Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The Song-Poem Business

My publisher forwarded this one on to me. If you have 45 minutes, this is a pretty fascinating video made by PBS about the song-poem business. People send in their original poetry or lyrics, along with some money, and voilah! Between 1900 and 2002, an estimated 200,000 songs were recorded this way. But you've probably never heard a single one of them.

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  1. Sounds pretty good, but Hulu won't stream this internationally. Oh Hulu :(

  2. A log, long, long time ago, when you copyrighted tunes, a guy named Freddie Paris would offer you a record deal. First, for a price, inclusion on an album. If you did not respond to that, a single. If you did not respond to that, the sheet music. The only thing he didn't offer, was for a price, he would send back your materisl.