Five Points – 52 (Final Edition)

Final Edition –

This is the final edition of Five Points.  I am also logging off of social indefinitely, as of today.

I’ve reflected on my motivation for crafting this weekly newsletter lately…and my posting on Spacebook and Instaham.

Connection with friends that live so far away?  Vanity? Practicing writing?  To see if I could commit to writing once per week for a year?  Growing my business?  Testing ideas?  Fear of missing out?  Personally learning new things, as I always retain more as a result of writing about them?  As a reel for people that don’t know me and those that do to know what I’m thinking about?  To have a creative outlet?  Mitigating boredom?  Desire to share my life?  A distraction from other, more difficult and important projects?

If I’m honest, all were/are true.  And I’ve been able to achieve a lot of those goals via my current process.

However, I want to try going about things in a different way to see if I can achieve different outcomes.

I’m not totally sure what the next iteration looks like, but I do know I want to try narrowing focus.  That means fewer, deeper connections with those that enrich my life.  At least for now.

I may revive this newsletter and participation with online social networks in the future…but I’m just not sure how at this point.

More than anything, I appreciate everyone for the encouragement and support as a result of writing this missive.  It has really meant a lot.

All that to say, one can find me via email or text…or better, a call or FaceTime…and best, in person.

The Demon Haunted World –

Over twenty years old, this book seems more prudent now than ever…

The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
Carl Sagan

Music that has caught my ear as of late –

Too Close – Alex Clare

The Sound Of Silence (Cover) – Disturbed

Simple Man – Lynyrd Skynyrd

Hallelujah (Cover) – Jeff Buckley

Say Something – Justin Timberlake – ft. Chris Stapleton

Quotes I’m Pondering – 

Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be one.

~ Marcus Aurelius

As long as I live, I’ll hear waterfalls and birds and winds sing. I’ll interpret the rocks, learn the language of flood, storm, and the avalanche. I’ll acquaint myself with the glaciers and wild gardens, and get as near the heart of the world as I can”.  

~ John Muir

Exploration – 

​My primary job is as the CEO of Exploration.  We help media companies compile the data needed to get paid.

The music business is one of the most complex, infamous, and influential systems on earth! To state that there are a lot of moving parts is an understatement.

How The Music Business Works has been written to explain how all of those moving parts work together.

Our goal is to compile and share for free the most exhaustive guide on the subject that exists.

That’s all.  Want to get in touch with me?  Reply to this email, drop me a line – 310-663-2865, or come visit me in the forest near Nashville, TN.

Thank you again for reading.

Take good care and stay close,


Five Points – 51

Logging Off In One Week –

I mentioned last week that I will be ending the writing of my blog in this format next week, rounding out a year / 52 posts.

I will also be logging off of social media indefinitely.  It’s not good for me…the way I’ve been using it: as an escape…a distraction from that which is important…the easy path.

At the end of a long day, it has been so easy to lay around and scroll with no purpose in mind at the firehose of drivel.  No learning.  Very few kernels that make actually feel better.  The echo is deafening.  Holy smokes, it’s 11:37pm…where did the night go?

I then started to watch the actual amount of time I spent on my phone (via the iPhone’s new update – Screen Time) and found myself horrified.

So, I’m giving it a break.

All that to say, one can find me via email or text…or better, a call or FaceTime…and best, in person.

In between more meaningful conversations and visits, I will be diligently working on a number of projects, some new and some old, that deserve more of my focused attention.

Where The Wild Things Are Secret Forest Camp –

I mentioned that I built an Airbnb on my property out of a vintage Airstream camper a few months ago.

I’m proud that I’ve just been awarded ‘Super Host’ status as a result of receiving 4.8 out of 5 stars after hosting 50+ guests.  I really enjoy being able to enjoy this magical property with interesting travelers.  I consider myself more of a guardian of this forest, than I do the owner, as it most certainly be around longer than I.  So, I feel it is my obligation to care for it and protect it and most importantly, share it.

Please consider visiting if you find yourself in and around Nashville.

Amazon –

I’ve been saying that I believed Amazon was coming to Nashville since they announced that a second headquarters or HQ2 was being selected somewhere in the United States 14 months ago.

