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Daily and WIP Update: 2010-06-15

Let’s see.  What’ve I been up to lately.

The Norton’s Ghost book trailer is out.  It appears to meet with approval, so that’s definitely a good thing.

I’ve been doing planning for FUTURE. I don’t normally outline, but due to the nature and scope of this story, I think it would be a pretty good idea to try this different approach with my writing.  As I wrote last week (I think), I just wish there was a convenient way to measure how much progress I’m making.  It feels like slow going, but right now I’m squeezing in the work whenever I can.

I’m also due to begin edits on MOROCCO.  Eeeep.  I hope it’s not as terrible as I fear.  With any luck, there are good little story nuggets and tidbits lurking in there and the bad parts won’t be as bad as I think they are.

And if the above weren’t enough, I devoted some time last night to musical pursuits (including figuring out some things in Logic Studio) and am now to vacate the computer in favor on doing some research reading.


Funny I Mentioned That

I wrote the other day about getting an ebook copy of a work whenever you buy the print copy and that this could also apply to CDs and MP3s.  Lo and behold, I saw this article today: How Download Cards Connect Physical Music to its Digital Future:

Enter download cards. The foreign slips of paper and plastic started showing up all over record stores at the beginning of 2007, each scrap entitling the owner to a full MP3 download of the record they just bought. Now fans could take the songs on MP3 players without hunting for illegal downloads or buying the album again on iTunes.

I hope that more labels adopt this and that it spreads to other mediums.

I need more time in a day

Someone asked me yesterday where they can hear some of my music. I had to tell them “nowhere… yet”.

Soon.   Soon.

Which Is More Damaging? Oil or Filesharing?

Which Is More Damaging? Oil or Filesharing?:

RIAA plaintiffs are seeking 1.5 trillion dollars in damages.  How much does BP owe?

via twitter.com/ThisCJ

THE SITUATION – In Washington , DC…




THE SITUATION – In Washington , DC , at a Metro Station, on a cold January morning in 2007, this man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, approximately 2,000 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.
After about 3 minutes, a middle-aged man noticed that there was a musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds, and then he hurried on to meet his schedule.

About 4 minutes later:
The violinist received his first dollar. A woman threw money in the hat and, without stopping, continued to walk.

At 6 minutes:
A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again.

At 10 minutes:
A 3-year old boy stopped, but his mother tugged him along hurriedly. The kid stopped to look at the violinist again, but the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk, turning his head the whole time. This action was repeated by several other children, but every parent – without exception – forced their children to move on quickly.

At 45 minutes: The musician played continuously. Only 6 people stopped and listened for a short while.
About 20 gave money but continued to walk at their normal pace. The man collected a total of $32.

After 1 hour:
He finished playing and silence took over. No one noticed and no one applauded. There was no recognition at all.

No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the greatest musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, with a violin worth $3.5 million dollars. Two days before, Joshua Bell sold-out a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100 each to sit and listen to him play the same music.

This is a true story. Joshua Bell, playing incognito in the D.C. Metro Station, was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and people’s priorities.

This experiment raised several questions:
*In a common-place environment, at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty?
*If so, do we stop to appreciate it?

*Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context?

One possible conclusion reached from this experiment could be this:
If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world, playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments ever made …
How many other things are we missing as we rush through life?

Click here to see the footage.