Monday, October 13, 2014

Mystical Bridges Around The World

    Moon Bridge – Taipei, Taiwan

An ancient, mossy bridge is the perfect complement to any rural or river scene. These old and mysterious arched bridges are mankind’s way of traversing landscapes that are otherwise decidedly wild.
Interestingly enough, an arch is only kept in position by its own weight – the stones supporting an arch couldn’t possibly stay in their position without the stones above them weighing them down. So, while they were very effective and sturdy, their building process was complicated. This usually involved building an entire wooden framework underneath the bridge on which the arch could be rested until the rest of the bridge was built around it.

Devil’s Bridge In Rhodope        Mountains, Bulgaria

       Huangshan, Anhui, China 

            Pindos Mountains, Greece

    Låtefossen Waterfall, Norway

           Mullerthal, Luxembourg

           Rakotz Brücke, Germany

               Ronda, Malaga, Spain


       Multnomah Falls, Oregon, USA
        Gorge De L’areuse, Switzerland

        Glenfinnan Viaduct, Scotland

              Carrbridge, Scotland

               Gaztelugatxe, Spain

     Stari Most, Bosnia And Herzegovina

               Root Bridge in India

                  Ponte Gobbo, Italy

                     Tollymore, UK

      Bridge Across The Merced River,    
       Yosemite, USA

      Gapstow Bridge, New York, USA

        Hermitage Bridge, Scotland

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Problem With Religion

Incompatible religious doctrines have balkanized our world into separate moral communities, and these divisions have become a continuous source of bloodshed. Indeed, religion is as much a living spring of violence today as it has been at any time in the past. The recent conflicts in Palestine (Jews vs. Muslims), the Balkans (Orthodox Serbians vs. Catholic Croatians; Orthodox Serbians vs. Bosnian and Albanian Muslims), Northern Ireland (Protestants vs. Catholics), Kashmir (Muslims vs. Hindus), Sudan (Muslims vs. Christians and animists), Nigeria (Muslims vs. Christians), Ethiopia and Eritrea (Muslims vs. Christians), Sri Lanka (Sinhalese Buddhists vs. Tamil Hindus), Indonesia (Muslims vs. Timorese Christians), Iran and Iraq (Shiite vs. Sunni Muslims), and the Caucasus (Orthodox Russians vs. Chechen Muslims; Muslim Azerbaijanis vs. Catholic and Orthodox Armenians) are merely a few cases in point. These are places where religion has been the explicit cause of literally millions of deaths in recent decades.

Why is religion such a potent source of violence? There is no other sphere of discourse in which human beings so fully articulate their differences from one another, or cast these differences in terms of everlasting rewards and punishments. Religion is the one endeavor in which us–them thinking achieves a transcendent significance. If you really believe that calling God by the right name can spell the difference between eternal happiness and eternal suffering, then it becomes quite reasonable to treat heretics and unbelievers rather badly. The stakes of our religious differences are immeasurably higher than those born of mere tribalism, racism, or politics.

Religion is also the only area of our discourse in which people are systematically protected from the demand to give evidence in defense of their strongly held beliefs. And yet, these beliefs often determine what they live for, what they will die for, and all too often what they will kill for. This is a problem, because when the stakes are high, human beings have a simple choice between conversation and violence. At the level of societies, the choice is between conversation and war. There is nothing apart from a fundamental willingness to be reasonable to have one's beliefs about the world revised by new evidence and new arguments that can guarantee we will keep talking to one another. Certainty without evidence is necessarily divisive and dehumanizing.

Therefore, one of the greatest challenges facing civilization in the twenty-first century is for human beings to learn to speak about their deepest personal concerns—about ethics, spiritual experience, and the inevitability of human suffering—in ways that are not flagrantly irrational. Nothing stands in the way of this project more than the respect we accord religious faith. While there is no guarantee that rational people will always agree, the irrational are certain to be divided by their dogmas.

It seems profoundly unlikely that we will heal the divisions in our world simply by multiplying the occasions for interfaith dialogue. The end game for civilization cannot be mutual tolerance of patent irrationality. All parties to ecumenical religious discourse have agreed to tread lightly over those points where their worldviews would otherwise collide, and yet these very points remain perpetual sources of bewilderment and intolerance for their coreligionists. Political correctness simply does not offer an enduring basis for human cooperation. If religious war is ever to become unthinkable for us, in the way that slavery and cannibalism seem poised to, it will be a matter of our having dispensed with the dogma of faith.

