Amorphophallus titanum bloom, 2009.06.18 8:41 AM, at the Huntington Gardens and Library, San Marino, California. Height 6 feet 8 in (2.03 meters).
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The opinion of most musicians I have met is that the music industry sucks. This is because the music industry sucks.
The first price the musician pays in order to play music is to endure the ramifications of the music industry, at whatever level. The second is to persist in failure. The third is to persist in success. The fourth is to endure the ramifications of the music industry at a new level. The only reward the musician receives is music: the privilege of standing in the presence of music when it leans over and takes us into its confidence. As it is for the audience. In this moment everything else is irrelevant and without power. For those in music, this is the moment when life becomes real. The concern of the musician is music. The concern of the professional musician is business. Only become a professional musician if there is no choice.
... I had no intention of returning to the music industry, having experienced at close hand the stupidity, vanity, jealousy, and greed that accompany success and its attendant income flow; amongst artists, management, record companies and even innocent members of the audience. Longer, wider, deeper experience suggests that I underestimated the dishonesty of artist management, record company cynicism and deceit, the capacity for self-deception among artists, and the sheer dopiness of those who nominally support the work of their favoured artists. This is not the bad news.
Within the sacred circle where music, musician, and audience meet, there are remarkable possibilities which, were we to fully experience the degree and extent that we miss the mark, might leave us weeping and knowing bereavement. If this were not itself sufficient tragedy, the meeting of music, musician, and audience in our contemporary culture is mediated by commerce.
THIS is the bad news.
In these strange & uncertain times, a reasonable person might despair. But hope is unreasonable; and love is greater even than this.
May we trust the inexpressible benevolence of the Creative Impulse.
The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There's also a negative side.
~ Hunter S. Thompson
because each one has a different sound