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This newsletter came out of my experiences dealing in a new culture and a new
history plus my experiences in the USA
The purpose of the newsletter is to provoke serious thought about musical
art. What is it? Where should it be going? In addition, what is
going on in China?
I write about my personal experiences and my thoughts about them.
music is here. Am I really who I say I am. The proof is here just
117 Songs to listen to!
Hi everyone and the Chinese New Year just passed , Happy New
Year everyone, it is over and my friends are going back to China
and coming here to the States. Some say
the States is better some say China is better, I really do not know or do I
care I only know my own country takes care of me and when I was in China I was
of no importance just only a so called rich American that everyone tried to
take advantage of including my western friends when it came to business. It is such a small world now for we can travel
across the world in a day. I see the
problem not in traveling or living in a new country, but I see the problem of
life as one of selfishness, greed, ignorance, lack of will power, political corruption,
murder, lack of respect for the animals and the environment. I must say in my life Chicago
was the best place for business for me.
I always got paid and had support from the musicians union. Here in NY,
Toronto and China
exploitation is the name of the game.
I think this is China’s
biggest problem their ability to deceive others. But soon one learns the ropes but it takes a
year or two and your closes friends can miss treat you with a smile
My biggest disappointment in life is with
I never have been able
to get along with them including my Mother and
my own children. Women do not know how
to love; they only know how to act out what it is in for them. They cannot see beyond their tits.
I have never been close to a woman who really enjoys
sex. It is all about materialism and
what is in it for them. My
point is, they really do not know how to love.
Love to them is not selfless but completely materialistic. It is only about station in life and food as
I see it. When I was in China
I asked a group of girls do you know how to please a man in bed. No one answered me or cared to answer
me. One always hears how man should
please a woman. Well, I am here today to
say how about a woman pleasing a man. I
am sick of pleasing a woman it is time they learn to please a man as I see it.
I recently have come to the conclusion they are all crazy
and only understand their self interest.
A man for them is just something they can use and if they cannot use him
they discard him like when we pee or vomit. My second
wife’s uncle was left alone because he could not work anymore so his wife left
him. I guess this is the way of nature
if you cannot provide you are nothing. But what about all those years he took care of
this woman is my question?
first wife was a devil, a liar, a thief, a deceiver and a coward. So I guess this makes it hard for me to have
respect for women. When I was a school
teacher the women ruined the school system because for them it was a second job
and they did not really care about the economic benefit of men so as long as
women work in the school system men will never receive the proper pay to
support their family. And the real point
is they will never really fight for the rights of the school system. It just repeats the same ‘lines’ over and
over again year after year. School teachers are an underclass although probably
the most important people in society.
Music: Let me talk about the real subject of this
newsletter which is exploitation of musicians and composers by the business
community. It is a sad story and one
that brings much unhappiness to the artists and their families. This subject recently came up to me because I
just got cable TV with or 800 channels on it.
And there are about 30 radio stations plus MTV
and other music TV video Channels. And
they are all selling music or records of artists who have passed away and are
no longer with us. So where is this
money going is my question? Why are
artists so poor and cannot get the respect of the professional community? It is because of the greed and the monopoly
within the industry.
My point is: do not buy records, cds from the big
companies. Buy them from the independent
artist. Now with the internet you do not
need to go to the record store or a concert you can buy them directly from the
artist so he or she gets the money. Make
copies from your friends but if you do spend money on music give it directly to
I recently logged into Yahoo and they were selling records
on messenger. Now my point is why am I having so much trouble signing into these
companies and selling my product? It is
all a small club of big business and exploitation. So please look for the independent artists
and buy their music. Keep the money out
of the hands of the monopolies. The big
fish eat the little fish!
I was watching a TV Show about business and these young entrepreneurs
were talking about this website they made where they were selling music. Now my point is why our people making more money selling these
records, cds or whatever more than the artists.
This is the crime of the music business.
I have a friend here in NY, Dean Pratt, who runs a company that collects
money from these people. Now we need
this company because these people just want to take and not share. This is a basic human problem as I see
point is they were taking a valued product and selling it without any
reflection to the creators of the music.
It is a very peculiar situation.
Here is some examples how business people have abused musicians:
First let us begin by saying that
the reason musicians have been in this rut for so many years is because they
are so involved in their art that they never developed any kind of
entrepreneurial skills. You might say, "Well that's the way it's supposed
to be. There are other people who can take care of that end of it so I can just
concentrate on the art."
This would be true and well and good if the "other people" were
playing by the rules. And some of them have and still do. But this is the
exception and not the rule!
The rule or the past was one of exploitation and manipulation of musicians for
How was this carried out? Well let's examine some of the ways.
Up until the early 70s, jazz musicians as well as others, were having their
music stolen by record producers and managers for the simple reason that the
basic education of how to copyright their music was being withheld from them.
Musicians would sign away their
publishing rights and often a large percentage of their writers rights simply
because they didn't know how to write to the library of congress and get a form
to protect their music with a U. S copyright. Consequently, funds that were supposed
to be going to an artist were being channeled elsewhere to people who were not
only making the money they were entitled to but usurping the money that was
intended to go to the musician as well.
It was quite common for a record producer to say, "OK kid, I'll give you a
recording contract but I want the publishing rights to all of your music and I
want you to sign over 50% of the writer's royalties to me as well. Do you want
to make a record or don't you?"
Often, a musician would jump at the chance to get their
music and their name out there and make a deal like this. They would think,
"Well, I still have 25% of my writers royalties and 25% of something is
better than 100% of nothing."
When they would never receive a royalty statement for their 25% they would
realize that they were being taken advantage of and start to get indignant.
"I'll get a lawyer and sue the bastard" they might think. Then they
call a lawyer and discover that the record company owes them around $900.00 in
writers royalties and the lawyers fee for getting them this money was $1500.00.
The record producer knew this in front and that's why that kind of deal with
the musician was made.
for further information on this subject!
Now here are some websites where you can buy directly from
the artist and not from commercial record companies.
Mike Longo’s site: http://jazzbeat.com
I know of one more site you can buy some music from and that is here
Let us change the economic direction of the big
companies in our small way by buying from the real artists not the
artists we have in our commercial world.
Lets us let the woman know the reason they are having so
many problems of love is within themselves and their attitudes.
Let us support real music with harmony and melody. Thank You
Sincerely: Greg Henry Waters
Artist of Music and Teacher
Two wonderful replies to this
e-mail from Den and Chuck, Den is about business and
women. Chuck is mostly