Pat Savage

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Getting On-Track Experience at Miller Motorsports in Utah

Guest blog from Dewayne Jasper

Most motorcycle riders look to find their main source of adventure on the road via road trips. In reality, motorcycles give you the chance to do much more than that.Although you can have an exciting ride on the way to events, it is also good to find other ways to use your motorcycle, such as at Miller in Utah. The Miller Motorsports Park hosts a range of racing events, but the big draw for bikers is the open track days when you get to experience their track for yourself. That means that you can take your bike for a unique adventure, no bags required.

The Track 
Miller Motorsports Park is located in Tooele, Utah, about 35 minutes from Salt Lake CityIt is a racing location where you can watch great series, such as NASCAR, Pro Motocross, and the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. What is great about this park is that owners also aim to give visitors the chance to experience the race track first hand. There are karts, off-road vehicles, motorcycles, and automobiles that race on the track,and they also have frequent open track days. 
Open Track Days
The open track days at Miller in Utah are perfect for those who have always wanted to see what it would be like to race their motorcycle. They are run by APEX track days and are surprisingly affordable to participate in. There are typically open track days about once a month, so you can plan your visit for any month you want. To increase the adventure, pack some saddlebags and take a road trip to Utah on your bike. On the way there or back, be sure to take a ride along some of the scenic mountain routes surrounding Salt Lake City.

Safety doesn’t have to be a concern during open track days at Miller in Utah. All motorcycles on the track have to be in good shape, so you don’t have to worry about getting injured by someone else’s faulty bike. They also require full safety gear and a short track orientation before you do your first ride. Accidents are incredibly rare, but even if something does happen, there is an ambulance on-site. 
All Experience Levels
Riding to Miller in Utah is a great option no matter how long you have been riding your motorcycle. They have three different groups so beginners will ride with others at their level, preventing the need to worry about fast racers pressuring them or getting in the way. It is also a great way to learn more about your motorcycle and all that it can do. 
Getting There
If you are already going to Utah, you might as well make a great trip out of it. State Route 39 (the Ogden River Scenic Byway) runs right by Salt Lake City and is considered an excellent road for motorcycling. The route covers 62 miles and gives you the chance to enjoy a nice breeze and gorgeous views overlooking mountains and valleys. The road itself is smooth with lots of fun twists and turns, so all you need is a bag with supplies.
About the Author:
Dewayne Jasper has been riding for over 6 years with his Kawasaki Ninja ZX6R; you can also follow him on twitter and know about his riding.

Harley Davidson Factory Longblock Engines

Harley-Davidson Press Release:

