So we've nearly made it to the end of hot weather, sadly. Never enough of the heat for me, but spending my days inside an air conditioned office doesn't really help. I have managed some lovely days at the beach with lovely people, for whom I am so grateful (annemareewilshire.com ; palsheldon.com).
As the year stretches out it's long, lanky limbs over the horizon of winter, and I wonder what the hibernating months may bring me, I can't help but revisit a wistful dream I've had a few times throughout the past few years......is there a different way to think about music, about my place in music, my writing and the way it all works.
We all have websites and facebook fan pages and we tweet and we have newsletters, and we do all the things we're meant to, to build our fan base up, assuming that all those lovely people who've liked what we do are interested in hearing from us via all these mediums.
But seriously - there are very few people in the world I want to hear from that much.
Who do you enjoy hearing from? Which artists do you subscribe to twitter feeds and newsletters from? What makes your connection with them mean something - what makes it worth the read?
With the buzz about Amanda Palmer's TEDEx talk flying around facebook like crazy, I am still left slightly cynical about the long term sustainability of her approach...not that connection has a shelf life, but the idea that connecting will earn you a million dollars each time you ask for $100,000 to make an album. I hope it continues to work for her and her band, they deserve it, they've done their time touring hard. But I'm not sure she'll still be getting that response ten years from now. I don' t know - how much would you donate to your favourite artist if he/she/they needed to pre-raise funds to make an album, which they would give away for free once made?
Love to hear what you think!