I have always thought the collecting of autographs was sorta lame. Who cares if someone wrote on your paper? I suppose for those who use them as auction items its a good thing- there is a strong market for them, but I dont really care about ink unless its needled into my arm. The prize for meeting your idol is a photograph, the infamous ‘selfie’. This has been a staple in our interview process, if we meet them, we have a picture of it and for good reason- ya cant forge a pic unless youre damn good at photo shop.
Seems our gal Taylor Swift agrees with me. “There are a few things I have witnessed becoming obsolete in the past few years, the first being autographs,’ she wrote for the Wall Street Journal. ‘I haven’t been asked for an autograph since the invention of the iPhone with a front-facing camera. The only memento ‘kids these days’ want is a selfie’.
HA toldja Tay went on to discuss the future of music sales ‘In mentioning album sales, I’d like to point out that people are still buying albums, but now they’re buying just a few of them. They are buying only the ones that hit them like an arrow through the heart or have made them feel strong or allowed them to feel like they really aren’t alone in feeling so alone. It isn’t as easy today as it was 20 years ago to have a multiplatinum-selling album, and as artists, that should challenge and motivate us’.
Oh and a blurb about stalking which I did this weekend. Seems Taylor owns a cute white mansion on Bluff Road in Watch Hill Road Island (that has an actual check in tag on Facebook) guarded with a serious looking older man (dad?) and a sign saying “No Tresspassing, I knew you were trouble when you walked in!” ‘There will always be an increasing fixation on the private lives of musicians, especially the younger ones’ she said. ‘Artists who were at their commercial peak in the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s tell me, “It was never this crazy for us back then!” And I suspect I’ll be saying that same thing to younger artists someday (God help them)’.
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