young + Promise Of The Real

 The Monsanto Years is Neil Young’s 36th studio album. It's a concept album criticizing the  “agribusiness” Monsanto. The album is a collaboration with Willie Nelson's sons Lukas and Micah. The album is scheduled to be released on June 30, 2015, by Reprise Records. More>>>

 

Washington Post
How Apple’s New Music Service Compares To What’s Out There Right Now

A quick snapshot comparison of the current streaming services. More>>>


Business Insider
10 Ways You Can Be More Like Richard Branson

He’s been a HUGE influence in my business life. I met him a few times when he was head of Virgin Records. Virgin Publishing was upstairs in the same building as my office. We would occasionally see each other in the hallway. He wasn’t a billionaire yet, and his company was still growing and he was still struggling. It’s a worthy article because the truth is, I want to be more like Richard Branson too! Who wouldn’t? He’s a good person, who does good things with his money. More>>>


The Atlantic
Why It Pays To Be A Jerk

I follow the writings of Jason Horejs, the owner of the Xanadu Art Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona. He strikes me as a very nice guy...like me! I was raised by great parents and surrounded by a  circus of colorful aunts, uncles, cousins, and two awesome sisters. So really, a few oddballs aside, almost everyone in my family is basically a “nice guy.” That said, Jason recently pointed to a current article in The Atlantic titled, “Why it Pays To be a Jerk.” The lengthy essay explores the concept of whether or not it pays to be nice, along with the scientific notion that “jerks come out on top.” More>>>

 




 

Video Of The Week:
Smithsonian Talk: Eddie Van Halen Interview

A fascinating, lengthy, in-depth interview—Eddie is extremely genuine, authentic and humble (first aired a few months back). More>>>


Washington Post:
In 5 years, 80 percent of the whole Internet will be online video

It’s a very short read, nevertheless another reminder that everything is going "multi-device video." The article was written by Brian Fung who covers technology for The Washington Post. More>>>


60 Minutes:
Charlie Rose Interviews Larry David

I just found this 12-minute video. It was broadcast on May 31, 2015. If you enjoy the antics of Larry David like I do, don’t miss the “outtakes.” More>>>


New York Times
1967 Review Of The Beatle's "Sgt. Pepper" Album

A stunning snippet of music history. More>>>




Video Of The Week
Mr. Gnome’s “Melted Rainbow”

A new video from Cleveland's experimental rock group Mr. Gnome. While not as epic as some of the band's previous work, "Melted Rainbow" is still elaborately staged. Nicole Barille and Sam Meister, the married duo behind Mr. Gnome, said the imagery for the video was inspired by the surrealist work of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. More>>>

Techpinions
RIP AOL: Where the Net Was Born for Many

Very short opinion piece by noted tech reporter Steve Wildstrom. More>>>

 

Rolling Stone
Bruce Springsteen's Funny, Moving Tribute to Pete Townshend

Pete Townshend was honored during the 11th annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert in New York, where he received the Stevie Ray Vaughan award from fellow rock legend Bruce Springsteen. More>>>

 

BloombergBusiness
Why Jay Z’s Tidal Is A Complete Disaster

Jay Z unveiled Tidal at a press conference in late March, flanked by 15 of the biggest acts in the music business, all of whom were introduced as equity shareholders. The backlash was immediate. More>>>

 

Fast Company
The New Rules of Work

Forget everything you've always known about work. The rules have changed. More>>>





Video Of The Week:
B. B. King, Eric Clapton & Phil Collins “The Thrill Is Gone”

 BB King is gone, but his voice and his music will always be with us. More>>>

 

Here’s The Thing:
Alec Baldwin Interviews David Letterman

Alec Baldwin’s regular podcast has been circulating around the Net this week. Alec interviews only the most interesting people in showbiz, not because they have a project to pitch, but because they have a true story to tell about their life. Letterman’s story is that his last show is May 20th. More>>>


Daily News:
Kanye West Graduation Speech

This past week, after receiving an honorary doctoral degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Kanye West spoke to grads about asking for forgiveness rather than permission: " 'I'm sorry' is something that you can use a lot," he told the crowd. "It gives you opportunity to give your opinion, apologize for it, and give your opinion again." More>>>


Fast Company:
PBS Digital Studios Is Not Your Grandfather's Television Station

PBS Studios is focused on building fans more than just viewership. That’s a lesson every artist and entrepreneur should take to heart. More>>>


TED Talk
Sarah Kay: “If I Should Have A Daughter”

