Wednesday, July 07, 2010

King Confused

Disappointing to hear King Creosote talking pish on the Radio Scotland airwaves today. Basically he thinks Prince is wrong for giving away his music in the Daily Record, downloads are crap, vinyl should come back, he's cheesed as fewer people are going to his gigs and iPhones are described as annoying calculators. Funny how critics of the current (and it is weird) music business like to refer back to some golden time of records and recordings, generally before they were born (was it the summer of '71?) and long to get back to there when things were "normal". OK, things never were and never have been normal, we live, survive and grow in our own time, don't look back. There is no such thing as normal. Strange days indeed and certainly not any kind of normal. Musicians need to adapt not cocoon.


  1. Good piece John. I love your insights - this and some of your other recent posts hit a mark I couldn't if it was on a cow's arse and I had a large banjo.

    Keep blogging m'man!!

  2. Now now, you are the Marcel Proust of blogland - and at least you've got a new CD coming out.

  3. Busy creating new blogs holding an album each - linking from the diary - got five out of eight done so far - working my way backwards - an enjoyable slog.

    Question for "King" Creosote - can you be an "artist" if you also have a job that pays for you to be an "artist" or can you only be an "artist" if you have an Arts Council Grant behind everything you do?

  4. Hmm, I doubt he'll ever read this blog or answer your question. I'd say you are an artist if you produce art in the same way that a plumber produces plums and a butcher makes people butch (?)

  5. ‎"The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. Sing
    in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something." – Kurt Vonnegut.