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Mr. Smolin interview on The Rip Post

posted: Oct 17, 2003 3:29:46 PM

Just reading the great new interview on The Rip Post, Barry Smolin, the Man in the Three-Cornered Hat. . .. Definitely check it out, and if you are in L.A., check out Mr. Smolin live tomorrow (10/18) at Taix (show info on

There are lots of interesting things in the interview, but I thought this was a good quote:

RIP POST: Why do creativity and thought seem to be liabilities for musicians seeking to break into "the music business"?

MR. SMOLIN: Because business is driven solely by profit and creativity is driven mostly by a sense of fulfillment, and rare the twain shall meet. The words "the music business," in fact, have never really made much sense to me. I suppose that is to my detriment in terms of getting my music heard. And the industry zeitgeist seems to be the attitude that people don't want to think; they're just looking to console themselves with mindless diversions. It is a deepening cultural problem in the United States (and in the entire world, actually). The more intense the soul's need for sustenance the less available such nourishment becomes. We so want to get ourselves drenched with connection and meaning and truth. But one can't wallow in shallowness. Merely wade. Life is being edited down to just the highlights.

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