Yesterday in the Irish High Court, a judge ruled that there was no law presently available to him to force ISPs to cut off users who used the ISP bandwidth to illegally download and share music for free…not just a song or two but on a commercial basis. This is a very serious issue…and possibly the end of the recorded music business. It’s wrongly criticised by people who haven’t thought it through as being just about ‘fat cats at record companies, who ripped us off in the past, so sod them!’ The fat cats ripped the artists off too but in those days that route was the only option open to an artist or to a songwriter who depended on the artist to record his/her song. Now, even if you’re an independent artist putting out your own records on your own ‘label’, it’s hard to sell enough units to pay for the cost of recording. Read More
Don’t forget the upcoming East Coast US gigs in October!
20th Madison NJ, USA . Madison High School, 170 Ridgedale Avenue
22nd Cambridge, MA. USA . The Somerville Theatre
23rd Albany NY (with Maura O’Connell), The Swyer Theater, The Egg
24th New York City (with Maura O’Connell),BB King Blues Club.
For Ticketing, venue and showtime info see the tourdates page on http://sierrab.wpengine.com
Ever since I entered the realm of music lessons as a child I was left in no doubt as to the superiority of Classical over popular music…that people like Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart, Bach, Schubert, Brahms, Dvořák…the list goes on…were superhuman Gods who dropped on to the earth, had miserable lives and then disappeared leaving the human race with incomparable gems never to be surpassed…when they weren’t just taking already existing folk tunes, arranging them and then calling them compositions, of course!Read More
Another Eurovision Song Contest has come and gone and I’m scratching my head wondering what this is all about? As a musical phenomenon it long ago lost all credibility. I think when Lordi from Finland won it a couple of years ago that was the nadir, though Ireland’s Dustin the Turkey did his bit to turn the whole thing into a joke.
What is at stake in this ‘competition’? National pride? Hardly. No one really cares any longer about Eurovision songs except the participants, the tabloid media and a rash of Eastern Europeans who obviously want to tell the world that they’re as hip as everybody else and spend most of their lives clubbing. Anyway most of the songs have no characteristic that links them culturally to the country they ‘represent’. Old Europe, as the Americans say, is profoundly bored with it all.Read More