Coal mining is a gaseous dangerous endeavor , and long before modern technology could detect dangerous and deadly gases , coal miners used canaries in cages . Down they went the bright yellow songsters into the depths .Canaries are sensitive to the presence of carbon monoxide ,and would stop singing , start swaying on their perches and even die ,when the levels of gas increased and the miners would hastily leave to save their own lives .
When the music industry entered the long dark tunnel of corporate approval , mining for talent only among the pop bubble gum and soft porn sell repetitve themes and beats for profit music , the canaries who wrote music and sang and played from their hearts and souls but didnt fit the mold swayed on their respective perches and almost died . Some did .
Music is the life breath and soul, of any culture and of the world . It precedes social and cultural movements and changes in history , mends the wounds of the hurt , and lifts in joy to rapture the hopes and dreams of the people. it is the energy from the ether that finds its spiritual and magical way thru the spirits of the musicians to the hearts and souls of the people . Controlling music for the public, for profit for the private , places artificial contraints on the spirit which nurtures our growth and development as a species , and harms in ways we cannot fully grasp . So when the canaries swayed on their perches , it was time to leave the coporate mine and the light at the end of the tunnel was the internet .
I remember ancient internet bulletin boards at YE OLDE Mp3 DOTTE COM , where people ranted on about how NO ONE was EVER going to download music from the internet and we were all crazy and wasting our time and spinning our wheels . I was just a listener , but there were only two or three of us so I was special and lots of early then but great artists now wanted my ears .
They could not stop making music, it was in their hearts and souls and spilling out of their throats like songs from canaries in the coal mines , and they made it beautifully and joyously , and I was thrilled and grateful and priveledged to listen . Even the early efforts that still required re writing or re recording were thrilling to hear . Partaking in the creative process was and still is pure undiluted joy for me.
And the Corpys became alarmed , angry and attempted more controls and restrictions and constrictions . Of course they did , life was changing and they were not ready ,and were not able to cope . They still are trying but to no avail and they have had to adjust or fade away into history . But the INDEPENDENT MUSIC INDUSTRY IS ALIVE AND WELL and has left the mine and the cage and is now singing quite happily in the wild internet . I even have my own radio station for indies !!!
Celebrating this triumph ;
Alison Wenham writes in an article in the INDEPENDENT ( and suffering no lack of serendipity ) which says
Today is 4 July, and there is no more fitting a date to hijack for the purpose of celebrating our independent musical history than the American Declaration of Independence. After breaking from the British, the Americans enshrined a constitution so all-encompassing in its vision of law, governance and society, that it has provided stability to a diverse and massive geography and population for more than 200 years. The 1776 Declaration of Independence remains one of the best-written documents on the characteristics and behaviour of tyranny – in the Americans’ case, of course, of the British King and the British Government.
It states: “That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive? it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organising its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness
You can read the rest of this lovely brilliant article here http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/music-magazine/last-word/how-the-will-of-the-people-is-creating-a-new-democracy-in-music-860371.html
She goes on to attribute the changes in the music industry to the will of the people and how freedon of expression is crucial to happiness . The article is a brief but beautiful read .
I dont think it is a stretch at all to compare what has happened and is happening in the music industry to what is happening in the political world today . more people are paying attention , and we are achieving freedom of expression and communication via the internet . we are leaving the long dark coal mine of coporate controlled politics and hype and spin of the media and relying on one another for the truth and freedom of expression and grass roots movements. We are not buying the marketed candidate and we are supporting one of our own , independently . I have lived those long years of waiting for things to happen to make it possible for indie musicians to be able to have careers without having to be “signed” to make it .
I look forward to and am happily waiting for the peoples true choice to be elected. I have participated in helping to begin to bring about that difference , and I look forward to participating in this one . We are in need of a new democracy , and not just in music . But music being the canary in the coal mine , I see it happily cage free and singing and am optimistic and have promising aspirations for the future , and know there will be music there as well .
That is just one of the reasons I fully and wholly support Hillary Rodham Clinton and why she is also one of my personal heroines , right up there with Amelia, Margaret Mead ,and Janis .