Nellie McKay

Nellie_mckayFirst heard Nellie McKay's (Pronounced mĭk – kīz) music at a Wizard Academy seminar.  I agree with Roy Williams.  We'll be seeing a lot of this young lady.

Some lyrics from Inner Peace - © Nellie McKay (From her debut album "Get Away From Me" (2004).

But then it hits you, then it kicks you
then you realize you’re not unique
and you ignore it, you implore it
just to let you turn the other cheek
don’t wanna think about the schools in Bosnia
don’t wanna sing about food in Somalia
I don’t need this, I don’t see this
all I want is inner peace

She's a vegetarian and member of PETA who grew up in Harlem.  "It needs to be relevant. If it isn't, I'll stop doing it," she explained on a breezy July night in Harlem's Lenox Lounge, sipping on her usual Diet Coke. "I want to be in touch."

One of the emerging musical voices of the millennial generation.

More info and lyrics (some MA) at 

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A Meme

This meme was passed along to me from Scott Hodge.
Definition of meme.

What is the total amount of music files on your computer?
Dell Dimension 3000 (home)
Songs: 1957
Capacity 80.0 GB
Available 41.0 GB
Total Songs: 8.77 GB

What is the last CD I bought?
Genius Loves Company – Ray Charles

What was the last song I listened to before reading this message?
Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac

What are 5 songs that I listen to often or mean a lot to me?
The Rose – Bette Midler
With Arms Wide Open – Creed
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For – U2
Glory of Love – Chicago
Cleanin’ Out My Closet – Eminem

OK, not really, let’s see #5 is . . .

What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong

I might change this list from time to time. Hard to leave Joe Cocker, Sinatra, Coldplay, Jack Johnson, Judy Collins, et. al. off the list.

Bonus: Favorite ChorusAnts Marching, Dave Matthews

Take these chances
Place them in a box
Until a quieter time
Lights down, you up and die

Who am I going to pass this on to?
Mike, Kristin and Abi

Ants Marching

AntsFor some reason, some of my favorite lyrics

(c) Dave Matthews

He wakes up in the morning
Does his teeth bite to eat and he's rolling
Never changes a thing
The week ends the week begins
She thinks, we look at each other
Wondering what the other is thinking
But we never say a thing
These crimes between us grow deeper

Take these chances
Place them in a box until a quieter time
Lights down, you up and die

(click link below for the rest of the song)

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iTunes vs Napster

Napster2ItunesI saw the Napster ads during the Super Bowl.  Their "Do the Math" theme was interesting.  The pitch compared downloading 10,000 songs at iTunes at $1 each to one million songs at Napster for $15 per month.  Clever and expensive ad.  Which leads me to a couple of questions -

1. Was it a waste of money?  If Napster has a better deal than iTunes won't that spread on the net like wildfire at no cost to Napster at all?
2. Did anyone else think that Napster was less than forthright in their comparison to iTunes?  To me, it wasn't clear from the ad that I only kept those downloads as long as I kept the monthly "rental" payments flowing.
3. Would you rather own your tunes for $1 each or rent the lot for $15 per month?
4. What assurance is there that the rental fees won't escalate after I "load" my mp3 player?  (Napster downloads won't work on an iPod).

Here's some other discussion on the topic over at Max Blumberg's blog.

Anyway, it's an interesting marketing case study in progress.

The Times They Are a-Changin'

Dylan_1Bob Dylan penned some great lyrics.  Check these out and see if they speak with even more clarity than when first released in 1964.

To hear a sample <-- Click there.

Come gather 'round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You'll be drenched to the bone.
If your time to you
Is worth savin'
Then you better start swimmin'
Or you'll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin'.

Click 'Continue reading' for the rest . . .

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Live Like You Were Dyin'

Country superstar Tim McGraw (husband of Faith Hill) is the son of former MLB star pitcher Tug McGraw, a key player for the 1980 World Champion Philadelphia Phillies. He never knew Tug was his daddy until he was 11 years old. Tug died in January, 2004 at age 59 from a brain tumor. Tim recently released "Live Like You Were Dyin'." Check out the lyrics here.