All The Family Huddled Around A Glowing Laptop

The times when the kids were growing up it was a tradition to have the laptop on and the Northern Hemisphere family watch as the presents are open. A lot has changed since this photo in 2017, the kids are young adults, my Dad is in a home, the Swedish side aren't allowed to travel to Wales due to COVID, and I won't be around the kids this Christmas Day. It's not so much the change, the kids were always gonna move on and with the divorce new rituals have been created. It's more that it's happened in 3 years, 2017 seems both a long long way away (as does January, remember then?), and yet close enough to touch. Whatever your routines are be prepared to change them, but keep the rituals . 

The death knell for record companies tolls

Radiohead (a mildly popular beat combo from the British Isles) are selling their latest long player online without any record company involvement at all.

Read all abaht it at Radiohead’s new album challenges music industry’s conventional business model
“I like the people at our record company, but the time is at hand when you have to ask why anyone needs one,” Yorke told Time after Radiohead’s contract with EMI/Capitol expired after its release of Hail to the Thief in 2003. “And, yes, it probably would give us perverse pleasure to say ‘f*** you’ to this decaying business model.”

So there ... the world is a-changing and record companies will probably become much like film making ones are now ... or maybe not. Perhaps both will change in the next couple of years as people like Radiohead, George Lucas and the like 'do it for themselves'.

I love it.

Oh, and one last quote from the article:
Radiohead isn’t the only one experimenting. Prince released his latest album 3121 for free in the UK through the Mail on Sunday newspaper. Prince was initially criticized, but the nay-sayers shut up when he sold out 21 consecutive London concert dates.

My only comment ... Prince + Mail on Sunday readers = weird ass concert