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Videos

March 9, 2019

Videos? Maybe it’s time to give them a rest and get back to the audio, the music!

When you have to spend thousands to make a video, that means 99% of musicians can’t have careers. It’s a way to keep the music corporate, generic, and bland. TeXas Video Showdown, the worst video ever made, on purpose; protests all this and the fact that only 3 men control the music industry (CEO’s from Warners, Sony, Universal) When was the last time you heard a musician protest anything in the music business?

What if you are a great musician, but you don’t want to spend 100 thousand on a video?
What if you are a great musician but don’t like teen pop that always sounds the same?
What if you are a great musician but you don’t support the 3 CEO’s that control the music business?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKQUeB6srlA

Sayings of Editor Art!

February 23, 2019

Sayings of Editor Art, editor of zine Musea, since 1992.

Cause we’re living on the edge
of the ever present now

I am an unconfirmed bachelor

My computer is so old it makes a beeper look progressive!

Some days put up with us,
other days coddle

CBAs are a one time economic stimulus to end all poverty without spending a penny.

Too many here treat Texas musicians as provincial followers not progressive leaders.

Saying you don’t believe in science is like saying you don’t believe n math and you’ve got a better way to add and subtract.

One way to tell a great painting is that it either enchants or upsets.

Time to separate the sheets from the ghosts (true vs false)

If you’re going to paint with a palette knife, why stop there – use a rock!

Bumper Sticker: Astronomers help yo see stars!

Placebo effect means M&Ms are a wonder drug.

Safe news is journalists that attack scandalous people instead of powerful corporations.

Music industry now: not thousands of companies trying to make the best music but but three CEOs that only promote their safe in house brands.

Journalism should inform not alarm.

Why are men shown as idiots in ads?
Women do the shopping and advertisers know that.

Needle in a haystack?
Find it with one match!

On recording Pet Dog Guitar:
less ukulele, more 12 string!

The main music media talks about the music they want to promote, not the music we want to hear.

Support musicians more than 1 at a time.
Support all of them with the music revolution.

Living beings are not a hodgepodge of assorted mutations.
They are a system with a direction toward better nurturing, protection and reproduction-child care.

Which side of the curtain are you on?

Physics is often more unbelievable than miracles!

Are the Rolling Stones finally gathering moss!

Thinking how to type
Thinking what you write

There may be insight in looking at the body as 3 separate systems: Nurture, protect, and reproduce.

No matter what you think is important, this is what your body values: nurturing, protection, reproduction.

Q T ╥

Boomers brainwashed with brand loyalty by 3 TV networks and one city newspaper; while millennials have thousands of sources and brands. The allegiance to a few big corporations is over. That is good news for all of us.

No miracle rivals the strangeness of physics!

When the ice thins the plot thickens.

It is not that the universe is made up to get to us;
it is that we are adapted to what was here to stay in existence.

Musea since 1992 – more ideas than you can shake a …
baton, paint brush, or pen at!

He’s so tough, he wrestled an alligator and let it have the first bite!

Pregnant Robot!

Be kind to your little brother.
You may need a hostage or sacrifice some day!

Build up / nurture / anabolic like
Break down / protect / catabolic like.

When Warner, Universal, Sony, don’t sign you – you have no chance. When Warner, Universal, Sony does sign you, you will be lawyered out of your money and you have no chance.

What can you do? Something! Anything! Just about anything you do will help!

2 1/2 minute songs are taut dramatic and well structured. 4+ minute songs ramble, repeat, and over stay their welcome.

KXT is an AAA radio format Anemic audio from automatons! /affected.

Rock ‘n Roll was never meant for adults.

Not a singer-songwriter, not a band, something in between, something new!

Time for a change not a formula.

Q. Do you play on all your records?
A. Do you really think that’s a studio musician?

Fashion magazines with Hollywood stars on the cover are about promotion, not fashion.

He had a PHD in “Smarter than You!”

Liking a post is literally just, lifting a finger!

When they tell you to give 110%, tell them 80% gets more done!

He knows just enough to get it wrong.

Not a singer-songwriter, not a band, something in between, something new!

Free markets without restraints means rich people win.

Simplify! Simplify! Simplify! …
Simplify x 3 …
Simplify …

Known for all the arts – media, social issues, and science ideas.

Two New Music Videos, Basket Girl, and From Me To You

February 19, 2019

Dear Readers,

Please see my youtube channel page for two new videos.
Basket Girl, is an original with Red Riding Hood overtones.
From Me To You, is the Beatle classic.

For both, I recorded the guitar separately, then sang live, to get a better mix. You will not be surprised to find there is no auto tuned vocals!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrCw_wCm3xVof0YrHQhvvLA

Tom Hendricks,
ed. of Musea

Pan and Zheng (short short story)

February 5, 2019

Pan and Zheng

1.

