Pelosi to Musicians: Quit Your Day Job!

Is this the sort of thinking that got America into trouble in the first place?

According to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, artists and musicians would be able to quit their day jobs and focus on their creative endeavors under the new health care bill.  “We see this as an entrepreneurial bill, a bill that says to someone, ‘if you want to be creative and be a musician or whatever, you can leave your work, focus on your talent, your skill, your passion, your aspirations because you will have health care.'”

Actually, a broader point is being made about the compromises artists and entrepreneurs often make to survive.  But it remains unclear if the larger safety net will encourage greater creativity or entrepreneurialism, or simply create more bloat.  Indeed, the debate over Obamacare stretches far beyond the purview of this publication.

But within music, a real debate does surround the conditions that truly breed creativity and lasting works.  On one hand, greater time and fewer real world distractions are viewed as stimulants for creative output, except that some of the most influential and important artists lived through incredible poverty, oppression, segregation, or otherwise difficult and demanding circumstances.  And, within major labels, huge advances and comfy creative situations tend to lessen the chances of edgy songs and hits.

Of course, there are counter-arguments and lots of back-and-forth to be had.  Perhaps this is a debate best enjoyed over a cold beer, without the pressures of work.

5 Responses

  1. jmcbrowne

    If you’re going to run this kind of story, I believe you should say where it comes from. The mission statement of CNS, the Cybercast News Service, says, in part:

    “Study after study by the Media Research Center, the parent organization of, clearly demonstrate a liberal bias in many news outlets – bias by commission and bias by omission – that results in a frequent double-standard in editorial decisions on what constitutes “news.”

    In response to these shortcomings, MRC Chairman L. Brent Bozell III founded in an effort to provide an alternative news source that would cover stories that are subject to the bias of omission and report on other news subject to bias by commission.”

    No attribution required when we discuss this over a cold beer, but this is the Digital Music News, right?


    Julian McBrowne

    • presnikoff

      Well, the Pelosi statement is clearly liberal, are you referring to some ‘vast left-wing conspiracy’ perhaps?

    • jennifer1119

      Awww, you say “liberal bias” as though it were a bad thing. Someone has to provide a more palatable alternative to the “conservative bias” spewed by Limbaugh and FOX News.

      • Ignacio

        Jennifer, wouldn’t you agree that the music industry is overwhelmingly liberal?

        • jennifer1119

          No, I can’t agree with that generalization. I can think of a number of highly conservative and right-leaning musicians. As for those involved in the business end of things…they’re business people, in the business of making money, not art. What’s so liberal about that?