A familiar V-Twin cadence is the beating heart and soul of every Harley-Davidson motorcycle, but when that high-mileage heart begins to skip a beat the new Harley-Davidson® LongBlock Program can put the rumble back in the ride simply, quickly and affordably.
Unlike an engine rebuild from the repair shop down the street, or an after-market replacement engine, the Harley-Davidson LongBlock is a Harley-Davidson Twin Cam engine manufactured from 100 percent new Original Equipment components and built to the latest factory specifications, and retains the original motorcycle Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). Through the LongBlock program, North American customers in addition have the opportunity to upgrade select engines to larger displacements and the option to select the camshaft performance they desire. A replacement engine based on a Harley-Davidson LongBlock sub-assembly is backed by a limited 12-month/unlimited mileage warranty.
The LongBlock program replaces the Harley-Davidson Engine Remanufacturing (Reman) program with a more flexible solution that enables customization and offers factory-new engines without requiring shipment of the entire original engine back to the factory. The new LongBlock program is available in all international regions, and engines being replaced do not require shipment to the United States.
The crankcase is pre-assembled with flywheels, connecting rods, bearings, seals, cylinders, pistons, rings, heads, valves, valve springs, tappets and pushrod covers. Standard upgrades include a Screamin’ Eagle® lefty crankcase bearing, Screamin’ Eagle cam bearings and Screamin’ Eagle performance tappets to handle higher stress loads and performance upgrades. In addition, 1999-2006 LongBlock sub-assemblies are upgraded with late-model hydraulic cam tensioners, a high-volume oil pump and a billet cam plate. Also included and ready for installation by an authorized Harley-Davidson dealer are top end rocker arm supports, rocker arms and shafts, pushrods and breathers. The LongBlock also includes the cam support plate, cam plate bearings, cam and timing chain drive, hydraulic tensioners and all required gaskets and new hardware to complete the assembly. The 2007-2013 103- and 110-cubic inch LongBlock engines feature factory-installed Automatic Compression Releases.
The customer can chose a silver or black-highlighted engine to match the styling of his or her bike. To make it easy to further customize style and performance, the LongBlock is sold without cam shafts, lower rocker boxes, upper rocker box covers, or cam cover. The customer may have the current cams and cover re-installed, or select from a wide assortment of performance cams and custom engine cover options, with finishes that are polished and chrome-plated, gloss black, wrinkle black or even the Dark Custom machine-cut highlights of the Burst Collection. Chrome hardware is also available. A streamlined ordering process packages additional unassembled parts with the LongBlock assembly, so they will all be on hand for final assembly by the authorized Harley-Davidson dealer.
Customers in North America only can also choose to upgrade engine displacement and performance. Bikes originally equipped with Twin Cam 88® engines can upgrade to 95- or 103-cubic inch displacement, and Twin Cam 96™-equipped models can be repowered with 103- or 110-cubic inch engines based on specific model fitment. Upgrades require model-specific ECM recalibration.
To initiate the LongBlock program, customers simply take their Harley-Davidson motorcycle to an authorized dealership. The dealer will remove the engine from the frame and ship the left crankcase half to Harley-Davidson for VIN verification (this step not required outside North America). In 10 to 20 days a new LongBlock will return to that dealership, ready for final assembly and installation in the motorcycle. The LongBlock engine retains the original Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) for easy title exchange and registration.
The price of the LongBlock assembly depends on engine specification, but starts at just $3,495 and includes shipping. Dealer labor to remove, complete the assembly and install the engine is priced separately.  Some components such as cam choice and accessories selected to finish the engine are also separate.
MSRP: $3,750.00 – $4,695.00
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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Optimizing your Twitter page for maximum results!

One of the most important, and often overlooked parts of any Twitter page is the bio section. Your band may have the coolest profile pics, but without a great bio no one will ever see it.

Whether you’re new to Twitter or a veteran Tweeter, chances are you give more thought to the contents of your Tweets than to the content of your bio. Optimizing your bio is fairly simple and there are a number of tips out there to help you make the most of your Twitter experience.

I have compiled a list of proven tips that musicians are using to get their presence out to a wider audience.

1. Take full advantage of the space provided - Twitter allows you 160 character to wow the world, use all of them. It is near impossible to convey what you’re about in one short sentence. You know you’re great, you’re mom knows you’re great, but the rest of the world might need a little more convincing. The more information you can give them, the better.

2. Use keyword - Think of Twitter as a giant people based search engine. Think of things that people would search for to find your band, and try to include those keywords in your bio. Some keywords that might be relevant to you might include, “musician,” “indie,” “folk music,” “gangsta rapper,” etc. The more niche and targeted you can be, the better.

3. Have fun with it - Make your bio an extension of your personality. Whatever your personality is and whoever you are as an artist, make sure your bio represents that. If you’re funny, be funny. Showing your personality is a great way to make a great first impression.

4. Include your location - Some people don’t like to put a location or will just put the country they are from. I would advise against this. If you don’t want to be as specific as putting the city or town that you live in, at least put the general area or state that you’re in. This will help if people are looking for musicians locally or within a certain area, especially when looking for live shows. Additionally, this will aid in networking with other musicians in your area.

5. Have a link to your website - Twitter allows you to enter a link to a website that will appear in your bio. The only link you should be using in your bio is a link to your own website. Don’t use a link to your Facebook page, ReverbNation profile, etc. They can always go to those pages after they’ve visited your website. Give yourself the traffic, not some social media site. By sending people to “your” website, you can entice them to join your mailing list, read your blog, watch your videos, and visit your online store to make purchases.

6. Update your bio regularly - Your Twitter bio should be updated regularly. If you’re putting out a new album, going on tour, or have won an award, be sure to add a quick sentence about that. Always be aware of your Twitter bio and whether it still reflects who you are as an artist.

A good Twitter bio can tell someone a lot about your band. It can make it easier for new fans to discover your music. I hope these tips were helpful, now go write the next great Twitter bio!!

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Friday, September 26, 2014

The Geopolitics of World War III

"When you see the mouthpieces of the 
ruling class begin to demonize a foreign 
country, the first question in your mind should 
always be "what is actually at stake here?"

