Archive for August, 2017

The Art Market

August 31, 2017

Many times I have railed against the art establishment. Maybe it’s time to hear from another voice.

Here is a video by “Adam Ruins Everything.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSdbASDdwU4

Tom Hendricks, editor of Musea
tomhendricks.us

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Public Domain

August 31, 2017

Till Mickey Mouse is in the Public Domain, corporations control the government. Disney tells the government to jump and they say how high Mickey?

This video by “Adam Ruins Everything” explains why nothing is in the Public Domain anymore, and why that is not good.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiEXgpp37No

Tom Hendricks
tomhendricks.us

My 1,800 Song

August 24, 2017

Composed my 1,800 song last month on July 25.

When I write a song, I write the music first, later the lyrics. This song is just music now. The working title is ‘Take A Breath”. This (c) song, #1800, is pictured below.

When telling people about my compositions, I usually say something like this. Without a hit song you don’t have much of a music career. With one you have one for life.
Just look at all the one hit wonders that YOU know about. Then I add, how many famous musicians do you know that have never had a hit song?

Then I would go on to say this. With all my songs (rock, pop, country, folk, rockabilly, bossa nova, classical, jazz, instrumentals, etc. etc. We can find one to fit your taste. For starters, I’ve got over 200 videos on youtube, 9 CDs streaming all over the net, just look.

Then I would usually add that there are very few good composers out there. 99% of musicians should no more write their own music, then build their own cars to get to their concert hall. I am one of the few that has a proven ‘record’ made over 50 years.

But NOW I say:
FORGET WHAT I SAID, NOTHING MATTERS, GOOD MUSIC IS WASTED, NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE YOU DON’T HAVE A CHANCE!!! (and that message deserves every cap.)

That is the current truth with 3 CEOs that control 80% of the music industry. When the world decides music deserves better and has had enough of the way that the music business is now – Radio is just ads, concert tickets are a rip off, the music media is just press releases, awards shows seem fake, online streaming sales never get to the musician, music never changes, always the same few promoted over and over, and there is never news of the alternative to all this – then a hit song will count.

Till that day comes, we can only BAND together to help all musicians. The choice for you is clear – either support 3 old men, or support everyone else.

Quizzical for 8/17

August 24, 2017

The answer to, and winner (if any) for, our last contest question of:

When was London in San Francisco?
IS …
JACK London was born in San Francisco in 1876, so London was in SF in 1876.

Yeah I know it was a trick question and sneaky! I had no correct eligible answers. Seems you neither crossed the Golden Gate or the Tower Bridge to get to the other side on this one. I don’t dumb down so please wise up.

Now on to a new Q.: Win a copy of any of my 9 CDs, or copy of one of my artworks IF you are the first to …

E-MAIL ME AT THIS ADDRESS: tom-hendricks @ att.net(remove blanks of course) with the correct answer to the following art question .

DEDICATION: These contests are dedicated to my sister, Peggy, who answered more of the questions correctly than anyone else.

QUESTION;
Peter Tork, an official Monkee member said that when the producers were getting the cast for the TV show of the same name; they actually thought of using a working known band for the part of the musicians. They auditioned a well known rock group of that time, but it didn’t work out. Seems their playing was fine but acting was not. Name the band that didn’t make the cut.

FINE PRINT: The CD prize is only available to those with mailing addresses in the US. Foreign winners will have to settle for the miniscule fame alone, and the satisfaction of a job well done. But don’t forget you can listen to all the music , read all my writings, and see all the art, whether you win or lose – and I’d be glad if you did!

Readers, IF you like these puzzles and would like to resend them to friends, post them on any newsgroup, or any website, please do so. The more the merrier! For all things TH, (music, art, writing, Musea, etc) see tomhendricks.us

Tom Hendricks
(editor of the 25 year old zine Musea)

Poems of Love

August 19, 2017

You’re mad at me
but your eyes falter
there’s still enough love
to get us through

words stuck
in her throat
she hesitated …
he is lost.

I would look out the tower window
and smile at the handsome young men
who crossing by would wave to me.
(Inspired by Tsang Chih , 6th c.)

Her touch
like a painter’s brush
swept across my arm.

why is your head
bowed?
There are no stars
on the ground.

now each step
we take together
makes our bound
that much stronger


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