I read somewhere that the music we listen to as we start our morning routine can hover over us psychologically throughout the course of the day. With that in mind, let it be known that Springsteen's "Nebraska" is maybe not the best choice first up in the a.m. Then, I also read that young adult males are not brushing their teeth as the day begins. Ok, that's a bit to chew on but then there is this.

Young adults are with increasing frequency chewing garlic cloves for health purposes. I can only hope these aren't the same people. Finally, I've been told I read too many surveys and stats. This may be true and I also think "Nebraska" is Bruce's best work. That said, I Do brush my teeth.  

Robert October 19 2019

I don't know if you are aware of this...or even care to be, but the measure of success of any particular song released is in units. Units are physical copies sold, downloads and maybe most importantly, streaming. If you aren't hip to the industry chatter, a stream takes place every time you play a song on Spotify, Tidal, Apple Music or any other like service.

The artist is paid (very little) for this and if you are buying groceries with your music dough, you have to depend on a great number of "streams" to amount to anything at all. You might wonder why everybody who ever had a hit is back on tour. That's why. They don't make enough off of streaming to pay the light bill.

One strategy that is often used is to release a lot of songs. The hope is that fans will play the artist's catalogue which, if it consists of 70 songs as opposed to twenty, might increase that streaming revenue a bit. Some rap artists have even released three and four disc sets of pretty much anything they had lying around in order to up the count in the streaming war.

Another factor is "fan loyalty." These days one album a year without any singles in-between leaves the artist vulnerable to being forgotten. I try to release a single every three months, but only if I'm pretty sure it is something my base wants to hear.

So, that's my take on the grinding, ever-changing gears of the music business. I promise not to do this very often