Happy Mother's Day to all you crazy, creative, genius, mothers and daughters who read my blog! I honor your commitment to create a great relationship with your family and at the same time do your best to remain focused on manifesting your own personal dreams and goals—a magnanimous task indeed! That said, nearly 8 million people have seen this 18-minute “spoken word performance” and chances are you’re one of them. However, it’s so good, so brilliant that I think it’s worthy of a re-run. Poet Performer Sarah Kay begins her talk with a spoken word poem about what she will tell her daughter if she should someday have one. Followed by another spoken word essay on why and how she became a spoken word poet. More>>>


Video Of The Week
Tracy Chapman on Letterman "Stand By Me"

We lost another great artist this week. Ben E. King, the lead singer for the Drifters whose voice graced classics like "Stand by Me," ''There Goes My Baby" and "Spanish Harlem," died on Friday (5/1/15) at 76. Two weeks earlier, another great singer-songwriter, Tracy Chapman, covered "Stand by Me" during an appearance on "The Late Show with David Letterman." It's a haunting performance and a moving testament to King's musical legacy. More>>>


Business Insider
Netflix CEO On The End Of TV As We Know It

(It’s a short article) Linear TV has been on an amazing 50-year run. Internet TV is starting to grow. Clearly, in the near future, Internet TV is going to replace linear TV. More>>>


Immersive
Why Do I Like This Song?

This is a well-researched article by Stephen Phillips, who was one of the lead techs on “Twitter Music.” He talks about that psychological component that lures us into one song over another. Although the findings are obvious, they’re more complicated than you think. (Graphic credit: Pink FreudMore>>>


CD Baby
25 Ways To Optimize Your YouTube Channel

This is an easy primer on creating and maintaining your own YouTube channel. Doesn’t matter of you’re a musician, actor, comedian or the CEO of your company. Although it’s very basic info, it’s nevertheless a worthy read. More>>>


Rolling Stone
Joan Jett: Built to Rock

It's not a long, deep interview, however I'm a super Jett fan, so it's a worthy read:) “Joan Jett stands at a microphone in a Manhattan recording studio, almost ready to sing. She shakes her arms and bounces on her feet like an impatient boxer...” More>>>


New Yorker
The Man Who Broke The Music Business

Dell Glover manufactured CDs for a living, but he began to wonder: "if the MP3 was just as good, why bother with the CD?" More>>>


Forbes
Inside The 2015 Forbes Billionaires List

Bill Gates is still the richest person on the planet with a net worth of $79.2 billion dollars. However the youngest billionaire on the planet is Evan Spiegel, 24, co-founder of Snapchat. Net worth: $1.5 billion. More>>>


Cnet
Generation YouTube

(It's a quick read) "The star-making machine is outside big corporations for the first time," says Jason Hirschhorn, CEO of news curation site Redef. “Ask any kid under the age of 16, and you’ll realize that their stars are not your stars.” More>>>


Forbes
How The Major’s Are Re-Inventing The Future Of Music

The surviving Big Three labels–Warner, Universal and Sony–have quietly invested big bucks in Spotify and Rdio. And while Jay Z’s streaming service "Tidal" gets headlines, the majors have quietly co-opted the multibillion-dollar digital revolution. More>>>


Fast Company
Movie Producer Brian Grazer: Why Asking The Right Questions Will Lead To Unlimited Possibilities

Written by Brian Grazer, this article explains the power of asking the right questions—and why it will make you a better boss. More>>>


TED Talk
5 Ways To Kill Your Dreams

She hasn’t even hit 30 and Bel Pesce has been named one the most influential people in Brazil! In this 6-minute video, Pesce breaks down 5 easy-to-believe myths that ensure your dreams will never come true. More>>>


Forbes
Exclusive 4-Part Interview With Legendary Doors Drummer John Densmore

One of the seminal groups of the sixties were The Doors, and drummer John Densmore is the subject of this four part interview. Densmore shares many new personal insights about what it was like to experience the Doors’ live concerts from the comfort of his drum perch, and also gives his candid impressions of both Morrison and Manzarek. More>>>

 

Ron Howard
Project Imagination: “Trailer”

According to Academy Award winning Director Ron Howard, your life can become a movie trailer and inspire a Hollywood short film starring Josh Hutcherson. Canon and Ron Howard invite you to the next chapter of Project Imagination, where “we’ll empower you with everything you need to easily turn your videos and photos into a 60 second trailer, even if you don't have filmmaking experience.” Ultimately, one trailer will be chosen by Ron and Josh to inspire a Hollywood short film. I say why not go for it? More>>>

