Being a music publisher, I’ve developed a certain fascination with big pop hits.  I’m not talking about flash-in-the-pan cuts written for the teenage set, but the songs that resonate with people of all ages.  The songs that are timeless, yet define their era.  The songs that are simply magic.

One such gem in the Downtown Music Publishing catalog is the sonic explosion known as “Groove Is In the Heart” by Deee-Lite.  It’s just one of the many brilliant songs by this genre-bending group. 

This week, the good folks at Warner Music’s Rhino division finally rolled out their official, ground-breaking video to YouTube.


Before music videos first came out, you’d listen to a song with headphones on, sitting in a beanbag chair with your eyes closed, and you’d come up with your own visions, these things that came from within. Then all of a sudden, sometimes even the very first time you heard a song, it was with these visual images attached, and it robbed you of any form of self-expression.
Eddie Vedder on music videos circa 1993. Can’t imagine he thinks much of YouTube’s subscription video service.
We view this as a commitment to being a part of the New York community as a corporate citizen but also as a way for New Yorkers to continue to engage with their technology as they continue to consume more and more data.

Marissa Shorenstein, president of AT&T’s New York division, on announcing the launch of a pilot program for solar-powered phone charging stations.  

Like Citibike, this is a great example of a public-private partnership at work.  

My father was in charge of the men’s lavatory at the Ritz Hotel. My mother was a chambermaid at the same hotel. I was educated at the London School of Economics.

The opening paragraph of copywriter Ray Taylor’s job application at Ogilvy & Mather.  David Ogilvy called this the best job application letter he had ever received.  

From The Unpublished David Ogilvy.  A fantastic read.

I know a lot of people who do technology for a living and almost universally, there’s a libertarian streak that runs through them — information should be free, do your own thing and leave me alone, that sort of mind-set. That’s very much what the Internet is. And almost to a person that I’ve talked to, they say, ‘Yeah, I would probably vote for Republicans, but I can’t get past the gay-marriage ban, the abortion stance, all of these social causes.’ Almost universally, they see a future where you have more options, not less. So questions about whether you can be married to the person you want to be married to just flies in the face of the future. They don’t want to be part of an organization that puts them squarely on the wrong side of history.
Michael Turk, a G.O.P. digital strategist from Robert Draper’s excellent NYT Magazine piece: Can the Republicans Be Saved from Obsolescence?
But here’s where the Dutch example is instructive. The government did not ask for volunteers to leave. It made a decision, based on real numbers and the economy of the area. The polder would be used as a spillway. The farms would have to go. The farmers would be compensated, but staying wasn’t an option: a tough, greater-good decision that American politicians tend to avoid like kryptonite.