The Meritocracy is a Tool of Discrimination and Oppression

INTRODUCTIONIt was in the mid-1970s, and I was about 11-12 years old when I got a paper route. It was my first job where I report to someone else AND deal with customers. The scope of personal contact far exceeds a situation where I’d be mowing a lawn. The job involved delivering The Indianapolis StarContinue reading “The Meritocracy is a Tool of Discrimination and Oppression”

Risk and Reward… or Punishment

INTRODUCTION“If you would have taken a big risk and worked really hard, then you would have gotten somewhere if you were really any good.” Someone actually told me this, to my face, when we were talking about the difficulties of getting into the “music business.” It felt as if they hadn’t listened to ONE thingContinue reading “Risk and Reward… or Punishment”

When It’s No Longer Fun

INTRODUCTIONMusic was my first love, going all the way back to when I was 18 months old, sitting in and watching jam sessions with my uncle’s band, The Sounder, as they blasted loudly through my grandparent’s old Indiana farmhouse. I wore headphones to protect my ears and would sit on my own chair behind theContinue reading “When It’s No Longer Fun”

Success: It’s the Thrill of the Chase

“It’s not the kill… It’s the thrill of the chase.” I never had any question regarding what I wanted to do with my life. From the age of 18 months, when I first saw my uncle’s band, “The Sounder,” rehearsing at my grandmother’s house, I knew that I wanted to be a musician. My exposureContinue reading “Success: It’s the Thrill of the Chase”

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