Mack Collier’s Blog
BMW’s April Fool’s Prank’ Is An Extraordinary Lesson in Digital Marketing

On April 1st, a BMW dealership in New Zealand ran a special coupon ad in a newspaper that said the first person to bring the coupon in and ask for ‘Tom’ would be able to trade their old car in for a new BMW. This article is an invaluable lesson in digital marketing for any artist or entrepreneur. More>>>

 

Hollywood Reporter
A Rare Q&A With James Dolan, CEO of Cablevision and Chairman of Madison Square Garden

I don’t think we’re related (maybe distantly). The Big Apple's most prolific (and, at times, controversial) mogul, opens up about over-the-top digital rivals, how Tribeca could be as big as Toronto, and his second career as a rock star. More>>>


The Fader
The Full Transcript Of Jay Z's Tidal Q&A At The Clive Davis Institute

You’ve undoubtedly read all the cynical, doomsday bloggers rant on about “Tidal.” For those who don’t know Tidal is a premium grade, high-resolution music streaming service for which Jay-Z just paid $56 Million. Is this the new direction the music business is heading? I doubt it. But I respect Jay Z for standing up for what he thinks is a “new direction” for artists, and a financial “upgrade” for the business. More>>>


The Audacity To Podcast
The 4 Cornerstones Of A Great Podcast

Content, presentation, production, and promotion: These are the four cornerstones for a great podcast. A lack of quality in these could hurt the growth of your podcast. If you’re thinking about Podcasting, this site has some great information. More>>>

 

Brain Pickings
Susan Sontag on Storytelling, And Her Piercing Advice To Writers

One of Americas most prolific and controversial authors, Susan Sontag spent her lifetime contemplating the role of writing in both the inner world of the writer and outer universe of readers. This article contains excerpts from her last book At the Same Time: Essays and Speeches. Her thoughts on what it means to be a writer, and her profound advice to writers and novelists make this a worthy read. More>>>


The Daily Beast
A Quick Journey From Viral Craze to Label Hostages

A short read (too short) that shows how people tend to romanticize the music industry. The reality is far less enchanting because record labels today are more concerned with branding than talent—and “tween” metal band “Unlocking The Truth” quickly got caught up in the middle of all the hoopla. More>>>


Howard Stern
Ben Stiller Interview

It's a long deep, revealing interview with one of the busiest, most successful actors, producers, writers working today. Like a fly on the wall, there's a lot to learn here about balancing art, work, business, and life at the very top of the heap. More>>>


Brain Pickings
How Playing Music Benefits Your Brain More than Any Other Activity

4-minute, animated TED video revealing the (beneficial) fireworks that happen in your brain when you pick up an instrument—suggesting that musicians may be “sharper” then others. More>>>


New York Times Magazine
Forty Portraits in Forty Years

This article has nothing to do with music, showbiz, or start-ups. However it does have everything to do with art, life, growing up with grace, and exceptional photography. The Brown sisters have been photographed every year since 1975. The photos by Nicholas Nixon are revealing and the short story is inspiring. More>>>


TED Talk
Stephen Kellogg

“The Sleep Of A Satisfied Man.” That’s not the name of his TED talk. However it is the title of the song that Stephen sings at the end of his 17-minute, inspiring talk about finding "satisfaction" in your every day job. I’m impressed with Stephen and his commitment to expressing truth in his work, his music, and in his life. More>>>


Indie Wire
Mark Duplass' 8 Tips for Success in the Film Biz

My sister, Julie Dolan, is a super talented actress/musician. She recently sent me this note: “Morning Bro! I Just read an article that I think you and your readers might like. It’s a speech from a film maker who spoke at SXSW this year.  It fits in perfectly with what you always talk about in your blog.” I totally agree with her. I would also add that the content of Mark’s speech, although aimed at film makers, can also be extremely enlightening for any artist or entrepreneur. More>>>


Michael’s Choice
"Do The Work"

Why do we Artists & Treps continue to procrastinate and resist doing the work we love? The work that will lead us to our ultimate dream. Stephen Pressfield says it's because of the "enemy within." Another brilliant, fast, easy reading book from one of my favorite authors. I recently re-read it and added it to my "must read" book list! More>>>


