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Why I gave the National Association of Broadcasters, DiMA and CCIA the Shirt off my Back during Congressional Panel

July 22, 2014 Leave a comment

Vince:

Because it, like, toooootally makes sense that, in the digital era, songwriters are governed by a temporary law passed in 1947!

Originally posted on The Trichordist:

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Diverse group of Washington DC lobbyists.

The major webcasters and broadcasters decided to convene a nearly secret last minute congressional panel to urge Congress and the DOJ to keep in place the 73 year old “temporary” consent decree that forces songwriters to let companies like Clear Channel, YouTube, Sirius, Pandora, Amazon and Spotify use our songs without any negotiation whatsoever.  The consent decree also empowers a single appointed-for-life federal judge to arbitrarily decide what a “reasonable” rate  is for songwriters.   In effect we have been forced by federal courts to provide  subsidy to corporations that have a combined market cap of more than a trillion dollars.

As I demonstrated in this an earlier post  as a songwriter I received less than $17 dollars from Pandora for over a million spins of my song Low. 

http://thetrichordist.com/2013/06/24/my-song-got-played-on-pandora-1-million-times-and-all-i-got-was-16-89-less-than-what-i-make-from-a-single-t-shirt-sale/

How is this a “Reasonable” rate?

The panel was hosted by Greg Barnes of…

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25 Songs-25 Days – Day 25: A song you could listen to all day without getting tired of

June 26, 2014 Leave a comment

Aside from the grammatical nastiness in the category, I’m quite relieved to get to the last day of the 25 songs in 25 days challenge.

Not that it hasn’t been fun, but I do feel like it’s been a little pedestrian – I’ve had the odd day where I’ve been forced to think, but by and large the prompts just didn’t encourage me to look far beyond myself.

I love the music I’ve shared, don’t get me wrong, but just for one day I would have liked to have been asked something like:

A song you would suggest a sniper should listen to

or

A song that could possibly unfreeze Congress

or

A song that should be the only one that survives the human race

[It's Oh So Quiet by Bjork, Don't Worry Be Happy by Bobby McFerrin, and All You Need Is Love by The Beatles, respectively]

instead of

A song you listened to while painting your nails with your BFFs

Ah well, it’s the last day, so let’s go out on a doozy.

A song I could listen to all day – that isn’t one of mine and I haven’t shared already.

Hmmmm…

I haven’t shared any Godspeed You! Black Emperor yet and, as my original connection to this challenge came from Goldfish, it’s only apt that I amplify her 25th day song, because it’s mine as well – I am going to go one further and share two pieces, but as they flow together, I’ll count it as one.

I could listen to GYBE’s Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada all day, all night, all week, all year – quite happily. It has two movements, Moya and Blaise Bailey Finnegan III.

As I always say when recommending GYBE – take the time to drop into this ocean fully – you will find it dark and beautiful.

Onward!

Love-peace-trust

Vince Sig 131x89

Centre of gravity and playing the guitar

June 25, 2014 Leave a comment

Warning – this is a guitar geek post – go no further if you’re not interested in such matters.

I recently spent some time back on my Fender Stratocaster, a guitar I wrote about here, and that feels so incredibly comfortable. I was trying to work out why my strat (a long scale guitar), felt small to me, while my Telecaster (same scale length) felt much longer.

There are a number of factors that go into it, of course:

  • neck width – my tele neck profile is thicker
  • color – my strat has a rosewood neck, my tele’s is maple – as I look down, the lighter wood is more visible
  • radius – my strat has (I think) a 9.5″ radius, where my tele has a compound radius fretboard, which looks wider at the body, because it flattens out

But, of all the variables, I think it comes down to how each guitar hangs on the strap.

Believe it or not, I’ve spent the past few days paying a lot of attention to how I stand and hold each guitar.

On a strat, the strap button is above the 13th fret, on a tele it’s above the 16th fret. And because it has a longer body, my strat hangs kind of diagonally, putting the pickups in front of my right hip, so I tend to pick/strum closer to the neck pickup. Here’s Stevie Ray Vaughan and his strat (no picture credit, unfortunately), showing how the strat’s neck often ends up more diagonal and in front of the body.

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The tele, however, hangs more horizontal and puts my picking hand closer to the bridge pickup. Take a look at this picture (credited to Laurie Paladino) of The Boss

[who has been known to play a tele just a few times!]

to see how the telecaster hangs more horizontally and away to the side of the body:

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Angling the tele the same way as the strat feels really, really odd. Similarly, angling the strat to the horizontal feels just WRONG!

And, it turns out that the reason these guitars feel so markedly different in size, isn’t down to size, but instead to the fact that my left arm has to extend further out to reach the end of the fretboard on the tele – no matter what height I have the guitar on my body. Interestingly, I also notice that I ‘hunch’ over the strat more when I’m playing, like I’m coiling around it. This isn’t an uncomfortable feeling, it’s kind of warm and centered. I don’t get the same sensation playing the telecaster – it’s a great guitar, but just doesn’t have that mojo I get with the strat.

As I think about spiritual and physical centre, and striving to remain in balance with the energies within me and around me, this all seems to make sense – and perhaps explains why I feel like I’m coming home when I play my strat – or indeed why the guitar seems to have a life of its own.

Either way, it’s just another reminder of how blessed I am to have these instruments in my life, and how grateful for the music they help me channel.