"For some time now Russia, China, Iran, and 
Syria have been in the cross hairs. Once you 
understand why, the events unfolding in the 
world right now will make much more sense."

9/11 and the seeds of WWIII cannot be fully 
understood without understanding the yoke 
of the Petrodollar, which has been placed 
around the neck of any country that wanted 
to buy oil, since the SCG says here,
with the establishment of the Petrodollar, 
"...the dollar went from being a gold-backed 
currency to a oil-backed currency. It also 
became America's primary export."

"This petrodollar system stood unchallenged 
until September of 2000 when Saddam Hussein 
announced his decision to switch Iraq's oil sales 
off of the dollar to Euros. This was a direct attack 
on the dollar, and easily the most important 
geopolitical event of the year, but only one article 
in the western media even mentioned it.

"In the same month that Saddam announced he 
was moving away from the dollar, an organization 
called the 'The Project for a New American Century', 
of which Dick Cheney just happened to be a 
member, released a document entitled 
Forces and Resources For a New Century'. This 
document called for massive increases in US 
military spending and a much more aggressive 
foreign policy in order to expand US dominance 
worldwide. However the document lamented that 
achieving these goals would take many years 
'absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event - 
like a new Pearl Harbor'.

"One year later they got it.

"Riding the emotional reaction to 9/11, the Bush 
administration was able to invade Afghanistan 
and Iraq and pass the Patriot Act, all without any 
significant resistance.

"There were no weapons of mass 
destruction in Iraq, and this wasn't a 
question of 'bad intelligence'. This was a 
cold calculated lie, and the decision to 
invade was made in full knowledge of 
the disaster which would follow.

"They knew exactly what was going to happen 
but in 2003, they did it anyway. Once Iraqi oil 
fields were under US control, oil sales were 
immediately switched back to the dollar. Mission 

"Soon after the invasion of Iraq, the Bush 
Administration attempted to extend these wars 
to Iran. Supposedly the Iranian government was 
working to build a nuclear weapon...[but] after 
the Iraq fiasco, Washington's credibility was 
severely damaged. As a result, they were unable 
to muster international or domestic support for an 
intervention...However, the demonization 
campaign against Iran continued even into 
the Obama administration.


"Well, might it have something to do with the 
fact that since 2004 Iran has been in the 
process of organizing an independent oil 
bourse? They were building their own oil market, 
and it wasn't going to be tied to the dollar. The 
first shipments of oil were sold through this 
market in July of 2011.

"Unable to get the war that they wanted, the US 
used the UN to impose sanctions against Iran. The 
goal of the sanctions was to topple the Iranian 
regime. While this did inflict damage on the Iranian 
economy, the measures failed to destabilize the 
country. This was due in large part to Russia's 
assistance in bypassing US banking restrictions.

"In February of 2009 Muammar Gaddafi, was 
named chairman of the African Union. He 
immediately proposed the formation of a 
unified state with a single currency. It was 
the nature of that proposed currency that got 
him killed.

"In March of 2009 the African Union released a 
document entitled 'Towards a Single African 
Currency'. Pages 106 and 107 of that document 
specifically discuss the benefits and technicalities 
of running the African Central bank under a gold 
standard. On page 94, it explicitly states that the 
key to the success of the African Monetary Union 
would be the 'eventual linking of a single African 
currency to the most monetary of all commodities
- gold.'

"In 2011, the CIA moved into Libya and began 
backing militant groups in their campaign to 
topple Gaddafi and the US and NATO pushed 
through and stretched a UN no-fly-zone resolution 
to tip the balance with airstrikes. The presence of 
Al-Qaeda extremists among these rebel fighters 
was swept under the rug.

"Libya, like Iran and Iraq had committed the 
unforgivable crime of challenging the US 

"The NATO intervention in Libya segued into a 
covert war on Syria. The armories of the Libyan 
government were looted and the weapons were 
shipped via Turkey to Syrian rebel groups working 
to topple Assad. 

"It was already clear, at this point that many of these 
fighters had ties to terrorist organizations. However, 
the US national security apparatus viewed this as a 
necessary evil. In fact the Council on Foreign relations 
published an article in 2012 stating that 'The influx of 
jihadis brings discipline, religious fervor, battle 
experience from Iraq, funding from Sunni 
sympathizers in the Gulf, and most importantly, deadly 
results. In short, the FSA needs al-Qaeda now.'...

