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Easy Ed's Weekly Broadside

Gosh, I'd love to see musicians start doing commissioned projects for individuals. Take it back to the classical days when composers were hired by royals or private aristocrats to write music for a specific theme or occasion. Seems to be an interesting challenge and if it was good enough to get us Don Giovanni and the Magic Flute, I'd reckon it'd produce some stunning 3-5-minute tunes. Then again, having been a songwriter myself, I can attest to the impossibility of creating a song to fit a request. It's a different skill set, I think. But it'd be a fun challenge to musicians to tear themselves away from the ridiculous quest to become known for album-making, and remind them there are all kinds of contexts where music thrives. Probably a pipe dream, though.

Yeah, I think everyone kind of loses track of the jail cell that the conventional music packaging actually is.  Creativity doesn't have to be bound by 60 minutes of a CD.

Ed's reference to the New York series featuring Miss Tess and the Talkbacks reminds me how much I like Miss Tess's music -- and how she has struggled to find a "sound" that suits the distribution mechanisms available.  She's a veteran, a great singer with a great band, and should be heard more.

Sure good to see Chris and Herb playing New York. Chis is looking like a scruffy Father Time these days. Wow...a weekly series by EE.  Very cool!  I'll look forward and try to make sure some good L.A. artists come out your way!

Sure good to see Chris and Herb playing New York. Chis is looking like a scruffy Father Time these days. Wow...a weekly series by EE.  Very cool!  I'll look forward and try to make sure some good L.A. artists come out your way!

The great Eugene Record indeed!  His solo lp, "The Eugene Record" on Warner Bros. remains one of my all time favorite albums...the mp3 version is still available too..."Oh Girl", and the amazing "Have You Seen Her"...thanks for testifying for the Chi-Lites Ed...I wasn't in the Chi=Lites either, but I sure wish I could say I had been...looking forward to the new Jules, and Ryan Adams...and the Richard Thompson...

Enjoyed the musings, Ed.