The Music Modernization Act, which was supported by both parties in Congress, was signed into law by President Trump.

The Music Modernization Act, which received complete bipartisan support, most notably guarantees that songwriters and artists receive royalties for songs recorded prior to 1972. It also creates a new organization -- run by publishers and songwriters -- that’s tasked with identifying copyright owners and paying them their royalties if songs are played on streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music. Overall, it establishes a new standard for setting digital royalty rates for songwriters and publishers.

It will take some time to understand the details.

For a very funny, informative look at today's pop music, watch this video.

 

The Relative Minor Blues Backing Track album is now also on Bandcamp.

It's always fun for a musician/songwriter when somebody is listening to your music. And getting people to listen is not an easy task, at least not in the beginning.  I'm happy to report that last week my music was streamed in 21 countries on Spotify. That's fun, not to mention encouraging.

My Relative Minor Blues Backing Tracks are now available on CDbaby.com as well as all other music streaming platforms.

My latest release, Monotony Drone Meditation, is now available in most outlets, including Spotify and iTunes/Apple Music.

I have just released a 2-disc album called Major Betty Blues Backing Tracks.  It contains 12 bar blues backing tracks in all the major keys, at both 90 bpm and 110 bpm.

They are great for practice and improvisation and a fun way to learn the 1, 4, and 5 chords in all the major keys.  You can also practice/improvise on the scales and build your confidence and ability to voice chords in all the inversions.

The album is available in all the usual online stores  like Amazon, iTunes, cdbaby and Bandcamp.  It is also available on all major streaming platforms and YouTube.

A sample track has been uploaded to the music page on this site.

I have just released a 12-bar-blues backing track for musicians to practice and play along with.  It's in the key of E, using major chords E, A, and B.  It will soon be available on streaming.  It is currently available on CDbaby.com and Bandcamp. This track is 100 BPM.  There will be a 80 BPM version very soon.

 

Sir Elton John, a true giant and pioneer in the music industry, wishes people would write better songs.

I wish the same thing but I think that listeners drive the market more than he's acknowledging.  If people listened to better music and paid for it, the songwriters would certainly write more of it.

So the first step is to stop dumbing down the population.  And unfortunately pop culture is one of the most potent forces in dumbing down the population.

Sadly, writing smart, challenging music, can drive an audience away in record time in today's world.  It's not like it was in the 60's when Sir Elton came of musical age.

So just Stop It!

See SPOT run.

Spotify opened at $165.90 using a direct listing model, which is different from most IPOs. There were no banks underwriting the offering. The stock closed down from the high at $149.01, more than 10% below the opening price.

Insiders can also trade the stock like anybody else because there is no lockout window as with most IPOs.  That means that the early investors could sell their shares today to members of the public who choose to disregard the fact that Spotify has never turned a profit.  Last year they lost almost $500 million.

It is concerning that they lose money when they pay musicians so little per stream. How will they make a profit when forced to raise their rates?

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