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Comment by Deby Dearman on May 4, 2012 at 2:50pm

Brad & Nate, I agree with you, and for those of us who listen to Dan Miller I think he would agree with us too. He talks about change and how we must learn to change with the times. It seems Vince is stuck in the way things used to be thinking. With the Internet and Social Media fans expect more. The wise artists are giving the fans what they want and learning to roll with the changes. I wish Vince the best, but I think he better start reading some Seth Godin and Dan Miller!

Brad, it's great to see you back! I miss your regular updates. I hope the boys are doing well. I'm gonna go check out you blog.

Comment by Nate Schubick on May 3, 2012 at 5:58pm

I think vince gill is wrong to think that way....i would like to see my music get sold but i would rather get people out of their homes and into a fun place together of one accord. Sometimes musicians forget to be a musician they had to be a fan first. So what if a dollar is all you are getting....use your tribe and drawing people together. Go back to how much fun it was to play your first baseball game, play in a theater, first learned song on an instrument. So what if youve built a platform but forgot the world changed while you slept. New world out there, kinda lightning fast and raucous and can be intimidating but the ones who still shine, not whine, are the ones who will survive and thrive

Comment by Brad Leslie on May 3, 2012 at 5:45pm
The music industry is changing...just like the publishing industry, the fine arts industry; in fact, just like the world is changing. I think that rather than lamenting those changes, we (along with professionals in every changing marketplace) need to evolve along with it.
Just earlier today, coincidentally, I read an article about a musician named Amanda ( I'm blanking on her last name right now) who, without a label or manager or contract, made $250,000 in sales in one day, through social networking and communication with fans.
In one day.
Let folks have their silly apps, because they're the ones who also buy music online.
And professionals who adapt and evolve will still profit.

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Comment by Deby Dearman on May 3, 2012 at 4:51pm
A quote from a recent Vince Gill interview --- "Income streams are dwindling. Record sales aren't what they used to be. The devaluation of music and what it's now deemed to be worth is laughable to me. My single costs 99 cents. That's what a (single) cost in 1960. On my phone, I can get an app for 99 cents that makes fart noises -- the same price as the thing I create and speak to the world with. Some would say the fart app is more important. It's an awkward time. Creative brains are being sorely mistreated."

Interesting  . . . what are your thoughts?

Comment by Bonnie Hardison on April 29, 2012 at 5:21pm
So thrilled to see your beautiful paintings posted, Deby. Wonderful work. Palette knives are so freeing.

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Comment by Deby Dearman on April 29, 2012 at 4:31pm

Thanks, girls! I'm using acrylics with pallet knives - no brushes for me.

Comment by Susan Visker on April 29, 2012 at 4:16pm

Deby what medium are you using?  I really like your style.  It looks like pastels?

Comment by Billie Wells on April 29, 2012 at 4:08pm


I love the girls and ladies! They are so awesome! Very charming

Comment by Timmery Clark on April 29, 2012 at 1:35pm

Oh Deby!  How fun!

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Comment by Deby Dearman on April 29, 2012 at 1:31pm


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