The Associated Press reports that President Obama will soon announce that he has given permission to Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oklahoma, and Tennessee to abandon the contentious, George W. Bush–conceived No Child Left Behind education…
“What if you could re-define books’ value proposition? What if book-buying became less about one-off salesmanship, and more about ongoing membership? What if you didn’t buy books so much as join them?”
My hesitation with ebooks is the price. For what they cost, I want something physical in return. This subscription model would be an appealing compromise.
Interesting. Verrrry interesting. These are conversations we have regularly, insights we hope we’re making, and a model that might change it all.
"I didn’t have her power of reading someone’s emotions, but hers were written all over her. I could feel the grief, the despair becoming a part of the air we inhaled, a part of the things we touched. A part of us."
Justin Vernon has many projects, and Bon Iver is just one of them. It looks like Vernon will be taking some time off from the moniker to focus on his other works like There’s Shouting Matches, Volcano Choir, and possibly an “American songbook of the greatest women singers.” You can check out a full article here and a snippet of it below by clicking “Read More.”
I see this move as akin to the real estate phenomenon. You know the real estate phenomenon, don’t you? My dad always said that people in real estate just can’t stand being successful. They have a big success, and so their next instinct is to try to do the exact same thing over again in a slightly different place. Dude, we made money on this condo! Let’s build MORE CONDOS down this SAME STREET and charge more for them! I bet it will mean we’ll make EVEN MORE MONEY, and then, you know, flood the market in doing so and never get their investment back, they count on lightning striking twice, etc. They assume that they’ve found the magical formula for said success, so OF COURSE they can repeat it.
I love Bon Iver. I really do. Really, I love anything that Justin Vernon does, but I found him through Bon Iver like the rest of you did. And I’m not the kind who thinks it’s weird or a sellout or no longer good music now that more people know who he/the band is. In fact, I think the fact that he had a landmark year and is nominated for Grammys is downright exciting, even inspiring. I like to think it means more people are listening to (or at least recognizing…) great music.
But the fact is, the majority of people had never heard the words Bon Iver until this year. Until the Grammy announcements. Until just now. So why, Justin, are you quitting your winning horse (or going on a years-long hiatus…which can be the same thing)? Wouldn’t it reason that if more people fell in love with you on THIS project (this moniker?), that would make them more likely to fall in love with your other projects? That is, if you want to be the Jack White of your world, then build your White Stripes first. I want nothing more than for Justin Vernon to have a huge, wonderful, and long career. But maybe putting a 3-5-year hold on the thing that’s making you approach household-name status isn’t the best move. I mean, in indie world, you don’t even ever have to be a Name. You don’t have to be Known to the world Out There. But you’re about to be! You’re on the precipice! You don’t even have to aspire to that. You just have to not not do it, and it will happen. Only, this step may be not doing it.
And I appreciate the desire for it to be organic. The desire for you to record the songs only once the songs comes to you, but we can’t all be that way. Maybe it’s because I live in a town where professional songwriters write 5+ songs a week, most of which will never see the iTunes store, but I think you can always be writing. If you wanted another Bon Iver album a year from now, then you could have one. And if you want to do all those other projects? Do it! Just do it once you’ve made your larger mark. Do it once more people know that Bon Iver isn’t pronounced Bawn Eye-ver. Once more people know your name is Justin Vernon and Justin Vernon projects are cool. Do it then.
(And by god, don’t make us wait three years for another Bon Iver album! But that’s beside the point…)
“Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.”—Franz Kafka (via musingsinfemininity)