Archive for 2013/12

The One Percent

I was in the lobby of the Four Seasons when a maybe ten year old boy sat down at the piano and started to tickle the ivories. This was not some child whose parents had forced him to take piano lessons, rather he was a near-virtuoso. Who was taking lessons at the University of Miami. […]

Kennedy Center Honors

It’s an ersatz show with barely more than meaningless medals, but it does prove that the arts are our nation’s heritage, its driver, its soul. I mean when you see the President and his wife rocking out, you know that music moves the country in a way no other medium can, and if you just […]

Power Top Five

1. Michael Rapino He writes the checks. And in the twenty first century, it’s all about money. It’s not how many albums you sell, but how many tickets. The live business rules. Live Nation is the dominant player. Sure, anybody can write a check once, but if you want to tour the world, more than […]

Making It

1. You have to NEED to make it. Wanting to make it is not enough. It must be your one true calling. If you’re willing to be broke, with no direction home, you might possibly make it. Sacrifice is the key element. If you’re not willing to sacrifice your home, your relationship, forgo children and […]