Nelson Mandela

On this day back in 1990, Nelson Mandela walked out of the prison gates. A free man again. After 27 years in jail. A hard jail. Writing or receiving one letter every six months. Imagine that! He was released and … Continued

USA Supreme Court

This has nothing to do with the music business, but I am very proud of the Supreme Court of the USA after they legalised Gay Marriage and also a major part of the ‘Obamacare’ health plan. Some days there is … Continued

Bizarre and depressing

This is bizarre… According to Digital Music News, Spotify is worth more than the US recording industry… Spotify is valued at $8.4 billion, which is calculated by Wall Street Journal, based on an upcoming, $400 million+ capital round led by … Continued

Stealing

I am very pleased that Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke have been found guilty of stealing from Marvin Gaye. Copying a song and then claiming to have written it is pretty shabby to say the least.

Poignant

We used to talk about how great a new record was, and how it compared to the last record, or how we had heard a great song, or how good a band was the night before, or about a great … Continued

Brazil – little note

Brazil. Where I happily live. Sadly the corruption is rampant at the top, and seems to begin at the top. The presidents of the Senate and the House are being investigated for corruption in the Petrobras scandal. The president of … Continued

Reprise Records

Back in 1961, a man of vision, Frank Sinatra, began his own record label, Reprise Records. He wanted to retain more artistic freedom for his own recordings. A major principle of his label was that each artist would have full … Continued

20 Feet From Stardom

I am so happy that my dear friend Gil Friesen won a Grammy yesterday for the Best Music Film. I wish that he had been able to collect it, and share in the moment. Great film. Great man.

Alive Inside

Tonight we watched a brilliant film/documentary “Alive Inside”. It is a film that everyone should watch in my opinion, and especially everyone in the music business and above a certain age. Apple made an obscene profit this last quarter. If … Continued

Tom Petty and Sam Smith

I think that this statement by Tom Petty has so much class: “About the Sam Smith thing. Let me say I have never had any hard feelings toward Sam.  All my years of songwriting have shown me these things can … Continued