My old friend and Detroit radio legend Jim Harper (pictured above) and I were exchanging radio rants the other day as we are want to do. Jim was complaining about the fact that morning show folk today just read the stuff that they find on the internet and don’t even rewrite it for the radio. Not only that he went on to say, they also act like it’s their exclusive content which is just stupid because if they found it on the internet, so did everybody else. I couldn’t agree more with Jim because as he knows, the definition of art is, “The observation of life and your comments about it.”
Back in the day when Jim was tearing up mornings in Detroit on WNIC, “Detroit’s Nicest Rock” and I was his driver, we spent a lot of time discussing concepts and philosophy. In those days, finding content was a little tougher than it is today because there was no internet but we did have USA Today. The good thing about USA Today was that the local folks didn’t read it, they read the Detroit Free Press. Unfortunately, we didn’t have it exclusively, and I’m sure a lot of the same stories were in both papers. My job was to convince Jim that people like what they know and know what they like. We assumed that the people already knew the story, so all we had to do was figure out was how to make local and put our own spin on it as Johnny Carson did.
Not only did Jim localize it but he came with a fresh new twist and added his “exaggerated emotion” to the mix. Next, he handed off the prepared killer close to one of his team members which would cause Jim to fall off his stool laughing when they delivered it. Just before hitting the ground though Jim would manage to hit the button that started the next commercial but unfortunately for the client, you couldn’t hear the beginning of the spot because of all the laughter.
The first rule of showbiz may be that first you need to be noticed, but a close second is, “Never ever interrupt laughter unless paid to do so.”
OK, BACK TO THE FRIVOLOUS STUFF.
I got educated in the pool hall I stopped into on my way home from school every day.
The worst person you can ever lie to is yourself.
How does Nassar molest 150 girls over the years and we’re only now learning about it?
In Britain, like in Canada and America, everything is left to the spouse. Yoko, for example, owns everything created by John Lennon but John’s son Julien receives nothing. However, just down the road in Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s son Charles gets it all, and Prince Phillip is out of luck. How does this all work?
When I became a Father, all I cared about was my kids’ happiness. Unfortunately, they don’t appear to be that happy. Color me sad.
Free money fixes nothing.
So if white people did as black people do such as only listen to white music and watch white athletes play, how well would that work?
When I started out in radio in the mid-sixties, I was making $15.00 a week while workers my age in Detroit were making $210 – $250 a week and had a bunch of bennies. What the hell did they do with the money?
Beware of people bearing signs.
Thankfully all the members of my band The Jury are still alive which, unfortunately, most of the younger groups cannot say. My daughter Candis claims that it’s because we missed the drug era and they didn’t.
My folks sure had more reasons to protest than we do but they didn’t because they were too busy working.
When my Dad retired in Canada, he was eligible to collect unemployment insurance for a year. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get him to apply for it because as he said, “Son I’ve gone through my whole life including the depression without welfare, I’m sure as hell not starting now.” No matter how hard I tried to convince him that it wasn’t welfare, he wasn’t listening. Not much of that pride around anymore I wouldn’t think.
I am totally against someone having one more right than I do. I want them all!
Back in the day, musicians made records so they could get off the road. Now they make them so they can get back on it.
Everybody is gifted, in fact there are at least seven intellectual gifts and all you have to figure out is what yours is and take it for a nice long ride.
On Facebook, it seems that every week is daughters week. Now, having two of them, I’m all for it but was wondering if anybody knows when son week is?
Speaking of kids, even though she said that she was having your baby, she gets to leave with it, you only get to continue paying for it. Marry on.
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