What happens when a musician has to compete with every great song ever recorded?

The Dead Sea is a salty body of water bordering Jordan, Israel, and the West Bank. Its name comes from the fact that this middle-eastern sea, due to its high salinity, is inhospitable to almost all life. The water achieved this high salinity because it is an endorheic basin, meaning that it has no outflow to other external bodies of water.

The Jordan River, rich with life, flows into the Dead Sea and deposits its sediments. However, with no outlet — no drain, so to speak…


Why I loved Social Media, but only in the past tense

It seems like everyone I know has at one point or another taken a hiatus from social media. In fact, it’s so common that it’s even become a meme. However, the departure from Facebook or Instagram or Twitter or whatever is inevitably temporary — a hiatus, not a departure.

People claiming to “leave” Social Media has become practically a cliché at this point; it seems like everyone comes back eventually.

Why?

My own, admittedly lax, recent hiatus from social media has had me pondering how I can be simultaneously disillusioned with and hopeful for Social Media. While reading Gretchen McCulloch’s book, Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language, I realized that I had loved Social Media as a teenager and…


Illustration by Gustave Doré. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

In 1941, the French author Pierre Menard wrote “truth, whose mother is history, [is the] rival of time, storehouse of deeds, witness for the past, example and counsel for the present, and warning for the future.” Menard, a contemporary of the Godfather of psychology, William James, wisely asserts that historical fact is not what happened, but what we believe to have happened.

But Pierre Menard is not a real person.

Jorge Luís Borges, the 20th-century Argentinian writer and thinker, created the character of Pierre Menard in one of his most thought-provoking short stories, Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote. …


In 1982, Prince prophetically released the album that sealed his superstardom. “I’m gonna party like it’s nineteen ninety-nine,” the extravagant pop star proclaimed, backed by trademark synth sounds. The foretold 1999 would see recorded music revenue reach the highest point it ever had[1], and — thanks to the internet — likely the highest it ever will.

*This article was originally published 5 March 2018. Updated 15 January 2019.

A Drowning Industry

On 24 Jan. 2018, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) introduced the Music Modernization Act to Congress.[2]

Bobby St. Mute

Critical thinker in the streets — Musician in the sheets.

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