Intellectual Property.

We hear a lot about intellectual property, these days; who owns it, how to protect it and so on, but it always seems like society and its laws are fighting a losing battle in the attempt to keep up with a rapidly developing and ever-more networked internet. Perhaps it is time to admit defeat and declare victory to the internet. This is a shocking statement I know, but perhaps all property really is theft, even intellectual property. OK, I am a writer, a poet, a songwriter and an artist and I am writing on a blog set up for writers to promote and share their talents, so I can already feel your hackles rising! Of course I would love to make a living from my arts and creativity, we all would, but perhaps WordPress and other blogging sites just demonstrate to us that everyone is an artist, and perhaps we should not really soil our creativity by dirtying it with the nasty business of trying to profit from it at all. In the end, although many of those that do profit from the arts are very talented, many have also been fortunate enough to benefit from making the right contacts, or by having great skills of promotion and marketing themselves. In fact, like in all areas of capitalism, success in the arts means success in business and marketing. Yes, we have the ideas and create the products, but if we cannot market them ourselves then perhaps it is fair enough that the managers, the agents, the publishers, promoters and the like should profit from them. Of course if this does happen, we would all want to take our share, and usually these days, artists do get a reasonable share, but perhaps the whole business is finished, now that everything can and will be instantly shared on the internet. The big record companies, for example, having been masters of marketing, have had it far too good for far too long, and they are the ones most upset by free sharing on the internet. They are the ones fighting against the inevitable in the courts, and I do not feel much sympathy for them if they are losing out on a few million pounds profit here and there! They are businessmen and women and if they cannot find ways of holding on to their profits, they will have to find other ways.

I am an artist, not a businessman. In fact, I am fundamentally opposed to rampant materialism, profiteering, greed and out of control capitalism. It is important to me to share my creations, and if any of them are good enough for people to want to share them, I would like to be credited. This is my ego talking and wanting to protect ‘my’ creations. However, one of the beauties of WordPress is the way writers bounce off each other and creations on occasion blur into each other with the inspiration of collaboration, like a perfectly tuned-in improvising jazz band. It becomes impossible to say who started a particular theme or motif. Ultimately all art is inspired by all other art and nothing really arises out of a void.

Is it right for a piece of art to be worth millions of pounds, while equally impressive art sits in the bedrooms and studios of great, unknown artists all over the world? Is it right to live our lives waiting and hoping to one day be discovered, and then to fight against the natural tendency of humans to share, by claiming our right to ownership and therefore profit? I think we should concentrate instead on other ways of financing our creativity; ways which will undoubtedly spark off further creativity, rather than stifling it by diverting energy into marketing; ways such as teaching to enable others to enjoy the beauty of creating and expressing their entire being, or working therapeutically with the excluded, or oppressed; people who for whatever reason have not been able to discover their inner artist; let us make connections, collaborate, change the world. I for one do not want to relegate the arts to the level of the merely ‘intellectual’ and denigrate them by calling them ‘property’. The arts encompass all levels of humanity, physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, individual, universal. In the arts, imagination reigns supreme, and lifts them way above the level of property. The arts demand the right to shared ownership by the whole of humanity!

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Love Breaks All Our Chains

From energy we arise

Reborn into each new sunrise

Given form by the force of life

In the universe of mind.

We are waves in the same sea

Each longing to be free

But in letting go of ‘me’

We find love and unity.

We all want the same things

Inside we’re all the same

We feel it when our heart sings

And love breaks all our chains.

It’s the force that binds the atom

It’s the rose reaching for the sun

A mystery deeper than you can fathom

It’s the heart of everyone.

It’s the mother tending to her young

It’s the child waking to the sun

It’s the song that will always be sung

It’s the soul of everyone.

http://www.soundcloud.com/dave-crow-barr/love-breaks-all-our-chains 

An Honest Musician

An Honest Musician

I am an honest musician. Everything I sing and write about comes straight from the heart, unfiltered by what I think you might want to hear. I am driven to write and perform. It is something I have always needed to do and it probably keeps me sane. I would love to project an image of the ego-less, wise, modest artist and free spirit, just doing what I have to do, without a care for any recognition. But in truth, all songwriters also think they write great songs. We write the songs we need to hear, the ones no-one else has written, and that no-one else can ever write, because they are projections directly from our egos, full of our emotions, our opinions and our wordplay or melody.

I express a lot of opinions in my songs and quite often they are political, but not of the old left/right variety. I am concerned with spiritual politics. There is a bigger picture out there which unites us all and all life. The struggle is against false beliefs, which are used to divide, oppress and control us, diverting us away from our great, creative potential towards a bland or even cruel or painful life, in the service of those in power. The misuses and abuses of power are all around us, not just in the governments, religious organisations, police and armed forces, but also in the worlds of entertainment, education, business, media, sport, food, medicine and in the forces of social pressure and prevalent morals and attitudes of the day; in our daily lives with people we come into contact with, in the words we use, in our humour – everywhere. There is no monopoly on oppression – left or right; there is no single group or individual with all the right answers. We all make mistakes, we can change and revise our opinions as we grow – hopefully wiser, and society grows with us.

Spiritual politics is based on the recognition that we all come from the same source, and that our experience of existing as a separate individual is largely an illusion. We are not truly separate from anything, so perhaps I can redeem myself by admitting that even though my songs are great, they are actually written by all of you too, as well as all that has gone before me, and all that surrounds me. They do not even exist until there is an audience to hear them and your perception interprets them in the light of your own experience – they are merely the sound of one hand clapping and you are the other hand. So please give them a little time and see what you think, or better still, come and see me live. We will interact, united in the world of sound in which we find ourselves, because:

Everything we say has a rhythm,

Everything we say has a melody,

Everything we say has its own dynamic.

Everything we say has a rhythm,

Everything we say has a melody,

Everything we say has its own dynamic.

Everything we say has a rhythm,

Everything we say has a melody,

Everything we say has its own dynamic.

Everything we say has a rhythm,

Everything we say has a melody,

Everything we say has its own dynamic.