So the UK culture secretary recently told representatives of the arts to show the “value of culture to our economy.”
[Yes, that’s the only reason why music, film, art, comedy, theatre and everything in between are important- how much £££ are they bringing in?]
In response, the (English) Arts Council produced an independent* economic report that shows for every £1 of subsidy, SEVEN POUNDS go into our GDP.
You can read about the report in more detail here**. In brief though, I’m sorry Mrs Miller but,
What next? I’d like to see a similar study done in Scotland. Edinburgh’s often negatively compared to Glasgow (when actually far more apt comparisons would be to Cardiff, Oxford, or even Liverpool*** in the UK) but what it craves more than anything is a shift in attitude from those in power. A shift that would prevent venues and nights crunching to a halt because (for one embarrassingly common example) someone had the audacity to buy property next to these places and then complain about the noise.
I and many other people I know spend a lot of time and effort on doing what isn’t immediately (if it all) profitable, purely because we’re passionate about it. Despite the evidence above, the maxim “there’s fuck-all money in the arts” is still extremely useful for warding off charlatans who promise a big payday in the distant future if you’d just pay-to-play, spew thousands of pounds on gadgets and ephemera, or base your entire self-worth on whether some fud in a smart jacket thinks you might have talent.
Something we can do to fight those attitudes- mix with different crowds of people. Go to venues and nights you’ve never been, maybe because none of your friends go and you don’t want to be alone. You won’t be. Elaborating on why this is a good strategy will take another post. However, an excellent place to start (SEGUE KLAXON) would be Lach’s Antihoot Radio Show night. Details of that after the footnotes:
* Important detail.
** The Telegraph is usually sympathetic enough towards the main party of the UK coalition that it’s nicknamed the ‘Torygraph’.
*** I know! Even being home of the Beatles doesn’t protect it from this shit!
I’m playing bass with Henry’s Cellar Bar’s Dive Bar Band tomorrow night! I’ve been to this night a few times now (even before I joined the Dive Bar Band) and it’s really great. Read the Facebook event for more info + how to get cheaper entry.
OK, I’m out.
P.S. Dog On A Swing are doing well- more news when it comes.
Here’s a thing I did for a Canadian music blog!
Loooooooooads of stuff happening with the upcoming EP. I’m really excited and I’m not just saying that because it’ll have my songs on it. Like/reblog this if you want me to post a new thing (not from the EP).
This is just ridiculous.
1) My hand’s completely better!
2) I’ve been writing songs! Like, at least four in the last couple of weeks.
3) I’m about 90% sure I’ll have an office job in April! It’ll be boring but will provide much needed cash for Dog On A Swing stuff. Did you know you can download At The Listening Room EP for whatever tip you like (including £0)? http://noisetrade.com/dogonaswing/at-the-listening-room-ep
4) I’m going to start recording the On Love EP on Friday! I’ll have a couple of excellent musicians on it- excited for everyone to hear it.
I will be hitting open mics when I can to test out the new stuff, but remember you can always book me for a Will Play For Food show! http://dogonaswing.tumblr.com/willplayforfood
Dog On A Swing headlines-
1) Tendon still a little bumpy, but tentatively playing guitar again.
2) Finished writing my first song* of 2013 after what felt like an eternity (I average a new song about once every 3 weeks).
3) Lots of other things that are coming up Milhouse but can’t announce yet.
* The first Dog On A Swing piece I finished in 2013 is an instrumental called Stoofvlees. You can stream that here.
“Broken David glimmers in the space between soaring and crashing to the ground. Creating narrative out of a fractured journey towards better things, he sings of hope, pain and bemusement. Original song writing with nothing new to say.”
Oh, hi there. My hand is doing a bit better (scroll down a few posts to see it in its previous glory) but I’m still planning on doing something non-guitar related to kick off the night I’m hosting Broken David. You should come and check it out this Sunday!
So you might chuckle that I drew a red circle around my swollen tendon on my right hand, but rest assured it is there and I definitely don’t want it swelling any further. Yesterday, I saw a doctor who confirmed my search-engine-assisted self-diagnosis. Fortunately, it should be fixed by rest and daily Ibuprofen. Unfortunately, this means no guitar playing for two weeks.
“But Ed,” a figment of my imagination cries, “aren’t you meant to be hosting Colin Donati at the Listening Room this very Sunday?” Yes, yes I am. I’ve also been blessed with some sniffles and wheezes, but come hell or high water I will be starting the night off with one or two Dog On A Swing songs minus guitar. Details of that night are here.
Thanks to everyone who came out for the Dog On A Swing feature weekend just past. James Whyte (pictured left in the second photo) is also working with me on my proper debut EP, On Love. I’ve talked about it for a while but there are some very encouraging things happening behind the scenes, especially once my hand recovers. In the meantime, the best place to hear my music is the Soundcloud page.
Finally, my friend Anaïs graces Tumblr with her exceptional writing. Keen-eyed followers may have seen Anaïs’ piece on my cover of Hot Hot Heat’s ‘No, Not Now’ but treat yourself to more of her prose and thank me later.
Dog On A Swing- The Romance Of Love (live at The Listening Room)
Two things prompted me to upload this-
1) My FEATURE WEEKEND EXTRAVAGANZA starting on Saturday at Out Of The Bedroom (Kilderkin) and Sunday at The Listening Room (Blue Blazer). Deets/RSVP here
2) The BBC published an article today that discusses some of the ideas behind writing the song above.
Peace and cat GIFs,