Another excellent article about Spotify.  They don't realize that music is their product--the music they get from musicians by paying much less than Apple Music and Amazon for example.

A publisher that represents Tom Petty, Neil Young and others has sued Spotify fo $1.6 billion dollars claiming that works were improperly licensed and artists were not fully compensated for the use of their works.

See Variety for the article.

That's a lot of money.  From what I've seen Spotify pays less to musicians than other streaming companies. It's unfortunate because they have an excellent interface.


Just a few days after I wrote of Joni Mitchell's unique genius, a long article titled "Joni Mitchell: Fear of a Female Genius", appeared which addresses how her genius has been underappreciated, most likely because she is a woman.

I think the article is too long but it does get into the evolution of her music and how she slowly slid into becoming the brilliant musician/songwriter than she is.  There is little about her youth that would have predicted just how far she would go and how many people she would take along with her for the ride.

There are also interesting anecdotes about other musicians and her relationship with them.

Check it out here.

It's a little strange that my last post was about Joni Mitchell's song,"The Sire of Sorrow," which was from her Turbulent Indigo album.  It's strange because I've just learned that a biography about her, Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell, written by Syracuse University professor, David Yaffe, is coming out on October 17, 2017, and it sounds like her life had and continues to have more pain and sorrow than I previously thought.

I heard her say in a previous interview that she didn't do a lot of drugs, but this bio makes it sound like she did.  It also suggests that her current problems with Morgellon's syndrome may be related to that.  She has had many other health problems including polio as a child and brain trauma in 2015.

While she often has this image of being a kind-hearted earth mother, she was accused of beating her housekeeper who got a $250,000 settlement.  Well maybe the bitch deserved it and she just had a good lawyer.  Who knows?

Her personal problems aside, I have thought for many years that she is a genius as a songwriter and musician, a woman who could put words and music together in an almost magical way to create vivid stories that always had meaning on multiple levels.  She carved out such a unique place for herself that there will never be another Joni Mitchell--not even close.

I feel fortunate that I lived on this planet at the same time that she did.

With the massive destruction of Hurricanes #Harvey and #Irma on the front page of the news, it's a great time listen to one of Joni Mitchell's masterpieces.  It's a song about God's cruelty to man or perhaps His perceived indifference to our suffering. It's called The Sire of Sorrow (Job's Sad Song) and originally appeared as the last track on her Turbulent Indigo album.  Another version appeared on her Travelogue album.  They are both worth a listen.  I've have listened so many times.

Two new lawsuits claim that Spotify has engaged in staggering copyright infringement.

Hollywood Reporter has the details.


When it comes to marijuana, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is the real dope.  He wants to send us back to the days of prohibition when billions of dollars flowed into the hands of Mexican drug lords and thousands of young Americans have the lives ruined by an ignorant "war on drugs."

CNBC provides the details.

When you listen to Brandon Rogers, MD from Portsmouth, VA sing on America's Got Talent, it's hard to believe that he was killed in a car accident before he could move on to the next round.  What a loss to both music and medicine.

FREE digital downloads of my album Billion Dollar Pill are currently available on Bandcamp.  Starting on the 8th of each month, until I turn it off, there should be 200 free song downloads.  Once those are used up, the songs will require purchase until I get 200 more free downloads on the 8th of the following month.  So please take advantage of this and let me know what you think.


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