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One Week: Ode To Canada

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What would you do if you only had one week to live?

This is the question hurled at the main character (Ben Tyler played by Joshua Jackson) in the movie “One Week” and the plot proceeds from there.

It may seem like a depressing theme, but it’s a magical (yes, magical) piece of Canadiana.

In fact, there are two lead roles being played out with Ben Tyler as a mere second:

  1. The Canadian landscape, including all of our ‘biggest’ of pretty much everything on the planet.
  2. Canada’s fantastic array of musical talent.

The only thing that’s really sad about the movie is the loss of personality for all of Canada as we seem to be all to eager to embrace crappy and caustic imported material from the US (including certain Republican Conservative platforms).

When you have a few moments, watch this movie.  My wife and I watched it last night and we were both spellbound.

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Reality Sandwich: Transcending Possessiveness in Love and Music

Another Reality Sandwich article.

In the article, the author explores the relationship between ‘free love’ and ‘free music’ and introduces us to this business model:

When I imagine the future of artist-label relationship, the first company that comes to mind is Magnatune, out of Berkeley, California. Flying the motto, “We are not evil,” Magnatune signs nonexclusive distribution agreements with its artists – and allows customers to pay what they think the music is worth, rather than arbitrarily assigning a market price. The result is that they have two charts: the best-selling music, and the music that has sold for the most money. For people who trust the voice of the crowd, the most valuable music is sifted into visibility – motivating artists to craft something evocative and enduring. What’s more, Magnatune offers three free copies of each download to all of its buyers:

“While other record labels are busy suing their customers for introducing their friends to great music… At Magnatune, we want you to copy our music for your friends.”

At the very root, possessiveness is what is undoing most of the traditional leaders in the community, and we’re once again seeing how the music industry is the classic ‘canary in a coalmine’ as it relates to how the industry has died and how it can be built up again.