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…ask John Cantlie.
Many of my colleagues and contemporaries all over the globe increasingly find themselves in dangerous situations. Here in the United States, people were horrified when a reporter and her cameraman were murdered on live television. But there are more of us who risk our lives on a daily basis. It’s hard to accept that something as simple as participating in a children’s event at a shopping mall or interviewing a chamber of commerce leader could potentially end in death.
On September 10, 25-year-old broadcast journalist Flor Alba Núñez Vargas was shot to death in southwest Colombia. Her bio descrfibes her as “a passionate woman of the media” who enjoyed spreading information over the air and online.
There’s panic across America. Demons sprouting up here, there and everywhere. Among them are recurring attention-stealers like #Kardashian butt, #Ferguson, #CosbyMeme, Buffalo’s Snowmageddon, Hillary Clinton and of course, Middle East conflicts.
Closer to the mortal plane and to the minds of those who once were young: the ongoing skit pitting Led Zeppelin against Spirit. Battle lines were drawn in May 2014. The final outcome will be verrrry interesting, I see it dynamically impacting future copyright claims.
To keep the ship right, one must look back to the mid-1960s, a time when it was common for bands to “borrow and re-work,” essentially re-imagine and re-design older tunes – especially blues numbers, something the pre-Zep Yardbirds and the very early Rolling Stones specialized in. Even the Beatles dabbled in old songs, like “My Bonnie”…
In the interest of stirring up some trouble of my own, I turn your attention toward our beloved ancient rock icons The Rolling Stones. Let’s admit we creative types all beg, borrow and steal, albeit much of the time unintentionally and unconsciously.
Keith Richards says he envisioned “Satisfaction” as a country song before he chanced upon the Fuzzbox. With such a distinctive opening, there was nothing like it back in ’65.
Richards himself THOUGHT he got the idea Martha & the Vandellas’ “Dancing in the Street.” At times, the Stones fretted over music that others might interpret as “borrowed” – k d Lang received a writing credit for “Anybody Seen My Baby?”, whose chorus sounds strikingly similar to “Constant Craving”. The story goes Mick Jagger discovered his daughter listening to a recording of “Constant Craving” on her stereo and realized he had heard the song before many times but only subliminally.
I’ve always suspected he got the spark for the classic opening riff of “Satisfaction” from hearing the guitar lick within “Since You Broke My Heart.” What do YOU think?
This article re-blogged via radiojar’s tumblr ::: I must ask this – what happens when (not if) the internet collapses or is collapsed. Or just goes “offline” for any notable amount of time. Society depends on it. If digital goes down, your cellular telephone won’t be able to communicate. You should always have analog back-up. Free, over-the-air radio and television are the last outposts of free speech, thought and human interaction. Just sayin’ – now go ahead and continue reading!
Current times for radio feel like the increase in the movement of the needle on a seismograph foretelling a tremendous volcanic eruption destined to alter radio forever. The reason for this cosmogonic transformation is simple: listeners are migrating online.