Archive for August, 2014

Inside Llewyn Davis

Saturday, August 30th, 2014

Like any good story the movie, Inside Llewyn Davis, is rich with sub plots. The main plot is about a guy in the winter of 1961 struggling to make it in the Greenwich folk scene. If you add 10 years to the date you could be talking about me. Of course, 10 years later it was a cliche and like the line in the movie, “Folk music; it never gets old and it never gets young,” one accepts that each generation will embrace it or, at least, be aware that it exists.

The irony of what appealed to me is the guy dealing with the suicide of his musical partner. I relate to folk as something I can do solo and not have to count on band mates. Llewyn is stuck in a nasty cycle of being pissed off at being abandoned and pissing off everyone around him and thus incurring further abandonment. He himself abandons the cat. He flirts with the idea of visiting his newly discovered 2 year old child while driving through Ohio. He winds up killing a cat driving on the road and leaving the car and the sleeping owner of the car and his side trip to find his child, to take a train back to NY.

The question I’m left with is; is Llewyn abandoned by everyone because he’s unlikable or is he unlikable because he’s pissed off about being abandoned.


Sunday, August 17th, 2014

The last time I had my cholesterol tested the nurse who was assigned to discuss my numbers failed to make a distinction between hdl and ldl. I don’t know how much input she had into the prescription I was given but, since I’ve heard that there is an important distinction between the two, I felt it was a good idea to find out what the stuff was.

Unfair licensing Practices

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

Dear Sirs,
I’m writing to express my concern about certain music licensing practices that are unfair, and unnecessary, to performing and recording musicians. In this day of digital downloads where every sale is immediately tracked there is no reason to force recording performers to pay royalties in advance of sales. I am a composer/songwriter, myself, and I believe the writer deserves his portion of the sale but, he doesn’t deserve a percentage of sales that never happen. This antiquated system is still good for CDs and vinyl where a product is hard to track but, unnecessary and damaging to struggling performers.
Bob Stone