New Republic
SXSW Is Now Too Big to Fail

If you're not there, or you're unaware, it's happening right now in Austin Texas. After 29 years, South by Southwest has evolved from a regional festival hosted by an alt-weekly into a capitalist carnival for the young and energetic. And the city of Austin, now sustains an influx of nearly 100,000 sweaty people for one week in March. This is one reporters attempt to chase down the future of SXSW. More>>>


Howard Stern
The Madonna Interview

(3/11/15) It’s a long YouTube audio (1:18). I did not listen to the whole thing. Truth is, I’m not a huge Madonna fan (these days), even though we were the very first national magazine to put her on the cover (Music Connection, March 1985).  If you’re into Madonna (and Howard Stern) I think you’ll find this interview compelling and fascinating. More>>>


The Daily Dot
The Daring Future Of YouTube

(Opinion piece) In the beginning, YouTube was simply a space to share video content, with no agenda beyond the spread of information. Today it’s the most “hit” website on the Internet—and it’s only getting bigger. More>>>


BuzzFeed
5 Hit Songwriters Talk About “Blurred Lines”

In the wake of the $7.3 million “Blurred Lines” verdict, songwriters for Beyoncé, Sam Smith, Bruno Mars, and more talk candidly with BuzzFeed about the trouble with copyright law and the inevitability of influence. More>>>


New Yorker
Richard Pryor, Flame-Thrower

Another great, in-depth New Yorker essay, on another great legend. This year is the tenth anniversary of Richard Pryor’s death. Showtime has made a documentary, Lee Daniels has signed on to direct a bio-pic, and a new biography has been published: “Becoming Richard Pryor.” More>>>


TED Talk
Spider-Man, The Lion King and Life on the Creative Edge

I found this 18-minute Ted Talk stuffed in my “watch later” file—I’m glad I did. Julie Taymor is a successful film, theater director. She is known for lavish movies such as Frida, and for her hit Broadway musicals, The Lion King and Spider-Man. She talks about the angst of her creative process. More>>>


GIGAOM
The Music Industry’s Broken Business Could Change in 2015

This is an interesting “opinion” piece on what to watch for in a year that could change the rules of the game for performers, and everyone else with a stake in music. (Don’t forget to read the insightful comments at the end of this article.) More>>>


REDEFF Original
The State and Future of Netflix v. HBO

Are you keeping up with the transformation of television these days? There’s been a total shake-up going on for past few years, and the mammoth growth of Netflix is only part of it. More>>>


New Yorker
Extensive Conversation with Jon Ive

I love artists of all kinds, musicians, writers, actors, architects, etc.  I love working with them and writing about their plight. That’s why I’ve always had such a profound respect for Jon Ivy, Apples top designer, who Steve Jobs considered to be his "spiritual partner.” Ivy is the designer of Apple's most successful products, including the MacBook Pro, iPod, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, etc. This is one of those lengthy, in-depth profiles that the New Yorker does so well. More>>>

Brain Pickings
The Pleasure of Practicing: Overcoming The Impostor Syndrome

“The job of the artist is to embrace uncertainty, to be sharpened and honed by it. But the sharpening-and-honing itself rarely feels like a joy when you are mid-leap into the unknown, with no guarantee of whether your daily act of showing up will ever amount to the development of greatness.” More>>>


TED Talk
The Museum of 4 in the Morning

No deep message here. Just a 14 minute, very compelling rant, from an American poet, storyteller, and author named Rives, who appeared on HBO's Def Poetry Jam. His contagious obsession with 4 in the morning is what hooked me because I too am a “4 in the morning” guy. More>>>


Hollywood Reporter
The 4-Step Process That Turned The 'Imitation Game' Director Into An Oscar Contender

Following a playbook he wrote and successfully applied to dozens of film projects, Harvey Weinstein has turned an unknown director from Norway into one of this awards season's most compelling figures. More>>>


Howard Stern Interview:
J.K. Simmons, Best Supporting Actor

I’m a drummer, so I loved “Whiplash.” However I was riveted by J.K. Simmon’s performance. This guy was never on my radar before this film. Stern’s interview get’s inside his head. (YouTube audio). More>>>


Fast Company:
"Head" Writing for "Saturday Night Live"

Behind The Collaborative, Competitive Process of Being A Head Writer For "Saturday Night Live" More>>>

CDBaby:
A letter to a young lyricist, from Gavin Castleton

From the creative folks at CDBaby here’s one of a series of letters written by working musicians. More>>>


Scientific American:
"The Messy Minds Of creative People"

I recently stumbled into this article by Scott Barry Kaufman. It’s a quick read and an interesting take on the psychology of creative people. More>>>