"Let's be clear here, the US put ISIS in power.

"In 2013, these same Al-Qaeda-linked Syrian rebels 
launched two sarin gas attacks. This was an attempt 
to frame Assad and muster international support for 
military intervention. Fortunately, they were exposed 
by UN and Russian investigators and the push for 
airstrikes completely fell apart when Russia stepped
in to broker a diplomatic solution.

"The campaign for regime change in Syria, as 
in Libya has been presented in terms of human 
rights. Obviously, this isn't the real motive.

"In 2009, Qatar put forth a proposal to run a natural 
gas pipeline through Syria and Turkey to Europe. 
Assad however rejected this, and in 2011 he forged 
a pact with Iraq and Iran to run a pipeline eastward 
cutting Qatar and Saudi Arabia out of the loop 

"Not surprisingly Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey 
have been the most aggressive regional players in 
the push to topple the Syrian government.

"But why would this pipeline dispute put Syria in 
Washington's cross hairs? Three reasons:

1. This pipeline arrangement would significantly 
strengthen Iran's position, allowing them to export 
to European markets without having to pass through 
any of Washington's allies. This obviously reduces 
the US government's leverage.

2. Syria is Iran's closest ally. It's collapse would 
inherently weaken Iran.

3. Syria and Iran have a mutual defense agreement, 
and a US intervention in Syria could open the door to 
open conflict with Iran.

"In February of 2014 this global chess game heated 
up in a new venue: Ukraine. The real target, 
however was Russia.

"You see, Russia just happens to be the world's 
second largest oil exporter, and not only have they 
been a thorn in Washington's side diplomatically, but 
they also opened an energy bourse in 2008, 
with sales denominated in Rubles and gold. 
This project had been in the works since 2006. 
They have also been working with China to pull 
off of the dollar in all of their bilateral trade.

"Russia has also been in the process of organizing 
a Eurasian Economic Union which includes plans to 
adopt common currency unit, and which is slated to 
have its own independent energy market.

"Leading up to the crisis in Ukraine had been 
presented with a choice: either join the EU under an 
association agreement or join the Eurasian Union. 
The EU insisted that this was an either-or-proposition. 
Ukraine couldn't join both. Russia on the other 
hand, asserted that joining both posed no issue. 
President Yanukovich decided to go with Russia.

"In response, the US national security apparatus 
did what it does best: they toppled Yanukovich 
and installed a puppet government...

"Though this all seemed to be going well at first, the 
US quickly lost control of the situation. Crimea held a 
referendum and the people voted overwhelmingly to 
secede from Ukraine and reunify with Russia. The 
transition was orderly and peaceful. No one was killed, 
yet the West immediately framed the entire event as 
an act of Russian aggression, and this became the 
go-to mantra from that point on.

"Crimea is important geostrategically because of its 
position in the Black Sea which allows for the projection 
of naval power into the Mediterranean. It has also been 
Russian territory for most of recent history.

"The US has been pushing for Ukraine's inclusion into 
NATO for years now. Such a move would place US 
forces right on Russia's border and could have potentially 
resulted in Russia losing their naval base in Crimea.
This is why Russia immediately accepted the results of
the Crimean referendum and quickly consolidated the 

"Meanwhile, in Eastern Ukraine, two regions declared 
independence from Kiev and held referendums of 
their own. The results of which overwhelmingly 
favored self-rule.

"Kiev responded to this with what they referred to 
as anti-terrorist operations. In practice this was a 
massive and indiscriminate shelling campaign which 
killed thousands of civilians. Apparently, killing 
civilians didn't qualify as aggression to the West. 
In fact, the IMF explicitly warned the provisional 
government that their 17 billion dollar loan 
package could be in danger if they were not able 
to put down the uprising in eastern Ukraine.

"While the war against eastern Ukraine was raging, 
elections were held and Petro Poroshenko was elected 
president. It turns out that Poroshenko, was exposed 
by a leaked diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks in 
2008, as having worked as a mole for the US State 
Department since 2006. They referred to him as 'Our 
Ukraine insider' and much of the cable referred to 
information that he was providing. (A separate cable 
showed that the US knew Poroshenko was corrupt, 
even at that point.)

"Having a puppet in place, however hasn't turned out 
to be enough to give Washington the upper hand in 
this crisis. What does Washington do when they 
have no other leverage? They impose sanctions, 
they demonize and they saber rattle (or pull a 
false flag).

