Originally posted on The Attractor:
If you are like me, you probably catch yourself frequently falling into the ever-alluring yet emotionally-dangerous trap of comparing yourself to others. According to social comparison theory, we do this in an attempt to make…
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
BMI represents about 48% of all…
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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.
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Peace, Love and Music