New York Times:
Sam Smith: The Crowds Stay With Him, and Continue To Grow

Smith made history this year by becoming the 10th artist ever to be nominated in all four “general field” Grammy categories: Best Album, Best Song, Best Record, and Best New Artist. More>>>


Los Angeles Times:
Complete Transcript Of Bob Dylan’s Captivating Speech At The Music Cares Event Friday Night

After being introduced by President Jimmy Carter, Dylan gave this heartfelt speech that has sent ripples through the industry in the past 24 hrs. More>>>

 

Microsoft Hololens: "See Your world as a Canvas"

If you’re like me and have a hunger to know what’s next in the world of tech, check out this 3-minute Microsoft video. It got me so pumped—not for for what’s coming, but for what’s already here. More>>>

   

TED Talk: "How To Make hard Choices"

Here's a 15-minute talk that will change your POV about making choices. "Big decisions can be agonizingly difficult, but that's because we think about them the wrong way," says attorney/philosopher Ruth Chang. More>>>

 

AARP Exclusive: Interview with Bob Dylan

In his first interview in nearly three years, Dylan talks about his new record, his love for Frank Sinatra, and about life in his 70s. More>>>
* Plus: Dylan gives AARP Subscribers a Free Copy of new Album!
This is brilliant, modern marketing at it’s best! More>>>


11 Websites That Will Make You Smarter About Money

From Business Insider: Not everyone has a financial adviser, and not everyone has the time to read a personal finance book. Luckily, there's the internet. More>>>

The Death of the Artist—and the Birth of the Creative Entrepreneur

By Jason Horejs
Even though this article is a worthy read for any type of artist or entrepreneur, Jason Horejs is a dedicated advocate for painters and illustrators. He also owns the Xanadu art Gallery in Scottsdale Arizona. His mission is to help artists market their work in todays “tech-savvy” world. This is his reaction to an article written in the Atlantic magazine. More>>>


Why 2014 Was One Of The Best Years For Rap

By A-Trak, for Medium
“What’s becoming clear is that we’re changing the way we discover and consume rap music. More than ever, rap and tech go hand in hand. 2014 was the year of “SoundCloud” rap—why hasn’t anybody pointed that out?" More>>> 


Do the 'Selma' snubs show the Oscars still have a racism problem?

An "opinionated" article From The Daily Dot that carries a powerful, worthwhile message. More>>>


Associated Press: Academy President Responds To Oscar Firestorm

 Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who happens to be the first black president of the Academy of Motion Pictures, responds to the firestorm of criticism over the lack of diversity in this year's Oscar nominations. More>>>


New York Times: Amazon Signs Woody Allen to Write and Direct TV Series

In case you missed it, these were two hot topics in entertainment this week: Amazon winning two Golden Globes, and Woody Allen signing his first ever TV contract...with Amazon. More>>>


How Copyright Forced A Filmmaker To Rewrite Martin Luther King's Words

I haven’t seen the movie Selma yet but this article raised my eyebrows! More>>>


Madonna's 'Devastating' Album Leak

A short Billboard interview with Madonna’s outspoken manager, Guy Oseary More>>>


Disney CEO Bob Iger's Empire of Tech

Fortune Magazine’s first cover story of 2015, and it’s a good one. I love it when tech-geeks become CEO’s of entertainment companies...and vice versa. More>>>


TED TALKS: 8-Minute Montage Of The Years Best

I’ve been a TED fan since it’s inception in 1984 when it began as a fledgling conference where “Technology, Entertainment and Design” converged. Today, TED topics range from showbiz to science, and speakers are invited from all over the world to present their ideas. More>>>


Conversation with Chris Rock

I’m a huge fan of CR. This interview in New York magazine was written by Frank Rich and has gone viral. In case you missed it, here it is: More>>>



Vintage TED talk: "How To Spot A Liar"

On any given day we're lied to from 10 to 200 times, and the clues to detect those lies can be subtle and counter-intuitive. In this 18-minute vintage TED video Pamela Meyer, author of LieSpotting, reveals the methods used by experts to recognize deception. More>>>




Startups Anonymous

A list of revealing, personal fears from the CEO of a startup in NYC More>>>

How Digital Music Missed Its Big Chance

It was the early 1990s, before MySpace, Napster, Spotify or Soundcloud, and Jeff Patterson brought a few six-packs into the offices of the Internet Underground Music Archive (IUMA). More>>>



75-Tips: Best Career Advice of the Year!

