November 15th, 2003

Wedding day

Power Underneath Despair

So ultimately it ends rather badly and for reasons nobody but me could possibly piece together because, well, nobody but me is me. It's too bad because I'd like some help understanding it. I tried that route about a year ago, and it only made things worse. The other route (plop, plop! Fizz, fizz!) was equally unworkable, in that it makes me want to justify the problems I'm trying to eradicate. That's not supposed to happen. In the end, Chicken Little was right, after all. I sincerely believe that no one will notice.

I promised myself that I'd never post lyrics on my LiveJournal, but here they are, both inspiration and premature conclusion:

Wings Wetted Down
by Albert Bouchard and Joe Bouchard
©1973 B. O'Cult Songs, Inc.


Flights of black horsemen
Soar o’er the churches
Pursued by an army of birds in the rain

None of them can see the clouds
The polished wings don’t care
Animal ways through the hazy
Dreams full of pain

Wings wetted down
Stumbling on the ground
It all turns around
In the end, the end, the end

The voices sound deadly
Sometimes I hear
Echoes of empires
Spread throughout the sky

Wings wetted down
Stumbling on the ground
It all turns around
In the end, the end, the end

Flights of black horsemen
Soar o’er the churches
Pursued by an army of birds in the rain

Wings wetted down
It all turns around
It all turns around
In the end, the end, the end
  • Current Music
    Blue Öyster Cult -- Wings Wetted Down
Wedding day

As long as I'm making altogether too many posts to my journal...

This is making me angry for some reason.

I'll summarize, so you don't need to click the link. CNET.com has acquired part of MP3.com. MP3.com's artist information will not transfer, meaning that as of December 2, 2003, I'll be the only one doing online distribution of my music. This is both blessing and misfortune to me.

MP3.com hasn't really done anything appreciable for me in the last two years. They were fantastic when they started, but as the company got bigger, they started trying to offer too many services. Eventually they were bought out by Vivendi Universal who started cutting the services the company was offering. Unfortunately, they cut mostly the wong things. Those of us not signed to a major label lost a lot of promotional avenues. Britney Spears, David Bowie, Alanis Morisette, and other artists you've heard of received expensive online promotion which they didn't need, and which their fans mostly ignored. Those artists whose sole distribution was through MP3.com were costing the company very little, and (until Vivendi Universal came along) pulling in a fair amount of revenue. If MP3.com had been floating in dangerously shallow waters, Vivendi Universal ran the company straight into the ground.

Being forcibly freed from MP3.com finally puts me into a position where I need to do my own promotion. I should've been doing this all along, but I can't stand advertising. I don't get a choice now, and that's probably for the best. Once I cash my next royalty check, I'm done with them.
  • Current Music
    The Laziest Men on Mars -- The Terrible Secret of Space