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Hillbilly Views: Open Letter to My Beloved Grandson

http://hillbillyviews.blogspot.com/2015/01/open-letter-to-my-beloved-grandson_25.html

"By the end of February, the situation in Alabama was becoming very tense. Jimmie Lee Jackson was shot by a policeman and died several days later. His crime? Trying to protect his mother from being beaten. By the first week in March, the news was traveling and the big confrontation was in motion. A white minister died because he dared to join and side with the demonstrators in Selma. People in Berea were aware of events in Alabama. Everyone was trying to keep up with the news. People talked about what was going on down there. Finally, a decision was made to join with the demonstration in the final push toward the Alabama capitol steps in Montgomery. I would be a participant; I would be on that bus."

The picture here is of the family homestead.
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Just in case there was any doubt... #DrDreisaHypocrite.

#Musicians, check your #digital #distribution reports. #BeatsMusic - #DrDre's and #Apple's $3 Billion marriage - is streaming your music to trial members to build their customer base and paying you NOTHING.

SPEAK UP!
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Testing out my brother's Galaxy Tab S for the first time. Not used to it, yet, but I am loving the way Google+ comes out on it. I think I'm in love. If only I could get used to the keyboard...
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Pair it with Plantronics Back Beats Pro and you'll be happy. 
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Apple, Beats Music, and Artist Royalties: Why I Am Calling Out Dr. Dre

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I wanted a simpler hashtag - something that would be easily memorable, not take up too much precious characters in a tweet, and yet capture the entirety of my argument. Well... While it ticks off the first box, I can see how it falls shor...
#DrDreisaHypocrite I wanted a simpler hashtag - something that would be easily memorable, not take up too much precious characters in a tweet, and yet capture the entirety of my argument. Well... While it ticks off the first ...
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#DrDreisaHypocrite Dr. Dre is an icon who has built an amazing career as a rap artists, producer, and entrepreneur. Admittedly, I'm not a Hip Hop Connoisseur, but I can still appreciate who he is and what he has done for the music industry. After Apple purchased his company - +Beats by Dre - for $3 Billion, I admit that my first reaction was to be happy for him. I don't begrudge anyone their success...

....provided it doesn't affect MY pocketbook or ability to make a living. Streamers already pay notoriously lousy. Streams from Spotify have been averaging 4 hundredths of a cent. They don't pay much, but at least they recognize they have to pay me something.

+Beats Music has been streaming my album for MONTHS and paid me EXACTLY ZERO. (I have the streaming reports to back it up.) According to my aggregator (CD Baby), when customers sign up to Beats Music for trial membership, Beats Music does not pay artists for any streaming during that period. Translated...

Beats Music is using MY music - and that of countless other artists - to build up their client base and NOT PAYING A DAMN THING.

Artists who have access to their streaming reports need to CHECK THEM. Look specifically for Beats Music and see how much they are paying you. If you are receiving nothing for your work, YOU NEED TO SPEAK UP.

Beats Music - as you know - is owned by Apple. If they become the dominant streamer - and they have deep enough pockets to undercut the rest of the competition - their practices WILL BECOME THE STANDARD. (Hence why you sell your music on iTunes for 99 cents and they take 35 off the top.)

Now is the time to call them out and SPEAK UP.
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Good question. Unlike the rest, I get the streaming reports from Google directly (which comes in spreadsheets and are a little harder to get through). From what I've seen, only the sample previews have been played as opposed to full streams.

I honestly hope they aren't playing the same game, because I actually LIKE Google!
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Dear #Musicians and #Artists , particularly those who use +CD Baby - Google+​:

Go to your Member profile and check your accounting information. CD Baby is allowing +Beats by Dre​ - the same streaming service that was just purchased by +Apple Inc.​ for $3 Billion - to offer our music on their platform as part of their "trial membership period" WITHOUT PAYING US FOR IT. No compensation whatsoever unless presumably streamed by a paying customer. Gratis. FREE. Even Spotify gives me 4 hundredths of a cent.

Check it out and then ask yourself why you are supplying your hard-earned work at no cost to a MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR CORPORATION.

#DrDreisaHypocrite  
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First real snowfall of the season.
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Update on Apple/Beats Music Royalties... Well... Kind of.
My October statement came in. Gotta love it. Beats Music gets to use MY MUSIC to entice new potential customers and they don't have to pay me ANYTHING. There's big money to be made in the music business... and the TECH companies are the ones making it. How ...
My October statement came in. Gotta love it. Beats Music gets to use MY MUSIC to entice new potential customers and they don't have to pay me ANYTHING. There's big money to be made in the music business... and the TECH compan...
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Wild guess where I am. On the bright side, I'm having a good time playing with my brother's Galaxy Tab S tablet. Already figured out how to do a few things.
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Google Voice is... not great. But its integration in Hangouts is very good.
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#DrDreisaHypocrite -  Here's the story of how ‪#‎BeatsMusic‬ - Dr Dre's brainchild - streamed my music without paying for it. If it is happening to me, it is happening to other musicians. It's time to speak up!

Fellow musicians: Check your streaming reports! Beats Music is not paying for music streamed to consumers during their "trial membership" periods.

‪#‎Apple‬ ‪#‎BeatsByDre‬ ‪#‎streaming‬ ‪#‎digital‬ ‪#‎distribution‬ ‪#‎piracy‬ ‪#‎hypocrisy‬ ‪#‎music‬ ‪#‎musician‬

Here's the link:

http://www.kareempowell.blogspot.com/2014/11/apple-beats-music-and-artist-royalties.html
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I needed a pick-me-up... so I made a video playing a Dierks Bentley tune in the style of Jim Brickman. (It's their birthday.) Enjoy!
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Pianist; Owner, Sunstrike Entertainment
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Pianist, music director, and all-around musician.
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Released album "Reflections in Black and White"
Education
  • Florida A&M University
    BS Music Ed, 1995 - 1998
  • Indiana University
    MM Theory, 1999 - 2001