Lords, My Ladies of the Royal Court
'CIRCUS MONEY' Promo Vote
A worthy and able recording artist of a certain age, ever
handsome, ever spry...
let's face it: there is a certain tide in human affairs which,
when taken... that is to say, to every thing - turn, turn,
turn... or, to put it yet another way, fortune favors the
bold, chance favors the prepared mind, luck is for the lucky...
can see what the problem is here, I think. So let's just say
this: there is a time to "get down on it " and there is likewise
a time to "get up off it." And, as pertains to me and my long
rumored, closely held solo album, it is most definitely my
time to get up off it and send CIRCUS MONEY toddling out into
the world to seek its fortune.
Well past time, you may say, and quite rightly - and the fact
is that, were I on as friendly a footing with that malodorous
cigar-chomping uncle, Commerce, as I am with that fickle mistress,
Art - the album would have come out long ago.
is, I have taken a little extra time to wrest the thing away
from the "major label" who was at one time my sponsor and
establish a new relationship with the kind of right-on comrades
who will, I think, shape the future of the music business.
My new partners, and New-Paradigm Music companies of every
stripe, may eventually find a way to snatch defeat from the
jaws of victory and break all of our hearts, but they will
scarcely be able to do worse than their predecessors, "the
majors", in any way that I can imagine.
After the Revolution, in the ideal society of the future,
there may no longer be a need for any sort of "music business"
whatsoever, but in the dreary here and now, one must take
what actions are necessary to allow people to hear what one
has done and decide for themselves that it is, or is not,
great great music, wonderful work, a masterpiece, or whatever.
to do this, we must first recruit the attention of our worthy
audience and let as many as possible know that there is indeed
a new Work ready to be purchased, purloined, downloaded and/or
enjoyed freestyle, as the case may be.
In the Old Paradigm, this was known as "promotion". So, using
the existing nomenclature, what I need now is the core idea
for a promotional campaign, or at least the cleverest way
to start one. Said campaign must be a) whimsical b) somewhat
entertaining and c) congruent with, and expressive of the
values, virtues and sensibilities of the Work itself. It must
also reflect my understanding of the collective nature of
what constitutes a community of artists and music lovers who
are jointly participating in the ecstatic ritual of music-making.
I am presenting several models for promotional programs or
devices which we can use to make our music available to all
who might enjoy it. I am going to ask you to help me pick
the model which most appeals to you and in which you will
feel the most luxuriantly bathed in good feeling and musical
fellowship. And, in case none of the proposed models appeal
to you, or if perhaps you have come up with Something Better,
I will invite you to tell us all what exactly it is you have
in mind which is, how-to-say, way-cool.
- here goes:
campaign which kicks off with a "promotional stunt" - in this
case, it would be me faking or simulating my own disappearance,
abduction, or possible death. Such a stunt would be concocted
so as to evoke thematic and stylistic affinities with the
Odyssey of Homer, with Joyce's sandwich-chomping, soap-purchasing
perambulator of Dublin proper, with Samuel Beckett's unforgettable
"Murphy", with the eponymous hero of "Bunny My Honey" by Anita
Jeram, and with the Amelia Earhart, Judge Crater, and Billy
Eckstine affairs. Such a stunt would be roughed out to begin
with and then adjusted on the fly to make opportunistic use
of current events, real and imagined - bogus sightings, false
hopes, denunciation by skeptics, etc. I would have to be willing
to stay missing, abducted or dead for as long as it took to
obtain the desired attention and sympathy. This last bit is
the biggest flaw in this proposal, by the way, as it is exceedingly
likely that no one or almost no one will give a tinker's damn
if I go missing (me included). Should this be the case, I
would have to be prepared to re-emerge in some new persona,
some new identity, some new guise - or else move back to Polynesia
and/or go fuck myself. [Vote
full-on unprovoked internet-based assault on my enemies, who
are many - thus providing ample juicy prospective targets
for insult, ad-hominem attack, accusation, etc. [Vote
unprovoked internet-based assault on my partners, friends
and family members past and present, who are few and fewer
still by the day. [Vote
insanely complex and multipronged program of promotional freebies,
perks, giveaways, bonus tracks, downloads, meet 'n' greets,
etc. which would be dazzling to the sensibility and very nearly,
if not actually, Too Good To Be True. [Vote
well publicized DUI/disorderly conduct/resisting arrest bust
while driving sideways at speed on the Pacific Coast Highway.
This would include a gruesome jailhouse arrest photo and spectacular
meltdown in the form of vicious denunciation of the pernicious
influence of that certain vile cult who have taken over Hollywood,
the Military-Industrial-Infotainment Complex and Everything
Else - namely, the Babylonians. [Vote
everybody to build beautiful scale model pyramids honoring
the Legendary Fathers of Social Psychology (no ratrunners,
please), using info and materials provided on and through
my website. The pyramids would eventually be used to improve
the sound of my (or anybody's) new CD, and to keep razors
sharp. NB: for this one I would need the help of a Certain
Party who has so far evinced not the slightest inclination
to become useful to such an enterprise. Too bad - as Nabokov
Himself wrote, " It might be fun." [Vote
flattering puff piece about me by my producer Larry Klein,
for publication here and wherever else it could conceivably
be placed. [Vote
everyone a lot more about the album, the songs, and the musicians;
announce a release date; let everybody hear some of the goddamn
thing or maybe some of its many dub variants. [Vote
of the above - [Propose]
Seen! Take it, Drone...
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