Archive for the ‘Revolution in Arts and Media’ Category

Letter to ArtandSeek

December 6, 2017

Letter to Art and Seek: I gave you the lowest rating. Here is why.

Lowest rating. Artandseek does not cover progressive Texas and Dallas musicians, painters, writers, filmmakers, dancers, etc. or the issues connected with them. Instead it blocks them from coverage. My 25 years of reporting on the arts and media in Dallas has proven that to me. For the most part any innovative artist in any field has left Dallas for places more conductive to innovative people.

KXT-FM blocks the new music, the national music revolution, and the new Dallas progressive musicians leading it. Instead it plays music that fits a rigid marketing format (AAA). KERA blocks news of the new music, art, writers, media, etc. Sadly the few extremely talented people left in Dallas have been marginalized or just brushed aside.

Artandseek, has not spoken out for
1. Fair reviews. Seems to support press releases more than solid journalism, and covers puff pieces more than real issues.
2. Fair pay. Artandseek has not advocated for fair pay for all the artists in Dallas.
3. Innovative work. Artandseek praises the followers and ignores the innovators.
4. Artandseek has not opposed the consolidation in the arts from thousands of companies into around 10 – ex. 3 CEOs (all men, no women) control 80% of the music industry and have forced virtually every Texas musician into working for about minimum wage at their craft.
5 Artandseek will not talk about the protests in the arts, and the progressive activists leading the change, even when they originated here in Dallas.
6. Artandseek will not stand up to bad media coverage of the arts or the dwindling art coverage from the Dallas daily or the weekly papers.
We are left with press release journalism, that never covers issues in the arts such as: no protest songs allowed on any mainstream radio in the US, public domain mess or why isn’t Mickey Mouse in the PD, political book deals with massive advances, Hollywood makes millions but theater workers make lowest wages allowed, 3 CEO’s control 80% of music (Warners Universal Sony) and 1% of musicians make 70% of the money… etc. etc. etc.
7. Artandseek does not cover online artists, and their innovative work, websites, protests, etc.

Dallas, and it’s musicians, painters, writers, filmmakers, actors, dancers, craftsmen, etc. etc. deserve better.

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

MAIN Website
http://tomhendricks.us/

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Lift a Finger – literally!

December 2, 2017

Lift a finger, literally!

Right now no artist outside the corporate few, is getting fair reviews. Time for you to give your review by lifting a finger – literally. How?

Lift a finger and click on ‘LIKE” on the music, videos, books, art, film, that you like.

By literally lifting a finger you help a lot. You help the artist know that he is being recognized for his work, you acknowledge that you appreciate his effort, and you further his career.

So come on, lift a finger. That is NOT asking too much. Like 10-50 times a day, every day. It will do you good, and help the artists you like, a lot!

For those who want to go further:

Here’s some other things you can do.

1. Pass the word that about 6 giant media companies have done great harm to all the arts. Example: music, radio, concerts, music media, and music online. Just talking about it helps all artists everywhere.
2. Support the Dallas arts and media revolution, or anyone else that is actively against all this.
3. Contact your favorite news site and ask why they won’t talk about the arts revolution.
4. Support Pennies for Play, a way for any musician to stream music for pennies on his website without any middlemen.

Thanks, from all artists everywhere.
Tom Hendricks
(editor of the 25 year old zine Musea)

MAIN Website
http://tomhendricks.us/

My Happy Birthday Song

November 24, 2017

Dear Musea Readers,

Just released a short short youtube video where I play my Birthday Song. See it here, and add your comments.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udBT8n_WsAE

MY HAPPY BIRTHDAY SONG
There was some scandal and a lawsuit declaring that “Happy Birthday to You” was NOT in the public domain. Judge said it was. So for now it is. But never mind, I’ve written a birthday song, and I’m putting it in the public domain right from the start. That means anyone can use it for any reason they want.
Here are the lyrics. I’ve written two sets of lyrics. The first is the 2 verse version, the second is a shorter version. Choose whichever you like or any combination of lines you like. The music is only 4 notes in a row, C,D,E,F. so it should be in anyone’s range.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY. Full Version. (See Blog for Sheet Music to this.) 1.
Happy Birthday! Happy Birthday!
May all your wishes come true.
Happy Birthday, Dear Dear (Your Name).
Happy Birthday to you!
2.
Happy Birthday! Happy Birthday!
Blow out the candles, do!
Happy Birthday, Dear Dear (Your Name).
Happy Birthday to you!
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY. Simple Version.
1.
Happy Birthday! Happy Birthday!
Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday, Dear Dear (Your Name).
Happy Birthday to you!