I must acknowledge my friends at Music Connection magazine for a worthy, year-end compilation article. More>>>

(Note: I suggest you print the article for easier reading)


Book Recommendation: "The Flinch"

It’s a fast read, it’s cheap ($2.95) and Seth Godin published it. Those factors alone prompted me to buy it. I've read it twice and I'm continually confronted by the concepts that this book reveals, each time we FLINCH!

Show Me The Money!

Here’s a fascinating 3-minute video from Wealth-X that shows the 2014 global billionaire census.

 


The Internet is Not Enough: Paul Simon, Malcolm Gladwell and the Importance of Real Connections

By Ethan Zuckerman
“What I was consciously frustrated with was the system of sitting and writing a song and then going into the studio and trying to make a record of that song.” —Paul Simon More>>>

Amy Pohler's Confidence Lessons

By Sarah Larson
Amy Poehler has helped define comedy in the past decade and a half, pushing it forward, making it more interesting, more feminist, and better. More>>>

The New Radio Stars: Welcome to the Podcast Age

By David Pierce
Podcasts are a decade old, but they’re just starting to make noise. More>>>

New Yorker feature: Spotify, Friend or Foe?

Daniel Ek, the C.E.O. of Spotify, is a rock star of the music/tech world. His vision is that Spotify is a force for good in the world of music. More...


The Taylor Swift Factor: 6 Intelligent Insights

Studying Taylor Swift is like a study in everything an artist or entrepreneur can do right on a grassroots level. She just sold 1.2 million albums, in a year when NO ONE ELSE has gone platinum. Here’s why More...

4 Lessons on Staring Down Fear from a Tightrope-Walker

Every year my dad took me to “The Greatest Show On Earth,” The Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus. I loved it. It was my first real experience of show business. I remember seeing the most famous lion tamer in the world, Clyde Beatty, the most famous clown in the world, Emmitt Kelly, and the greatest high wire act in the world, The Flying Wallendas. I even remember watching a 73-year old Karl Wallenda fall to his death from a 10-story building (on TV). Yikes! So when his grandson Nick Wallenda did a “Kickstarter” campaign last year to raise money to walk across Niagara Falls, I sent him a few bucks. He’s a seventh generation member of “The Flying Wallendas,” who makes a living by doing death-defying stunts. Needless to say, this guy knows something about taking risks that every artist & entrepreneur should know. More...


YouTube Judgement Day

YouTube launches a groundbreaking, controversial music subscription service. More>>>

Irving Azoff responds to You Tube Launch: More>>>


Famous Paintings Sell For Millions At Auction, But The Artist Gets Zero

Andy Warhol's "Triple Elvis" is set to receive hundreds of millions, but Warhol's estate will get nothing. That may be about to change. More>>>


THE BRIEF

Every worthwhile project starts with a "Brief" but very few projects end up with exceptional results. Why? This 26-minute video answers the question. More>>>


TED TALK: Amanda Palmer "The Art of Asking"

“Don't make people pay for music,” says Amanda Palmer: “Let them.” In a passionate talk that begins with her days as a street performer (drop a dollar in the hat for the Eight-Foot Bride!), she examines the new relationship between artist and fan. More>>>


5 THINGS TO DO TO HAVE AN INSANELY PRODUCTIVE WEEK

By Thomas Oppong for Entrepreneur Magazine.
A productive week depends largely on what you focus on every day and how much time you allocate to "petty" activities that take up your valuable time. More>>>


NEW YORKER INTERVIEW:  Billy Joel

 Written by Nick Paumgarten, this is another long, slow, deep New Yorker interview, that hooked me: More>>>


TELEVISION'S RED WEDDING IS HERE!

 A Change is coming to the pay-TV biz. It’s going to be a bloodbath — and not everyone will survive. More>>> 


TED TALK: STING ON WRITERS BLOCK

In this awesome 23-minute TED video, Sting gives a “performance talk” about a nasty bout of writer's block he had that went on for nearly a decade. He finally found inspiration in the stories of his childhood.
MORE>>>


5 ESSENTIALS FOR A SUCCESSFUL
CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN

Written by Seymour Segnit, for Entrepreneur magazine.

If you’re considering raising seed money or investment capital using some sort of “crowdfunding,” here’s five suggestions to help you supercharge a successful campaign. MORE>>>


NEW YORKER INTERVIEW: AL PACINO

The New Yorker does long, slow, deep interviews with fascinating artists and entrepreneurs. Here’s one that I couldn’t put down: MORE>>>



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