Consider Pandora and Spotify, the streaming music services that are becoming ever more integrated into our daily listening habits. My BMI royalty check arrived recently, reporting songwriting earnings from the first quarter of 2012, and I was glad to see that our music is being listened to via these services. Galaxie 500’s “Tugboat”, for example, was played 7,800 times on Pandora that quarter, for which its three songwriters were paid a collective total of 21 cents, or seven cents each. Spotify pays better: For the 5,960 times “Tugboat” was played there, Galaxie 500’s songwriters went collectively into triple digits: $1.05 (35 cents each).

To put this into perspective: Since we own our own recordings, by my calculation it would take songwriting royalties for roughly 312,000 plays on Pandora to earn us the profit of one— one— LP sale. (On Spotify, one LP is equivalent to 47,680 plays.)

That means I have about 7 days to figure out how to not ruin the holiday for everyone else while trying to not completely implode at the same time. 

Dear Santa.

A couple days ago my co-worker asked me if I had ever been in a movie.  I said “No, but I think I will make it happen.”   So now I begin trying to figure out how to be an extra in a movie.  My goal will to be more then a person in a crowd in the background, but less then a speaking part.  Lets see how this goes.

Sometimes this is how I feel. #seatsforghosts

Jetblue has finally come to Albuquerque.  They are offering $66 flights to NY.  I know what I am doing in May!

Hi my name is Dandee.  I thought you looked interesting so here I am talking to you.  

How exactly does a 38 year old man make new friends?  I can have a conversation with just about anyone.  I have stories to tell and more importantly love listening to yours. 

To add to the difficulty I tend to hang out in loud and dark environments with people 10-15 years younger then me.  Of course, having never really grown up I identify with people at that stage in their life so much easier then I do with someone my actual age. 

Post game. (Taken with Instagram)

Love. (Taken with Instagram)

I live hear and I love here, I have done everything here. But these days I consider trading this cool mountain breeze for the rumble and hustle of the city.

Balloons in the sun. (Taken with Instagram)

A little article about the Scooter Cannonball Run

My office for the evening. Not a bad view. (Taken with Instagram)