Socially Responsible Streaming?


We're facing some serious challenges in the music industry. CD sales and digital downloads are rapidly declining and we’re moving toward enjoying most of our music through streaming platforms (most of which do not pay artists fairly). Learn about the site that defines socially responsible streaming. Watch this video to see how you can be part of the solution:

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This week on Art of the Song we present an unusual story. In 2012, guitarist Wilko Johnson of Dr. Feelgood fame, was diagnosed with a terminal form of cancer and given 10 months to live. He approached his friend Roger Daltrey of The Who and asked his assistance to record one final album. A session was set up and the two collaborated for one week in the studio, emerging with “Going Back Home,” an album which subsequently won “Album of the Year” at the British Classic Rock Awards. A few months ago, we were all set to interview Wilko Johnson remotely from a studio in London, when we got a call from the publicist saying, “Wilko isn’t feeling well today, and we’ll have to cancel.” Sadly, we went about our business. Half an hour later we received another call saying, Roger Daltrey was in the studio, and would we mind interviewing him instead? Didn’t take long for us to respond with a resounding, YES! The result was an intimate chat with the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer about the project with Wilko Johnson, his charity work with teen cancer patients, and we even got a chance to talk about the early days of The Who.

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Our guest this week on Art of the Song is the legendary Canadian-American folk singer, educator and activist, Buffy Sainte-Marie. Although Buffy’s music today is far from traditional folk, it embodies the anti-war and native rights sentiments that were prevalent in the sixties. Her music was blacklisted by the FBI during the Johnson and Nixon administrations. Despite the setback, she persevered with her music and teaching, and found a new venue, the children’s TV show, Sesame Street. In 1997 Buffy Sainte-Marie founded the Cradleboard Teaching Project, an educational curriculum devoted to better understanding Native Americans. She has won recognition and numerous awards for both her music and her work in education and social activism. We spoke with Buffy about the release of her CD, Power in the Blood.



Our guest this week is Ellis Paul. Over the last decade we’ve sought to inspire creative expression through sharing the stories and processes of singer-songwriters of many stripes. Ellis truly embodies the creative and entrepreneurial values we seek to illustrate. Ellis Paul is at the top of his game, both artistically and professionally. A musical and visual artist, Ellis talked with us about his new children’s projects that include a book, music and art, as well as the remarkable Fan support he received for his last two recording projects. We visited with Ellis in front of a live audience at the Woody Guthrie Festival in Okemah, Oklahoma. On the following day he flew to Maine where he was inducted into that state’s Music Hall of Fame.



Our guest this week on Art of the Song is Mary Gauthier. Her songs are about as idiosyncratic as anything in the world of “popular music.” They’re painfully personal, yet they somehow infiltrate the souls of her listeners, no matter how different their life paths. Though she lives not far from the hit-making mills of Music Row in Nashville, she admits to knowing nothing about how to write on command. She says, “I have to be called to write. The call comes from somewhere I don’t understand, but I know it when I hear it.”