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11th Dream Day, The Doors and Why The Music Business Is Failing, But Still Rocks

I was driving around last weekend listening to the radio kind of flipping around. On one rock station is playing The Doors “Light My Fire”. Great song love it owned many times in various formats but I didn’t need to hear it again right then. So I tuned in the next rock station and it is also playing “Light My Fire”. In fact they were almost at the the same time. It was kind of sad and to ma at least said a lot about what’s wrong with the music business today.

Here we are in the second decade of the 21st century with over fifty years worth of “classic” rock to play and that’s the best they can do? The sad fact is there is very little in the way of new (non popular) music being played on the radio and very little variety of older music. And it’s not just rock music radio does a poor job of representing the vast majority of the music out there.

And the record companies want to blame their failing businesses on downloading. Well sure you can’t fight technology downloading is a big problem for the major labels but they have spent too much time fighting technology instead of finding ways to adapt to it. And then there is the whole fixation on the ear of music from 25 to 50 years ago. The endless remastering, remixing, repackaging, re releasing, regurgitating and replaying of this stuff makes tons of money for the labels and the bands involved. The real threat to the major labels from technology is it removes the stranglehold on distribution they once enjoyed. Anyway.

That was over the weekend on Monday I had another musical experience again it was a transcendent one but this time in a more positive vein, for the most part. It was the opening night for a series New Music Monday free concerts held in Millennium Park in downtown Chicago. On the bill was Bonnie Prince Billy and opening for them was Eleventh Dream Day. A Chicago band that has been operating for almost a quarter century and has just released it’s tenth album.

They don’t do a whole lot of live shows so even though I’ve listened to them since the beginning this was my first time seeing them live. It was an excellent show great to hear some classics played live and hearing the songs from their new release. Drummer Janet Bean broke her ankle the day before. So even though she had to turn her kit over to a replacement for the evening trooper that she is stood on stage doing some percussion and adding vocals.

The weather was perfect and all in all it was a very enjoyable evening. But here’s the rub and the tie in to where I started. On the one hand you have the Doors who haven’t existed in thirty years and still they get more airplay in one day than 11th Dream Day will see in their entire 25 years. And in the end that’s why the music business is failing and it’s for the same reason the larger American economy is failing too much money and power in too few hands. And if the major labels go out of business well the music won’t be going anywhere. Rock on!

I recorded three  songs from Eleventh Dream Day’s  show and have uploaded them to my ChicagoRock1 station. Here is one from their new release “Riot Now”. We present in hopes you will follow the link to their site where can find more music and maybe pick up Riot Now

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