Special Guest – Peter Dale [A MUST LISTEN FOR STORE OWNERS] In the second half of this podcast Peter and I discuss the state of the music industry, the positives and negatives of bringing Classical music into your store (and some tips of what to look for), and some really amazing tips that he has learned over the years on how to improve your store’s sales. PLAY IT NOW! You won’t be disappointed.
As far back as I can remember I have dedicated a room where I have listening sessions with my buddies (or some company that has stopped by). In my new house it’s just off the kitchen in what used to be a dining room. It’s a simple room with a leather chair, couch and my stereo (in fact the one drawn on the GTV [GoingThruVinyl] fliers). This room is generally referred to by people as my “Stereo Room” and according to others there for pretty much one thing; to fill a need I seem to have for extrapolating useless information on unsuspecting guests while obscure records play in the background. If I had to guess, this need comes from my unusual want to control the music I hear in the background (the useless information I give as a bonus). For whatever reason, background music really matters to me and always has. Where ever I go, the major deciding factor of whether I having a good time or a bad time is the music in the background. People who know me have learned to either put up with it or in some rare cases enjoyed the music I gravitate towards. Through the years I have been able to enjoy innumerable sessions with many different types of people and have turned quite a few people onto some really great music.
If Marijuana means you’re mellow and chilled, and Cocaine means you’re jumpy and corporate, then heroin means you’re in for the long haul. Drugs have been a big part of the music scene right from the beginning, and no other drug represents “Suffering for the arts” more than Heroin. Heroin has been both demonized and glorified in the music media and it’s easy to see why. With artists like Iggy Pop, Martin Gore and Lou Reed walking around somehow being able to travel through the abyss and come out the other end. It’s not hard to see why someone might attribute the drugs that their favourite artist takes being at least a factor in what made them stronger, more creative or having lived a more interesting life than the rest of us. The draw for drugs like heroin seems to be a romantic one; one that has the unwritten promise of becoming a ‘troubled artistic genius’ if you just do it the right way. An idea that a zillion of the greatest artists in rock ’n’ roll have signed up for, just to be paid
Season 1 Episode 3(2 of 2): The day that music didn’t die (living in the times of the tribute bands)
We are living in bizarre times when pretend is replaced with words like virtual; where human organs are grown on the backs of pigs; people are able to move prosthetic arms with their minds; and everything on your computer will soon be stored in the Clouds. We are walking among kids who clock more hours in the ‘World of Warcraft’ or playing ‘Rock Band’ than they do living in actual ‘real’ lives. We now have more tribute bands touring then we do have original bands playing their actual original music.
If you were too young to see Led Zeppelin, why not go and see ‘Black Dog’ or ‘The White.’ If dancing the night away to ABBA is your thing, go see ‘Björn Again.’ Can’t afford Rolling Stone tickets? Why not go see ‘Hot Rocks’? Heck I even turned on the TV recently and saw a full TV commercial for a Beatles Tribute show called ‘Rain.’ There are literally thousands of Tribute Artists out there and I happen to think it’s great.