Tom and the Moon
Archive for August, 2016
Here is a collage of two paintings titled Boat and Forest
TEXAS VIDEO SHOWDOWN.
What is it?
A YouTube video that brings the music revolution to a boil. It supports all musicians, with a spotlight on Texas musicians, and does so in an innovative way. Here is the link to the YouTube video, or one can search these three words in quotes, “Texas Video Showdown.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZvMa2f33Wc
Who is doing it?
Hunkasaurus and HIs Pet Dog Guitar representing thousands of musicians. He says his video is the worst music video ever made, and it’s made that way on purpose. It is not pretty, or trendy, or well produced, or filled with famous people like those of the big pop stars, but it IS better music, because it’s just music – one take of one voice, one guitar, and one revolution. He didn’t even comb his hair. Here the music is a simple and fun challenge to the over produced generic corporate music of the sound alike pop stars.
Why limit music to only millionaire musicians with million dollar video budgets when the music is what’s important.
What should musicians and music lovers do?
Vote! Help all musicians by voting THUMBS UP on the video. That means lifting a finger and then bringing it down. Join our music revolt or start your own.
Time for all musicians and music lovers to take a stand. The choice is crystal clear.
Do you want music to be only about 5 multi millionaire pop stars, and stay as it is, or do you want to open the music business to thousands of musicians?
Will you support the musicians you know and love or are you for 5 pop stars making all the money and marginalizing all other musicians into part time careers? Let’s open music to all based on quality and talent again. Let’s make the best music also the most celebrated music. The great musicians you know and love cannot make a living on playing an almost empty club, or selling a few CD’s and a t-shirt. They need a fair chance. Support them and give them a real music career.
Music has jumped the shark, been reduced to 5 sound alike pop stars, shows no originality, hasn’t changed in 20 years and sounds like karaoke. Time for the vitality that change can bring.
Who are the pop stars?
The 5 main ones, though the list may add or take away one here and there, are usually Swift, Perry, Beyonce, Bieber, and the flavor of the month..
What will happen if I do vote? The music industry may be in for a big shakeup if enough people vote. Stand up for those who try to stand out, not fit in.
Before any musician can make a living, and music can become great again, we will have to work together to end the corporate music that has reduced all music down to so few, over produced, sound alike pop stars and their 3 mega music corporations (Warners, Universal, Sony.) That’s why I started the Texas Video Showdown, a video that brings the conflict to one point, one video, one challenge, one vote. So VOTE already, and be a part of music history. Thank you!
War is losing.
This article from medium.com says that war is on the decline, and the number of wars going on are limited to one area of the globe.
There is no reason not to think war could continue to decline. There is no reason not to think that war could end in our time.
I’ve said before: Remember the enemies of this country know that the quickest way to drain the strength of this country is to keep it in perpetual war. That saps our resources, standing in the world, best and brightest young people, and spirit. It also allows the government to silence many of it’s critics – which it often does in even small wars.
So what could replace war? First there are options to war. Here are 8 to start.
Before the US gets directly involved in any way, in any conflict or war, anywhere, we need to do the following 8 steps.
1. Let the combatants solve it – if they can’t
2. Let regional leaders and neighbor countries solve it – if they can’t 3. Let the UN solve it – if they can’t
4. US put pressure on combatants to solve it – if they can’t
5. US put pressure on regional leaders and neighbor countries to solve it – if they can’t 6. US put pressure on the UN to solve it – if they can’t
7. US put pressure on our allies to work with us to solve it. THEN and ONLY THEN should the US even consider getting directly involved.
8. But consider too that the cost of one war would end poverty in the US. Weigh the two options carefully. Would fighting this war really be better for US interests than ending poverty in the country?
Before we decide to do another war we should both consider what it does there and what it does HERE. Remember the cost of one middle east war would have ended poverty in the US through CBA’s community bank account. Which would have better protected the interests of this country- bombing over there or no poverty here? That’s the other side of this issue.
This video shows how the cost of one war would end poverty in the US through community bank accounts – by using the interest on the money, not the capital – a penny is never spent, but poverty is eliminated.