"This isn't a very good strategy when dealing with 
Russia. In fact, it has already backfired. The sanctions 
have merely pushed Russia and China into closer 
cooperation and accelerated Russia's de-dollarization 
agenda. And in spite of the rhetoric, this has not led 
to Russia being isolated. The US and NATO have put 
a wedge between themselves and Russia, but not 
between Russia and the rest of the world (look up 
BRICS if you are unclear about this).

"This new anti-dollar axis goes deeper than economics. 
These countries understand what's at stake here. This 
is why in the wake of the Ukrainian crisis, China has 
proposed a new Eurasian security pact which would 
include Russia and Iran.

"Consider the implications, here as the Obama 
Administration begins bombing in Syria, which also 
has a mutual defense agreement with Iran.

"This is not the cold war 2.0. This is World 
War 3.0. The masses may not have figured it out 
yet, but history will remember it that way.

"Alliances are already solidifying and and a 
hot war is underway on multiple fronts. If the 
provocations and proxy wars continue, it's only a 
matter of time before the big players confront each 
other directly, and that is a recipe for disaster.

"Does all of this sound insane to you? Well, you're 
right. The people running the world right now are 
insane, and the public is sleep-walking into a 

"If you want to alter the course that we are on, 
there's only one way to do it. We have to wake up 
that public. Even the most powerful weapons of 
war are neutralized if you reach the mind of 
the man behind the trigger.

"How do we wake the masses you ask? Don't wait 
for someone else to answer that for you. Get 
creative. Act like you children's and grandchildren's 
futures depend on it, because they do."

The Geopolitics of World War III

Open Letter To Live Music Venues

Dear venue owners and managers,

You may have noticed a decline in attendance, lower quality of music, and generally unappreciative performers. I feel your pain and have some suggestions for you so that you get the highest quality of music, more attendance, and happiness in your life.

We professional musicians--the humble, the great--know we are servants. We bring joy and soul to the darkest corners of downtown, and then shlep our axes through the back alleys.

Pay us.

That’s right! Monetary compensation for a service which we have trained for years to be able to provide. Some of us even went to school to better understand the magic that we bring. Do you understand how disheartening it is to watch the doorman go home with most of our cover?

Weed out the amateurs. We don’t mind.

Don’t feel you should pay lower quality musicians? We agree! Take a little time to make sure your acts are the real deal. Feel free to listen to the music. Look at our resumes. You are a curator.

Have a decent PA system.

If we bring our own PA, it might not be the best kind for your specific venue. We want to sound our best so people are comfortable STAYING. You want that too.

Feed us.

Musicians shouldn’t have to spend money to stay standing at a gig. It is common courtesy to provide food.

Don’t give us “drink tickets”.

It’s like giving an allowance to a 23 year old. It’s patronizing to 1) be paid in beer (Is that how you pay your bartenders?) and 2) have you assume we are gluttonous drunks.

Promote us.

We will do our fair share of promo, but unless you want us to only bring our friends and family (half of which will want to be on the guest list and none of which will return without us), do a little work. Get us on your website calendar (with a picture, mini-bio, and link to our website). Put up our flyer in your bathroom.

We have fans, but the steady working musician can’t be expected to bring them to every gig. I’m sure there are fans of your venue. Bring them out! What’s more, if you can build a reputation for always having amazing musicians, people won’t even care who is playing. They will show up.

Stop offering us “exposure”.

To what are you exposing us? Our own fans who we painstakingly convinced to come support us? Unless you have a large, built-in audience (e.g. a festival) that is there to see what great new act you have procured, “exposure” means nothing to us. NOTHING. (And if you are running a festival, you should be paying musicians anyway because that’s probably why people are there.)
Okay, take a deep breath. You are probably pretty angry right now and want to switch to Pay-to-Play just to spite us (if you haven’t already). We know that you are running a business. We are too. You need to make a profit. There are expenses. And unless you are happy with a noob garage band who will trash your lovely establishment or drink until horizontal because that is their only payment, we are one of those expenses. You have a right to expect excellence. We WANT to provide you with quality entertainment. We WANT people to keep ordering food and drink all night so they stay and watch us. We WANT to build a rapport with you. So please stop pushing us away by making gigging a miserable experience.

Treat us well and we will be your bards, your court jesters, and your geisha.

Because, remember, when you are counting on word of mouth, we hold the microphone.

With love,

A Working Class Musician