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Re: “Flyer's Memphis Music Foundation Story Draws Fire

I agree with both the article, and subsequent follow up coverage. The Flyer got it right! The commission/foundation, like any other SOCIO-POLITICAL creation(s), is ONLY created to monitor the collective efforts of the music community as a whole. They'll monitor it, try to control it, kill anything that didn't originate with them, attempt to take it away, and then claim all the credit. And for those of you who are not in the click, just look up the word 'nepotism' and understand how it's going to apply to you if they ever get any real power. Let's just call this another thinly veiled attempt at getting their collective hands in the Memphis Music cookie jar: "Firehouse Studio, America Records, Chips Moman" Verse II. It took years for the industry to stop laughing at us after that one! In the words of Ronald Reagan, rest his soul, "There you go again!"

Dean Deyo's comments on "creating talent" are ludicrous. They further illustrate the arrogant, simplistic, out-dated, ignorant perspective - and total lack of understanding - of their roles and how the industry is evolving, with respect to the Internet, iTunes, MySpace, downloads, et al. (Hey Dean, I'm of the opinion that GOD creates talent. We all just market it.) Very simply put: rehashed rhetoric proposing yet another misguided application of an old modus operandi to an industry that is undergoing nothing less than a complete paradigm shift is futile! I realize that our self-appointed 'leaders' aren't under normal contraints, since they aren't spending their own money like those of us in the business. Rather, they are spending OUR money, while proposing bringing in people from the OUTSIDE to COMPETE AGAINST us and get part of the rewards of the growth that we have all been working so hard to achieve since it was screwed it up by politicos the last time.

As a professional in the music industry both in and out of Memphis for over two decades, I can honestly say that neither of these entities has had ANY positive effect whatsoever upon my livelihood. The national industry has changed in so many ways, but Memphis remains the same as ever. This is simply another case of a government/social organization trying to get into a business - in this case a most lucrative business - that should be left to commercial interests and entities. (What will be next, Day Care? Wait, they're doing that already, too!)

Memphis already has some world-class entities and individuals (studios, production mgrs., producers, consultants, etc.) here who already have major credits, contracts, and contacts in the industry, and are more than deserving of investment and tax abatement. I just don't think these self-appointed 'leaders' will utilize locals because they'd have to relinquish some of the credit - and control - in the long-run.

I'd encourage every individual in music to with-hold participation and support from these entities, as any success by them will inevitably result in less control and market share for the rest of us. Mark my words.

Woody Degan

Posted by Roy on 10/03/2007 at 1:52 PM

Re: “Flyer's Memphis Music Foundation Story Draws Fire

I agree with both the article, and subsequent follow up coverage. The Flyer got it right! The commission/foundation, like any other SOCIO-POLITICAL creation(s), is ONLY created to monitor the collective efforts of the music community as a whole. They'll monitor it, try to control it, kill anything that didn't originate with them, attempt to take it away, and then claim all the credit. And for those of you who are not in the click, just look up the word 'nepotism' and understand how it's going to apply to you if they ever get any real power. Let's just call this another thinly veiled attempt at getting their collective hands in the Memphis Music cookie jar: "Firehouse Studio, America Records, Chips Moman" Verse II. It took years for the industry to stop laughing at us after that one! In the words of Ronald Reagan, rest his soul, "There you go again!" Dean Deyo's comments on "creating talent" are ludicrous. They further illustrate the arrogant, simplistic, out-dated, ignorant perspective - and total lack of understanding - of their roles and how the industry is evolving, with respect to the Internet, iTunes, MySpace, downloads, et al. (Hey Dean, I'm of the opinion that GOD creates talent. We all just market it.) Very simply put: rehashed rhetoric proposing yet another misguided application of an old modus operandi to an industry that is undergoing nothing less than a complete paradigm shift is futile! I realize that our self-appointed 'leaders' aren't under normal contraints, since they aren't spending their own money like those of us in the business. Rather, they are spending OUR money, while proposing bringing in people from the OUTSIDE to COMPETE AGAINST us and get part of the rewards of the growth that we have all been working so hard to achieve since it was screwed it up by politicos the last time. As a professional in the music industry both in and out of Memphis for over two decades, I can honestly say that neither of these entities has had ANY positive effect whatsoever upon my livelihood. The national industry has changed in so many ways, but Memphis remains the same as ever. This is simply another case of a government/social organization trying to get into a business - in this case a most lucrative business - that should be left to commercial interests and entities. (What will be next, Day Care? Wait, they're doing that already, too!) Memphis already has some world-class entities and individuals (studios, production mgrs., producers, consultants, etc.) here who already have major credits, contracts, and contacts in the industry, and are more than deserving of investment and tax abatement. I just don't think these self-appointed 'leaders' will utilize locals because they'd have to relinquish some of the credit - and control - in the long-run. I'd encourage every individual in music to with-hold participation and support from these entities, as any success by them will inevitably result in less control and market share for the rest of us. Mark my words.

Posted by Roy on 10/03/2007 at 1:48 PM
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