This is a story by Shao Baojian. I have changed the details but it turns out the same.

The setting is a mid sized, smog filled, city; in a medium sized country with a quickly growing population.

Some old people there remembered a time, not too far back, when it was against the law to show affection in public. Yes, women could cuddle their children, and old men could embrace and hug after being reunited, but no more than that!

Now public displays of affection between a man and a woman was allowed, but frowned on as being forward, or foreign!

2.

Picture at the end of a half paved road, crowded with tiny stores, and multi family houses, a small apartment building.

This building was somewhat bland and unadorned, but well kept up. It was rectangle shaped, two story, and had ten apartments. Eight of those were families and two housed singles.

Looking at the front of the building the two singles lived on the upper floor on the far left side. Second from the end lived a bachelor named Zheng Ruokui. And at the end was a spinster named Pan Xuee.

Each morning the two would meet on the stairs on their way to work. He would speak first by saying, “Good morning,” with a pleasant smile. Then she would respond by asking, “Going out?” with another smile.

These were the only two sentences anyone in the neighborhood ever heard from them! And that is all the more surprising when one learns that some living here were gossips of the first rank!

3.

Pan was a woman in her late 30’s or early 40’s. Her cute features had lost a little of their softness from age. Her skin had tightened and her muscles had gotten leaner from repeated work. Her face was oval with balanced features. She had a fine complexion, pretty teeth, big eyes, and rich black, long, straight, hair. Her build was a bit skinny and fragile looking; but she was always ready to roll up her sleeves and lend a hand to the neighborhood.

She worked at the big flower shop on Western Street, the wide road that led to downtown.

Zheng was in his mid 40’s. He looked older with a bit of a stoop, black rimmed glasses, messy matted hair, and always a breakout or two on his face, that he’d scratch. He had medium height and weight with, narrow shoulders. His fingers were long and thin, and he often held his hands behind his back when he talked. But he was also bright, alert, and he had a way of telling news with a laugh, like it was a story.

Zheng worked for a theater chain. The job of his team was to paint murals on the walls. There wasn’t much originality in the work, because he had to follow a specific pattern that was the same in every theater.

Besides a movie now and then, Zheng didn’t go out much. He liked to stay at home and read, or paint watercolors. Many hung on his walls, and one had won him a prize in an amateur painting contest.

His room had a narrow bed, two straight backed chairs, a large and a small table, and in the center against the thick wall that he shared with Pan, a very large bookcase as tall as a man.

Those who came to his apartment always commented on the huge bookcase. It stood out. Besides books, magazines, and letters, the bookcase had a shoulder high shelf in the middle, near the top, that was perfect for displaying his precious flower vase.

He owned a blue translucent, family heirloom, flower vase, that he made sure was always clean, polished, and filled with fresh flowers.

4.

One cloudy drizzly day Pan and Zheng met on the stairs, talked as they always did, and separated. That was the last time they met.

Later that day, Zheng was painting on a scaffold when his heart beat became irregular. He called for help. His co workers rushed him to the hospital, but he lost consciousness and died in route.

Soon everyone at the apartments had heard the awful news. Zheng had died. Pan said nothing but her eyes were very red and puffy.

5.

People brought flowers to remember Zheng. The largest bouquet was from Pan. A few days later she quickly packed and suddenly moved away.

One week later family, friends, and neighbors, came together to go through Zheng’s belongings. They were surprised at what they saw.

Dust was layered on everything except the blue vase. That was sparkling clean and full of still fresh, white, chrysanthemums.

When some of the men pulled the large bookcase from the wall they got another surprise. Behind it was a door – an elegant, big, red, door with a bright polished brass handle!

Tongues wagged! The place buzzed like a beehive – noisy with the news that quickly passed through the crowd!

As people talked, the mood changed, and those who had felt kind respect for the bachelor; now felt betrayed; as if he had secretly made fools of them all, and had led a double life …

But then just as quickly, came another surprise. A boy tried to open the door. The brass handle was flat and smooth as the wall itself. So was the frame and the hinges!

The door was painted on the wall!

When Major Brands Fail, Everyone Wins

January 14, 2019

When major brands fall, everyone wins!

Boomers got most of their advertising from 3 TV networks and a single local newspaper. So the companies that controlled ads on those outlets became major brands, got mega big, began to lobby and then control the government as they pushed out competition.

But Millennials don’t have that brand loyalty because they didn’t have that concentrated brand onslaught – and they look to the internet for info, not the networks, not a local newspaper.

That break down of major brands means, a breakdown of major corporations that have ruled too much for too long; and in doing so, they have more and more limited everything to control more.

Specifically in the arts, this change will go a long way in opening the door to thousands of companies competing in music, publishing, film, media, etc. etc. etc.

Look to a break down of the big, and an opening door for all the rest of us.


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