You can’t hear this track on MySpace. Oh, you can hear the demo.
When will these fucks realize that locks don’t work, that they’re
the antithesis of the Internet paradigm? That you have to make
everything AVAILABLE! You’ve got to lower barriers. Maybe, like
Google says, you have to know where in the food chain to charge.
Since you’ve ruined selling music, if you want to go into
management, owning the Sanctuary assets, you should realize in this
era of clutter you’ve got to give people the tools to spread the
word. And by refusing to put music on MySpace, you’re doing just
But it gets worse. If you go to the act’s site, you can only watch
60 seconds of the video. What, do they want us to BUY IT? Since MTV
airs no videos, why hold back?.
Ah, that’s the English site. If you go to the U.S. site, both begin
on the same page, you can watch the video. Not that you can see it
on Yahoo if you’re running Safari. You’ve got to use Firefox And Doug Morris is worrying about incompatible DRM schemes? God,
he’s doing a great job of confusing the public all by his lonesome.
What the FUCK am I talking about?
Fire up your P2P app of choice. Don’t even watch the video, the
audio is so horrific. And when you SEE this guy, you won’t get it.
Search on James Morrison. "Wonderful World".
I know, I know, you’ve been into him for months.
I tried playing the CD. But where to begin? I needed radio to pick
out a track. And in the parking lot of Rite-Aid this afternoon,
just after firing up my Saabaru, this mellifluous number came
pouring out of the speakers, via Sirius’ Spectrum.
I’ve become immune to hype. Immune to press. Who is paying
attention? God, it’s so hard to get people’s attention anymore.
There’s no one you trust. As for the people who e-mailed me about
Mr. Morrison, with the unfortunate name of one of the greatest rock
and rollers of all time, they didn’t play dj, they didn’t pick out
a specific track.
There are certain records that are one listen, that you only have
to hear once to get. James Morrison’s "Wonderful World" is one of
I’m sure at some point I’ll decipher the lyrics. But now I’m just
enraptured by the style, the changes. It sounds positively
seventies, with a big band. Horns, backup singers, a whole
CORNUCOPIA of players. And atop them all is this dude with a fresh
voice singing like he’s got not a care in the world, all that
matters is the music. How often do you hear a song that takes you
away instantly, that makes you forget your problems?
I could go on and on, but really you’ve just got to hear it. That’s
why I fired up MySpace, to make sure it was available there. After
all, I was going to clue tens of thousands of people in, I wanted
them to be able to hear it INSTANTLY! But they CAN’T! "Wonderful
World" isn’t ON MySpace. Oh, there’s a demo. But don’t listen to
that, this is a record, not a song.
His Website, www.jamesmorrisonmusic.com/, gave me the choice of
entering or going to the U.S. site. Haven’t we known to go to the
English site since the Beatles, ever since Capitol raped their
I’m hunting all over.
If you want to hear the song, go to Yahoo Music. But, use Firefox
if you’re on a Mac. But the effect is going to be ruined. I had a
whole movie in my mind. But the guy didn’t look like this, the
images didn’t look like this. It was dark, a nightclub. The singer
was older. He was wearing a suit, with a tie loose around his neck.
And long after dark his large band took the tiny stage, and when
they fired up he sang like his life depended on it, like this was
his only chance to close the audience.
And you’ll be closed as soon as you hear "Wonderful World".
Not that this is Top Forty-friendly. Not that this is even Hot AC-
friendly. This is the kind of music that needs to be sold word of
mouth, by baby boomers, like Norah Jones.
And you’ve got to give boomers help. They no longer listen to the
radio. THIS should be playing in Starbucks, not McCartney’s
substandard crap. Play "Wonderful World" and people will be looking
to the ceiling asking WHO IS THIS?