It’s about that time…

     I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I am not perfect, which is why I lean on the Son of God to help me each and everyday. Jesus was a leader, whether you believe in him being the Messiah, he was a leader who wanted to spread his agenda for the sake of the people. Jesus wanted nothing but for us to live in love and do as his Father told us to do. It was not about his power, it was not about his wealth, or fame or fortune. Why has this style of person gone out of style? My lenten covenant is to stop comparing my life with others and live gratefully. I want to live in MY lane, live in my gifts and blessings, and not live comparatively to someone else in their journey.
     As we approach the end of Black History Month, the past behind us, the future before us and the present in our midst, I want to acknowledge something; The individual is powerful. The sum of the whole is less than the sum of it’s parts in terms of the people vs. the governing structure. Governing structure does not only deal with our politics and government, but trickles down to our entertainment and education as well. When the power of the individual is met with the power of community, we begin to see results. Governing bodies have always wanted it their way to uphold their comfort while in power. But, what is this “power”? It feels as if we have been “trained” to believe that we have no voice, no say. The reason why we have hip hop today was because people didn’t want to be invisible and silent any longer, they couldn’t be, their lives depended on speaking up.
     Now’s the time. As we walk each and everyday into the future, we have to look and make choices. What community do we stand with? What do we believe? What is it, that, while we are alone, fuels us to get out of bed another day? Then we continue this conversation with ourselves, as we reflect, read, research and listen. I do not want to tell you how to think, just to think. I do not want to sway your view any way other than simply opening your eyes to a view that is not your own.
     So what do you think? What lane are you in? Where do you believe we should be? What are your gifts and blessings that could push us closer to that place?
*JB*
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Smells Like Teen Enron: Pandora Sues Songwriters Again. Why?

Interesting.

The Trichordist

Pandora is currently suing BMI songwriters over the rate it will pay for the next 4 or 5 years.

Pandora wants to pay 1.75%.  BMI songwriters would like them to pay 2.5%. In 2014 Pandora paid BMI $16.1 million dollars.   So basically Pandora is using the entire apparatus of the federal courts to get a reduction of less than $7 million dollars in 2015.  If it’s a 4 year deal that means Pandora saves $28 million dollars (Pandora growth has virtually stopped).  Court cases like this have typically cost the parties tens of millions of dollars.  This does not include the millions it costs taxpayers.

But let’s look at these numbers  in context to see just how ridiculous this case is.

(source for all of these charts are SEC filings and court testimony)

Pandora revenues in 2014 vs amount paid to BMI songwriter revenues  

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BMI represents about 48% of all…

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There is so much going on….

There is a lot happening in the world around us, and in our own little worlds.

It’s been a while since I updated the blog, and I knew I had to write to you whether I’m ready to write or not.

Between the Grammys, Chapel Hill Killings, Fashion week and everything else going on in our daily lives, it’s hard to keep cool, to keep a calm spirit, to have an open heart and open mind.

It’s time for us to make time for love.

Yes, love. Yes, I’m talking about it again. Art is made about it, we make it ourselves, we live in it and we nurture it or we ignore it.

Not just the Valentine’s Day love, not just the romantic love, but the understanding who you are and respecting that and radiating that kind of love.

We need to have these discussions. Why is there so much hate, so much cultural theft, so much confusion? We haven’t taken the time to listen to one another. That’s love. Anyone who has been in a relationship or is in one, failed or otherwise will tell you that one of the most important things is COMMUNICATION. It is not always vocal, it is not always loud, it is not always written. Communication is present always, just as love is.

Can we stop for a moment, just to take time to think about what we love about ourselves.

I will give you that moment.

Have you got it?

Good, now, do you realize that somewhere in this large universe, someone is reading this and thinking at the same time as you are? You are connected in that small way. The humanity in all of us is finding the small things that create our similarities. It’s so easy to spot the differences, to create a fake idea of superiority. But the work comes in the loving.

Will you be doing that work today, tomorrow, the next moment? I will.

In other news, we are launching our website on February 22nd. 22 is my favorite number! Until then, head over to soulnerds.com and sign up for our newsletter!

Peace, Love and Music

JB