It has been a while since I’ve made an entry to this blog. I will spare you the gory details, but suffice it to say that I have had computer problems. Fortunately, the difficulty was in the motherboard, so there was no loss of data, and I am now back in the saddle.

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This particular image was taken a couple of years ago in the Federal Hill district of Baltimore. A number of years ago I had an opportunity to attend numerous concerts of popular artists of the time (Led Zepplin, Jethro Tull, Frank Zappa, Mountain, etc.), and when that time passed, so did the music. Over the past 25 years the music monopoly has ensured that no innovations take place, resulting in very few exciting groups finding their way into popular culture. This has also resulted in the regrouping of the older artists and a renewed appreciation for what they created.

Foghat was a group I had never seen, and anyone attending the outside concert on that day would say that these guys rocked as if they were 20 years younger. I got numerous great pictures in exchange for the assault my ears withstood.

The good news is that today the music monopoly is becoming increasingly irrelevant, as independent artists can now distribute their music digitally. This means that they can avoid the high cost of industry controlled technicians, and engage in a more efficient transfer of their music. Most people have no idea how little money these artists make from CDs, and that the real money is made touring and selling merchandise, so we are seeing a resurgence of innovative music with independent artists.

If you wish to download more free and legal music than you’ll have time to listen to, I can recommend sending you to EclecticMix.com, where you can find Punk, Jazz, Classical, Electronica, Experimental, and just about every other genre you can think of.

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