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Sayings of Editor Art (on everything!)

November 23, 2017

Can’t live in the past – but you can visit!

I wasn’t born in Texas but I got here as quick as I could.

Hollywood is great at blowing up things – specially budgets

You don’t hit people you love. You hit people you want to control.

There are two media, 1. that props up a few mega corporations with press releases disguised as journalism, and the other that reports on what you want to know.

Bacteria were the first Earthlings to land on other planets.

Every couple is crazy but somehow they make allowances.

Great fashion is both style and substance.

I don’t mind ghosts, they don’t take up any room.

Journalism – part of the job is to keep thinkgs in perspective instead of going off on a new tangent/scandal every 2 week.

The Three Music corporations (Warners, Universal, Sony control 80% of the music industry) will sooner or later buy up or shut down any successful music start up.

I’ve read books on art history but no one talks about smiles. It took centuries before painters allowed subjects to smile in their portraits. The evolution of smiles in painting is a key development in art.

I hate flashbacks – nothing changes.

Let books memorize, you learn!

Don’t beat your head against a wall. It’s not good for the wall, and it knows better.

Universe in the Basement, phrase that means the universe within each of us with it’s endless boundaries.

A beauty that comes from a passion for life.

Whoa, there are now more writers than readers!

The brighter the light, the darker the shadow.

Yes honor your ancestors but the last think you want to do is honor their racism.

No meaning to life? Then you make one up, and the fact that we can means something!

Should the music media cover what they want to promote or what we want to hear?

The 3 Major record companies have sewed up vinyl production.

Two kinds of scenes in movies, the first moves the plot along, the second spotlights the actors.

Two kinds of fashion, the first is the basics, t-shirts, pants, underwear, the second is dress up clothes and accessories.

Radio is playing what they want to promote, not what we want to hear.

Teens listen to me. You are supossed to be miserable during these years. If you are you are right on track and perfectly normal. Just ride the storm and get help when you need it. Your life will get better.

If a painting becomes too precise or too finished looking it becomes prissy.

Media to victim: “What question can I ask you to make you cry on air?”

Media, First there was four word journalism, where you asked, “What do you think?” Now it is worse. It is, “What do you feel?” journalism.

Why is anybody living in Houston, haven’t they been there before?

IF the origin of life was difficult then we are most likely not here. If the origin of life was not difficult then we are most likely here.
The fact that we ARE here suggests that the origin of life was most likely not difficult.

Musea, the most progressive publication in Dallas for 25 years.

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Willie Griffin’s Song, “I Noticed” and video.

November 22, 2017

Recently I made and posted a new video on youtube that spotlights a song by Willie Griffin. It was released on my 12 By 12 record label (mid 80s). More about his song later. But first some background.

Willie Griffin is a sensation now for record collectors. There are two reasons why.
He wrote great songs, and when he recorded them, his guitar was waaaaay out of tune!.

That and the fact that he released so few records, make each one highly desirable. A 45 recorded by him, “I Love You”, went for $887.77 a year ago, with 17 bidders driving up the price.

With all this interest, I thought I’d share the song he put on one of my co-op record company albums. For each album, we had 12 musicians/groups who recorded 12 songs. Then we assembled all the recordings on one LP.

Each group paid 1/12 of the cost and got 1/12 of the records made – 500 copy limited release. That’s why the name 12 By 12.

The youtube video I made is for Griffin’s song and recording ‘”I NOTICED”. It, like his others on youtube, is a great song with that terrible out of tune guitar.

https://youtu.be/zEzkI-fIn70

Hear the song, see the cover, and decide for yourself, before all the rare copies are scooped up by collectors..

Then go hear his other songs on youtube:
“I Love You.”
“Where There’s Smoke There’s Fire.”

Tom Hendricks
(for everything else see my website tomhendricks.us )


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