Posts Tagged ‘Dallas’

Want to go to Mars?

January 20, 2018

Want to go to Mars?

Yes, everyone would be excited about a manned mission to Mars,
Yes, I love science, and have even written a huge sci-fi novel* that is a history of the future that features colonies on Mars. Yes, that would be great but first ….

The science community has to find some solutions for problems here on Earth. Solutions that end poverty,get clean food and water in abundance for all, end major diseases, devise low cost power, and combat global warming,

THEN, everyone will be on your side and behind you. Then everyone will cheer when the first rocket sails for the Red Planet, lands and returns.

First things first. Then go with the world’s blessings!

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

MAIN Website
tomhendricks.us/

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We All Agree Right?

January 13, 2018

Sure hope the music stays the same as we’ve had for the last 10 years. We need 10 more years of that music that is always the same sounding electric keyboards, drum machines, and auto tuned vocals. What music could be more original? Nothing should change. Music should never change! Sure hope there is no progressive music to challenge this teen pop by the handful of wonderful aging teen pop stars that the music media talks about over and over and over and over.

And above all else there must be no mention of the music revolution sweeping the country out of Dallas. We need the sameness that keeps radio so good on every channel, concert tickets so low and fun to purchase, streaming payments so high, awards shows that award the most promoted, and reviews that praise this safe bland music over and over. What we don’t need is music rebels that want to change any of this for the better!
There must be no one to question why the music sounds alike, why 1% of musicians make 70% of the money, why 3 CEOs that control 80% of the music are all men, with no women allowed, and why the musicians most love are marginalized out of careers. We must support the music industry that keeps 99% of musicians making minimum wage at best by selling a few CDs and t-shirts to half empty clubs.

Continue to support the very few at the expense of all the rest! We all agree right? … or do we?

Tom Hendricks
tomhendricks.us

Work Smarter, Not Harder

January 9, 2018

Work smarter, not work harder, says the motto.

My response, yes. Too often people advise others that hard work is enough. But that does not always work.

Here is an example: you go to a bank and ask for free money. They say no. Not working hard enough! You have to try one hundred, or one thousands banks!

This is a problem I see in all the arts. Musicians, writers, filmmakers, artists, etc., all not seeing that how much you work won’t change a system that has become unfair to so many.

Corporations, through media consolidation, have the upper hand in all these industries, and they push profit over quality. Work hard, and work smart. Rebel against the system or you are just asking banks for free money.

Many seem to settle for all the arts to be ruined because of business demands for profit. And they allow their favorite musicians, writers, artists, filmmakers to be marginalized out of fair reviews and careers. For some reason, too many now think that if THEY can search out and find an elusive great talent, that is enough. It is not.

Virtually every talented musician, painter, writer, filmmaker, etc that you have to search for, is making minimum wage. Great talent should be the most celebrated, not the most marginalized.

The history of art has never been like this before. The best art has always been the most talked about, written about, and reviewed. The entire art world is upside down. That is why the art revolution to change it.

Tom Hendricks, tomhendricks.us

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/

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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