Delighted to see Howard Jones performing an acoustic set with guitarist Robin Boult [sorry, no photo of R.B.] in the far-off village of Bay Shore, Long Island, yesterday. HoJo was in good voice and offering his usual hot ivory chops, and Boult lent a strong, musical hand with a jazz twist.
They've recast some of the old songs as mash-ups, as the kids call them, or quodlibets, as Bach called them. The best was the old HoJo classic, "Don't Always Look at the Rain," intertwined with material from Miles Davis' "So What." Not many pop musicians could manage such a thing without any digital sampling, but Jones 'n' Boult did it all live. That's why we love them!
Looking forward to seeing what comes of Radiohead's radical take on selling their new album, In Rainbows. They are offering it first as download only, and the buyer can choose what to pay for it!! (you have to pay something, though).
Don't know what fans are paying, but they're sure buying: on the first day the album was available, fans shut down Radiohead.com in their mad rush to download it.
This has been hailed as a way to shake up the iTunes pricing structure, but I don't see how one band can do that. Nor could this approach help musicians who are not already millionaires, and thus able to stand the loss of revenue caused by underpricing.
Anne E. Johnson, based in Brooklyn, is the author of noir sci fi novel series The Webrid Chronicles (GREEN LIGHT DELIVERY, BLUE DIAMOND DELIVERY, and RED SPAWN DELIVERY) from Candlemark and Gleam, YA science fiction adventure SPACE SURFERS, middle grade historical novel FRANNI AND THE DUKE, the middle grade story book series THINGS FROM OTHER WORLDS, and many other books and stories. She also writes music and arts journalism. Learn more on her website, AnneEJohnson.com.