A Jewish vocalist drawn to gospel

“The Christian thing freaks out my Jewish friends, who know me as a know-it-all, self-educated Marxist intellectual with leftist tendencies. My response to them is that throughout history, potent political force comes when spiritual fervour is mixed with the struggle for social justice. That’s the essence of Jewish and African-American traditional music. This is a dark time in human history. In the face of fear and oppression we can find joy in spiritual music. It reaches for transcendence. It’s about trying to break out of the present and reaching a universal place.” Jewish vocalist David Wall, on singing traditional gospel music

Leisure work

“I hear different cats complaining about that and I’m like, ‘Man, you could be somewhere lifting boxes right now.’ This ain’t work, this is leisure. You get to sit and talk about yourself for hours, all day long. What’s hard about that? You’ll never hear me complain, because I know what I could be doing.” R&B star Ne-Yo, on doing interviews

But nobody there will listen to me

“You know, I’ve got a plan that could rescue Apple. I can’t say any more than that it’s the perfect product and the perfect strategy for Apple. But nobody there will listen to me.” Steve Jobs, Fortune magazine - Sept. 18, 1995

Prententious

“Why not listen to As I Became We by Tishara Quailfeather… The virulent and hermetically sealed pinings of the world’s only triple gold selling Native American artist living in an iron lung. It’s as if newly dead, and thus still pure angels, reached down into The Virgin Mothers throat and gently lifted out the sweetest and most plaintive sounds man will ever hope to hear in this life. RATING: 7.17” David Cross, Top Ten CD’s That I Just Made Up (and accompanying made-up review excerpts) to listen to while skimming through some of the overwrought reviews on Pitchforkmedia.com

Arts will be fine without Bulte

“As a resident of Parkdale-High Park, and one who toils in and for the arts, I can tell you quite emphatically that I, and many others, will not miss Sarmite Bulte. She was unresponsive to her (thankfully former) constituency and completely out of touch with the needs of those she was supposed to represent. Her ‘dedication’ to the arts was conveyed with a sense of noblesse oblige mixed with an autograph-seeker’s thirst for celebrity culture. The arts will do fine without her.” Dr. David Kinahan, in a letter to the Toronto Star

Devo-lution

“The one thing we learned from the hippies, and the one thing that the punks should have learned and they didn’t, is that anarchy is obsolete, especially in a robust capitalist society. By learning that, we realized that change in this culture is going to come through subversion, not rebellion. We’re not going to overthrow an evil empire, we’re going to change it from within. So what better place to be at than Disney?Devo frontman Mark Mothersbaugh

Overexposed

“Now I kinda wish we could re-run the experiment. Are MySpace users just younger and without credit cards? What happens when you make the “Buy CD” links bigger? What happens when you include artwork? Change the colors? What if you offered $2 off just for MySpace members? What about a free t-shirt for the first 10 to buy? Eh, forget sales—how about a free CD to anyone who refers 10 more MySpace friends? You know, make ‘em feel good for being a MySpace ninja… and it’s around this point that I realize: evil marketing-bot DNA has somehow seeped into my blackened soul, threatening to turn me into a switch-your-phone-service telemarketing lizard-boy, to be scorned by the world.” Scott Andrew, on numbers and exposure

Church Music

“We felt that there were a lot of people asking, ‘Where do we go from here, now that we’ve changed our church music to sound like bad U2 covers?’” Jars of Clay guitarist Matt Odmark, on the Christian music industry