Having my Dale Earnhardt Sr. moment.

Just as Earnhardt was so close to winning the Daytona 500 with only 3 laps to go before hitting a wall, I too have hit a wall. I’m in my last class for my Master’s and can’t get past this writer’s block.

I’m doing my paper on the connection of PTSD and Veteran suicide.  I have my usual writing supplies, a venti cool lime refresher from Starbucks and Ottmar Liebert’s “Waiting 4 the Stars 2 Fall” playing on continuous loop.  Ottmar Liebert is my go to guy for paper writing.  When I was younger, my dad bought his CD after hearing him on the Weather Channel.  How funny is that, getting music from the Weather Channel.

This song is beautiful.  What’s more awesome is how much is sounds like “Camilla” from Art of Noise.  I don’t know if it was supposed to be similar but I like it.

Well, I guess i’ll suck it up and just start typing some on this paper.

10/16/14

Here’s an old post from July of 2012 that i had on my other blog.

July 9, 2012 by rgonzalesjr
Downloading is not killing the movie and music industry, Viacom, record labels and studios did. Viacom owns/operates 150 stations which includes MTV, VH1, CMT, MTV2,BET, etc. Once they stopped playing music videos, people lost track of what was new and what they liked. You could turn on MTV in the 80’s and 90’s for the entire day and have a list of songs that you knew you were going to go out and buy. Now, you turn on MTV and you see this stupid crap I’m watching and dumb ass Teen Mom. As for the record labels, they let artist put out garbage now. Look at Dr. Dre’s Chronic. It is by far one of the greatest rap cd’s every made. Why? Because every song is good. Or we can look at Micheal Jackson’s Thriller album. 80 consecutive weeks on the charts, 37 of those at #1. Every song on that album is a class. Now look at current cd’s. Maybe 14 tracks, with 5 of them being just the artist talking. That leaves 11 songs, where maybe 4 of them are good. Why pay 9.99 for 14 tracks when only 4 of them are decent? For the record labels to say that downloading is making them lose money is b.s. If that was the case, tape recorders, cd burners would be illegal. Whats the difference between me recording a song from the radio and me downloading a song from the pirate bay? Not a damn thing. Radio stations pay a licensing fee to those music labels so they can broadcast the songs. So either way, the companies are getting paid. As for movie studios complaining about people downloading movies, here is a thought…lower the price of tickets. Most of us have a second run movie theater in the area. Why can they charge only $5 which usually includes a small pop and small popcorn? Yet, when I see a movie as soon as it comes out, I’m going to pay about $80-$100 bucks for a family of 4. One way studios can offset the money they are losing is to offer the first run movies on PPV or Netflix. I think families would pay to watch first run movies at home. Honestly, the $80 bucks I would spend at the theater, I would use to order the movies. Movie studios would still get their money and we wouldn’t have to pack the entire family into a car. Just sayin….