Love-peace-trust

Vince Sig 131x89

25 Songs-25 Days – Day 24: A song that you have danced to with your best friend

June 25, 2014 Leave a comment

Well, today makes the 25 songs in 25 days challenge makes things easy.

My best friends

[note: plural]

and I danced to One Step Beyond by Madness whenever we got the chance – and still will whenever we get the chance. So, with a quick

Hey you
Don’t watch that, watch this
This is the heavy, heavy monster sound
The nuttiest sound around
So if you’ve come in off the street
And you’re beginning to feel the heat
Well, listen buster
You’d better start to move your feet
To the rockingest
Rocksteady beat
of Madness

One… Step… Beyond!

Love-peace-trust

Vince Sig 131x89

25 Songs-25 Days – Day 23: A song that you cannot stand to listen to

June 19, 2014 Leave a comment

Well, 25 songs in 25 days challenge, that’s a bit of sucker punch, isn’t it? You’re going to force me to listen to, and share, a song that I can’t stand to listen to

[and leave an internet trail of search terms based upon that song so I never hear the end of it!]

It really is not a fair move.

So, I’m going to be cute and say that there are no songs that I’m not willing to give a listen to, though there are some that I will turn off before they get to the end, usually because of lyrical content which I can’t endorse by my listening.

But is there any song I can’t stand to listen to, anything that puts my teeth on edge?

Nope.

So on Day 22, I’m consciously not sharing a song.

See you tomorrow.

Vince Sig 131x89

25 Songs-25 Days – Day 22: A song that someone has sung to you

June 18, 2014 Leave a comment

Yes, I like this category – doesn’t feel nearly as

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as some of those that have come before. Finally, the 25 songs in 25 days challenge gives me something to think about.

See, I’m mostly the one singing to other people, so it’s hard to immediately come up with a song that someone else has sung to me – directly at least.

Wait…

Dammit! I can’t share that one, because I shared it already earlier in the challenge.

And aside from that, I’ve got nothing.

So, I think I’m going to have to do one of my leaps of imagination and stretch the category a little – here’s a song that could have been being sung directly to me. From the moment I first heard it until this very minute, every time I hear it, Peter Green is singing Man of the World just for me.

Love-peace-trust

Vince Sig 131x89

25 Songs-25 Days – Day 21: Your favourite song

June 17, 2014 Leave a comment

I gave myself a couple of rules when I started out on the 25 songs in 25 days challenge

  • Not to use the challenge to publicize my own music
  • Not to look forward beyond the current day

So far, I’ve been good on both of these – so, even though I hadn’t looked down the list, I somehow knew that today’s category was going to come along.

My favourite song.

Favourite.

I can’t say I have one.

I have many.

Because it depends on my mood, what I’m doing, how I want to feel, who I’m with, where I’m going… Music is such a force within me, around me and between the world and I, that it’s impossible to pin down one song.

It truly is.

I know songs of my own that bring me tremendous comfort, where I know the source of the muse, and the healing the song provides in the writing, playing and sharing.

But I’m not sharing my own songs.

So, I can’t tell you the two songs of mine that probably are my favourite songs ever.

OK.

My favourite song.

No, one of  my many favourite songs.

This performance, of this song, simply because it breaks my heart every time, for how it slowly dawns upon the crowd

[whooping and clapping along merrily, annoyingly at the start]

that they are experiencing something quite, quite amazing.

Roads by Portishead – one of my favourite songs, a master-class in intimacy, vulnerability and art as connection.

Love-peace-trust

Vince Sig 131x89

25 Songs-25 Days – Day 20 – The last song alphabetically in your iPod/iTunes

June 16, 2014 Leave a comment

Couple of days off from the 25 songs in 25 days challenge – good times with family, supported by music, but not focused on music. But I’m back

[from outer space]

and, once again, going to iTunes to find the other end of my music collection. Ignoring songs that begin with numbers

[which can't be sorted alphabetically - alphanumerically, yes, but alphabetically, no]

the last song in my iTunes is Zooropa by U2:

Pretty cool live version from the 360-tour.

Love-peace-trust

Vince Sig 131x89

25 Songs-25 Days – Day 19: The first song alphabetically in iTunes

June 13, 2014 Leave a comment

And so we come to day 19 of the 25 songs in 25 days challenge, and the originator seems to be flagging.

[I wonder whether day 20 will be "flip open a page in the telephone directory at random, pick a name and see if you have an artist with the same initials - share one of their songs!"]

Oh well, here goes – sorting alphabetically by song title:

“A” Bomb in Wardour Street by The Jam

[which is a pretty cool pick, if I do say so myself]

Onward to the telephone directory!

Vince Sig 131x89

25 Songs-25 Days – Day 18: A song that you love but rarely listen to

June 12, 2014 Leave a comment

Given that I have days and days worth of music on my iPod

[yet always seem to have specific songs from Pink Floyd's The Wall show up when its set to shuffle]

there are many, many, MANY songs that could fall into this category of the 25 songs in 25 days challenge.

Here’s one that I just adore – and which could have been shared for any number of the categories – it gives me such a rush each time I hear it, though that’s the very reason I don’t listen to it too often… I don’t want to dilute that euphoria, nor over-indulge to the point of numbness.

But those drums!

But those chord changes!

But those vocals!

But those strings!

But those f**k you lyrics!

But that bridge to the chorus!

But that lift in the middle then the drop!

But right now? YES!

Love-peace-trust,

Vince Sig 131x89

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