Thursday, January 23, 2014

Lyrical Writing


Burt Bacharach appeared as the author of an op-ed in the Opinion page of today's WSJ, about compensation for songwriters in the digital music era.

As songwriters, we want these new digital services to succeed. But they exist because of our music—and those who create the music deserve to be fairly compensated. I am not sure a young writer can survive in the online and mobile world restrained by a compensation regime that couldn't fathom "streams" that come from "clouds." We live in a free-market economy and should be able to negotiate rates that sustain a marketplace where both services and creators can thrive.

Rewrite:

[...] I am not sure a young writer can survive in the online and mobile world restrained by a compensation regime that was created when the only thing "streaming" from "clouds" were those raindrops keep fallin' on my head. [...]

I'm jus' sayin'.  It is his song after all, and Oscar-winning at that.

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