Taylor Swift has a few thoughts on the music industry

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Taylor Swift's RED Tour - Los Angeles - 8/19/2013I knew there was a reason that I have been defending this girl for the past two years on my show.

Taylor Swift wrote an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal in which she shares with us a few ideas of where the music business will go in the future.

Some highlights:

Music is art, and art is important and rare. Important, rare things are valuable. Valuable things should be paid for.”

Like the Joker said, if you’re good at something, never do it for free. If your labor is free, it should be only so as long as it is a wise investment for your future. The entertainment business is wrought with sociopaths looking to exploit artists to make a buck. Don’t let them. Do it on your own terms.

“Some music is just for fun, a passing fling (the ones they dance to at clubs and parties for a month while the song is a huge radio hit, that they will soon forget they ever danced to). However, some artists will be like finding “the one.”

I like this metaphor. The Rolling Stones were passed on to me by my father and will always hold a special place in my heart right next to Vangelis, an artist I found on my own. However, my wife can rip into me all she wants for my iPhone gym mix jammed packed with Lana Del Rey and Lady Gaga. Yeah, she can rip into me all she wants. She has a point. But I don’t care.

I think forming a bond with fans in the future will come in the form of constantly providing them with the element of surprise. No, I did not say “shock”; I said “surprise.”

Dinosaurs go extinct for a reason; they don’t adapt to the huge flaming meteor with a giant, “Sean Parker/Napster” sticker on it. Notice how she focuses on the quality of her product and the fans, instead of the bottom line. I think she knows that making the best song you can, the best product you can for your target audience, is how you become successful in your artistic endeavors. Like this guy said recently.

In the future, artists will get record deals because they have fans—not the other way around.”

A successful artist is an entrepreneurial one. Entrepreneurialism is the future of wealth for this country. I’m glad to see her setting an example.

Back to why I have been defending her. Full disclosure: she’s easy on the eyes, I got a thing for those thigh pants, and I’ve never heard one of her songs. Sometimes I just like to be contrarian, but in this case, I think this girl has gotten too much undeserved flack.

Granted, she needs to learn to take a joke. She’s a public figure, and therefore cannon fodder for some comedians that are funny, and a bunch more who aren’t. She was out of line saying, “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.” Click that link above for a proper response. It’s okay, Taylor, we all make mistakes.

And on to her personal life. She’s 24 years old and isn’t done maturing yet. That said, she’s accomplished more in that short time than most of us will ever accomplish in our lifetimes. Envy brings out the worst of us. Personally, I find people more successful than me inspiring, but I guess I’m a weirdo.

She finds herself the butt of many jokes due to her inability to keep a long-term boyfriend and then choosing to write about it in her songs. If you are one of these people snickering at her failed love life, I have some news for you; the joke’s on you.

Most of us, when we get our hearts broken, dip into the bank account and drone on to a therapist who is probably making a grocery list in his or her head while we sob about our evil horrible ex. Swift, on the other hand, gets paid to go to therapy, which is her piano. I say, good for her!

I can tell you from personal experience that artistic expression is both the best form of therapy, not only because it allows you to be honest, but you also get to entertain and help people who have been through what you’ve been through. And if you can get some Benjamins for your trouble and tears, more power to you. Cry your way into a Lexus while you drive to the airport on your way to Hawaii, first class.

Also, Ms. Swift is not the first musician to do this, duh. Frank Sinatra not only has Ava Gardner to thank for getting him the role that won him an Oscar, but for stomping on his heart, inspiring him to make, “Songs for Only the Lonely.” That guy from, “Full House,” may or may have not been the inspiration for, “You Outta Know,” but whoever it was, he can bang away at his mistress guilt-free knowing that Alanis Morissette is a millionaire thanks to his cold, cold heart.

So, with that in mind, rock on, Taylor. Keep writing, keep singing, stay away from drugs and don’t beat yourself up too hard if another dumb boy breaks your heart. Not that you need my advice; you’re doing just fine.

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