Music and the Myth of Genres

Genres exist to make it easier for customers to find what they're looking for. Genres are like a map with labels, arrows, and a legend. Thanks to genres, we can expect a country song to sound this way and a jazz piece to sound that way. But what about the bands that don't easily fit… Continue reading Music and the Myth of Genres

“The sacrificial pancake”

The Rule of Suck: the first one is going to be very, very, embarrassingly not so good. What to do? Do the next one. And the next one after that. On and on, serving up hundreds of works to an audience who trusts that you'll get it right -- eventually. Here's Paul McGrath (great name),… Continue reading “The sacrificial pancake”

What’s the opposite of a winner?

Not a loser. The opposite of a winner is someone who doesn't know that they're capable of being a winner. You could finish last, and still learn something valuable. Or you could finish last, and quit because the skill ceiling is too high. It doesn't matter if the game is too hard. It doesn't matter… Continue reading What’s the opposite of a winner?