"I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married."

BREAKING: Obama Embraces Marriage Equality | ThinkProgress

Welcome, Mr. President. The mini-quiches have gone cold and the ice is all melted, but we’re glad you’re finally at the party.

(via rachelfershleiser)

(via rachelfershleiser)

newmusicusa:

Over on NewMusicBox we’re collecting your reasons to love new music. Make a video with any camera you have, even your phone, upload it to YouTube and post the link in comments. We’ll add them to the playlist, and give the internet every reason to love new music!

Hey! New Music People! Tell me why you love new music! Make a video! Then we’ll have hundreds of reasons to love new music, and great stuff to share with the world about why they should listen to this stuff. Spread the word!

We’ve waited a long time for this one to come through. And finally it’s back! And it contains my favorite joke ever: “Superfluous Gears is the protagonist of my new Dickens Steampunk novel” And now I can tell you about it!

I’m home sick today, and I wanted to composer. But I’m sick, so instead I wrote 1000 words about the future of the arts economy and Amanda Palmer.

It kind of tickles me that a young Obama also over-read the Waste Land. But did he turn it into a symphony? No, I don’t think so. And what did he ever amount to anyway. #Obama2012

Very strong post from John Scalzi on context for Amanda Palmer’s Kickstarter success (via Amy Berg, @bergopolis). And here are some longwinded thoughts of mine on lessons to take from the strucutre of her Kickstarter itself on how to build yours: http://kevinclarkcomposer.com/2012/04/learn-kickstarer-from-afp/

Zach does great stuff

Arts career thought of the day

It’s really easy to turn excitement into money - fans buy
things.

It’s REALLY hard to turn money into excitement - you can’t pay
people to love you.

Whenever you see that rare chance to spend money and create excitement (for example by promoting your show), do it. Excitement is super valuable in the long term, and can, yes, yield lots of money.

The best way to have a successful career in the arts is to value love over money. And by the arts I mean everything.

rachelfershleiser:

The London 2012 logo *does* look like Lisa Simpson giving head! I thought you guys were kidding!

Ohhhhh…. that can’t be unseen….

rachelfershleiser:

The London 2012 logo *does* look like Lisa Simpson giving head! I thought you guys were kidding!

Ohhhhh…. that can’t be unseen….