Hot springs at Thermopolis, Wyoming
Photo by Clif Doyal, Hot Springs State Park -2004
"The Black Hole" - a short film
A sleep deprived office worker photocopies a “Black Hole” late one night - and suddenly the possibilities seem endless…
Large multi-purpose tool or ore stone
Locality: Stone County, MO., surface find in a wash near Spring Creek.
I have puzzled over this beautiful worked piece of flint rock for years ever since I found it in a wash along a creek bank in Missouri. While it is clear from the conchoidal fractures that it has been worked by human hands: It has several sharp edges consistent with a scraper or large knife used to work animal hides. But it also appears that it may have been an “ore,” that is, a larger piece of stone from which “spalls,” or smaller flakes, are broken off from in order to make arrowheads. Either way, it would have been a prized item to possess.
It has always been a passion of mine to look at things like this and ponder what uses it may have had in the hands of a Native American hundreds or thousands of years ago. ~Clif
First of all, this isn’t the first time I’ve had to do this but I apologize for the math. Whoever told you there would be no math was an inveterate liar, but I apologize anyway. What I wanted to get at, however, wasn’t some complex formula that had to be religiously calculated and weighed…
To whoever runs this blog or created this post, I have some questions for you:
Are you a creator, a working musician, or do you work in the music business? If the answer is no to all of these scenarios, then you need to state that right up front. If your answer is no, then your argument is simple conjecture.
Second, if illegal downloads benefit musicians so much, can you please explain to me why 90% of the songwriters who made a living from songwriting just a decade ago are no longer able to make a living from their songwriting?
There is no real justification for illegal downloading. If the songwriter and artist gives their permission, that is one thing. If not, then let’s just call it what it is: Theft.
I am a lifer in the music business, and I make my living helping writers and musicians to live their dreams, but it costs money to create, record and promote music — and the concept that downloading it illegally benefits the musician does not hold any water with me.
The old argument of “We are just taking money out of the pockets of the greedy big record labels and major music publishers” only worked for awhile (well it never really did). Today, more and more artists are independent, and more and more independent labels are able to do business because of the Internet. This argument is no longer about big cash-hungry corporations. It is about everyday people just like me and you who need to feed their families and pay their mortgage. The only difference is: they create the music that we love. So let’s support them when we can.
Music discovery is good, so here is a solution: Join Spotify for free, stream the track you want to hear, and if you like it, go drop the money to support the Artist. THAT is how a musician can benefit.
Anyone who disagrees with me is welcome to message me with their opinion (I will not respond to hate mail. Please keep it civil). I am not pointing fingers here, but there is a better way. ~Clif