The media is all abuzz the past couple of days over new “Social Media Policies” that some entities are issuing. Mainly it has to do with some NFL teams and now ESPN (see link) saying that their players / employees cannot tweet (or Facebook for that matter) as freely as they would probably like.
In the case of the NFL teams, it’s more a matter of not wanting the teams / coaches tweeting from the sidelines and possibly revealing secrets. Slightly understandable. But the ESPN order is a classic corporate land grab. In their minds they own their broadcast personalities and any opinion or word they have on sports.
Both entities in this case should make the lawyers and bean counters sit down and just listen (or get a Twitter account, for that matter). Celebrities / personalities that tweet are drawing fans and the curious in droves. This is not only interesting for the fans, it connects them with the personalities and encourages them to be a part of their activities and endeavors (i.e. fans are more likely to buy things like tickets, merchandise, subscriptions, etc.).
So, if ESPN and the teams would cool it they might find that the players and personalities that are “utilizing social networks” will bring them more revenue. And they don’t even have to pay them more! That’s a heck-of-a deal –- count those beans :).
Who’s your favorite celebrity / personality that you follow on Twitter?
A little change of pace this week. I’ve played you eight new original songs in-a-row so I thought it would be fun to do a cover. This is the first Garth Brooks song I learned to play. It’s very James Taylorish so it fit me just right. It was written by Garth and Victoria Shaw from the album Fresh Horses.
She’s Every Woman
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I was writing a song with a friend recently and we started talking about beautiful Bible verses. Today, as my recommendation post, I thought I’d give you a few of my favorites. These are meaningful for life as well as beautiful language — kind of how I’d like my songs to be 🙂 — that’s a tall order to live up to!
This week I’ve got a new song that I wrote a couple years ago with my friend Chris Roberts. Chris is in the band One Flew South and is an all-around great guy. I’m actually going into withdrawl beacuse we haven’t written together in so long :).
Olivia and I love to go to estate sales, but they can be sad sometimes. This inspired us to write about “Pictures hanging on the wall.”
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So the schedule is all messed up this week! It makes for more fun, though…normally you get a “YouTube Sessions” on Monday, “Just My Opinion” piece on Wednesday, and a review / recommendation on Friday. But I just finished the YT Session last night so it will be up tomorrow night. Oh the joys of fitting it all in!
Had Smith (Elektra/Asylum Chairman of the Board Joe Smith), in the course of running the company, ever discussed commercial direction with Mitchell?
“You don’t tell Joni Mitchell what to do,” he said.
Oh my, how have times changed. The music business used to be filled with people who wanted to serve the ideals and even whims of artists. Now artists grovel at the feet of anyone who will give them the time-of-day. Don’t get me wrong, there were always businessmen who took advantage of musicians, but today, people who make deals are king.
Can’t we bring the artist back? I don’t devalue the work and talents of dealmakers and businesspeople. I think marketers are vital. But it should all be in service to the music. And where does the music come from? The artist. Let’s give them some room and some honor and see if we don’t get better music.