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SherylIn honor of Sheryl Crow performing in Wichita on Tuesday, I’ve composed a letter using her song titles:

Dear Sheryl,

I’ve been a fan for a long time. Ever since the beginning, when all you wanted to do was have some fun.

For a while, I even thought I was strong enough to be your man. By that was my favorite mistake.

So, when leaving Las Vegas, I found that every day is a winding road, and took your advice to soak up the sun.

Oh, but, ouch! That first cut is the deepest, indeed! So I decided to go home, if it makes you happy.

Well, much to my dismay, there goes the neighborhood! Thank goodness you’re always on my side.

So if you’re wondering, much like Steve McQueen, where has all the love gone? I can tell you this:

C’mon, c’,mon. Love is free.

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one of my feeds comes from techcrunch. this morning it linked to this blog and a long polemic about artists and pirating music, a little dirt kicking and crying into pillows. rather than repeat what i read, i just want to post my comment. if you find that interesting, read the article. then read comment 6 by cliff gerrish who keeps the blog echovar. love his before you vote: 20 questions for day one article from april 5.

in response to reducing back to art at blackrimglasses.com:

“… i totally agree with cliff gerish. sidenote: i had a conversation once with a musician friend in which he said, “where’s your drive to get work into galleries? you only make stuff when it’s time for christmas or birthdays or funny envelopes for friends.” i told him i could care less about making art for an audience. after school, my production hasn’t slowed, it’s just made when it’s made when i want to make it. it’s freeing to make things for friends and family or posting drawings to my blogs. the thought of putting something together for the masses makes me creatively impotent.

the musician friend said, “don’t you want an audience?” gross. annoying.

i told him that to me, the philosophy of art and the business of art were two separate things. in my opinion, it’s quite a responsibility to call ones self an artist. although i have an art degree and work in an art museum, i still have a hard time calling myself an artist. it feels silly. but i’m completely embedded in the culture. i read and write and go to openings and draw on napkins and sometimes paint and other time post pictures to flickr and it all feels like the same thing and i love it and would continue to do it with or without an audience. if left alone a desert island without formal tools or people to applaud/purchase/love/hate i would eventually have to build something and create. my friend was dumbfounded. he said, “but i have something to offer the world an i feel like they are missing out if they don’t experience it.”

for other reasons we are no longer friends, but this was such an irritating thing to hear i should have seen it as foreshaddowing. art is a religion. it has a tribe. and there are infil-traitors amidst us who would’t think to bang two rocks together without a recording device to collect their sounds or a public to clap and swoon. or monetary kickbacks. it is what it is. it’s conversation. it’s breathing. it’s calories in calories out. it’s a force and i am bored with the notion of marrying it to some mode of income. it makes it not fun anymore. i make a living teaching people about art. i don’t have to make it making. i’m satisfied creating and if someone likes it or finds it funny, great. but it doesn’t determine my next move …”

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Be sure to checkout THE NETWORK a six-piece New Wave Band comprised of members of Punk-Rock band Green Day. The Network released their debut album Money Money 2020 on the independent record label Adeline Records on September 30, 2003. A collection of songs about scoring drugs, supermodel robots, space aliens, and Masturbation that blend elements of 70’s punk with 80’s new wave.

This album kicks ass.

If you are a fan of either Green Day or Devo, you will love this album.

In fact, I probably like it better than most of Green Day’s albums.

The album is available on Itunes for $9.99.



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