I thought Nashville was an good choice for several reasons:

  • Tennessee has no income tax, like Washington State.
  • Nashville is situated nearly equidistant to Memphis and Atlanta, which are the global headquarters for FedEx and UPS, respectfully.  Fun fact:  One of the reasons these shipping and logistics headquarters are here is that Middle Tennessee/North Western Georgia experience the lowest number of days per year that the airports are closed due to weather and are in the center of the country weighted for population. Plus, 80% of the population of the US is with a day’s drive.  The shipping logistics support in this region can not be understated.
  • They need to be a place that young people = employees want to be.
  • They need to be in a place that is interested in and has the ability to support growth.

Amazon announced this week that they have chosen not one, but two additional headquarters and a logistics hub.  Washington DC and New York city will get the larger offices, and Nashville will get the smaller third outfit.

It will be the largest single infusion of jobs in the Tennessee’s history and will make a serious impact.  1 million+ square feet of new office space downtown will provide room for 5,000 high skilled employees averaging $150,000+ per year.  That will equal approximately 1 out of every 200 people working downtown.  This a MUCH larger impact than what NYC and DC will experience and from that perspective, it would not have been possible to have the larger offices headquartered here.  Bezoz is smart by running three races instead of one…folks are protesting in the streets in NYC over the announcement, so having alternate opportunities makes a lot of sense.  Real estate prices have already begun to move northward and this trend will rapidly increase as hiring starts next year.  Having such a successful firm headquartered here will further insulate the region from the inevitable recession that most certainly will follow our national boom.

Read the full announcement here –

Quote I’m Pondering –

“What is success?

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate the beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded!”~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Exploration – Control Your Data.  Collect Your Money.

​My primary job is as the CEO of Exploration.  We help media companies compile the data needed to get paid.

Our weekly newsletter is one of the most widely read in the music business.

The newsletter this week highlights the American Music Licensing Collective, a contender to fill in the board seats for the MMA’s Music Licensing Collective. The newly formed group was founded by several music industry professionals to help rights holders get paid. Many more contenders are to be announced as the US Register of Copyrights begins the implementation process of the licensing collective. Secondly, UMG is showing solid Q3 earnings, and its parent company Vivendi is planning to launch a bank selection process to find potential partners to earn a 50% stake in UMG. Liberty Media is highly interested, it appears. And Sony Corp is now the sole owner of EMI Music Publishing, as the deal was officially finalized this week for $2.3 billion.  Now, the details…

Exploration Weekly – First MLC Contender Emerges / Vivendi to Select Banks for UMG Sale / Sony Finalizes EMI Takeover

Five Points – 50

Curtain Close –

Today marks the 50th edition of Five Point Fridays.  I intend on writing only two more stanzas, rounding out a year of publishing in this format.

I’ve given this weekly exercise a lot of thought as of late:

  • What is my intention
  • What is the benefit
  • What is the the cost
  • What do I learn

I’ll expound of these ideas in the final two editions.

Part of the impetus in this direction can be learned from this podcast episode from Seth Godin and Tim Ferriss.

Important take aways include discussion and perspective on

  • How Seth deals with overwhelm
  • How Seth chooses projects
  • How to say “no” to the unimportant and set boundaries
  • Long work vs. hard work
  • The world’s worst boss (spoiler – it’s you)

Space X Satellite Constellation –

Space X filed for another satellite permit with the FCC this week –

This video shows a cool animation and explanation as to how they may encircle the earth and provide very low latency, broadband internet service.  I welcome alternatives to the current providers of telephone and internet service.

Deaf Moths Use “Acoustic Camouflage” to Evade Echolocation –

According to new research, the fuzz you see on the chest of moths is specifically designed to muffle sound and protect them from bats.

The abstract from the The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America is pretty interesting.  Vice Motherboard has a bit more information that some may find a bit more consumable.

What I’m Listening To – 

I found myself visiting the old skool this past week with some classic hip hop.

Juicy – The Notorious B.I.G. –
Regulate – Warren G ft. Nate Dogg –
C.R.E.A.M. – Wu-Tang Clan –
It Was A Good Day – Ice Cube –
Ready or Not – The Fugees –

Exploration – Control Your Data.  Collect Your Money.

​My primary job is as the CEO of Exploration.  We help media companies compile the data needed to get paid.

Our weekly newsletter is one of the most widely read in the music business.

This week focuses on two separate launches made by Spotify and Apple Music. The former came out with an analytics tool, specifically for music publishers, so that they could grab information around how a certain song or songwriter is doing on the platform. The latter also launched a Preferred Distributors List, a three-tier program sorted by Preferred Plus, Preferred, and Approved. Lastly, YouTube Content ID has paid out a whopping $3 billion in ad revenue to content creators in a recent report by Google. That’s up from $2 billion in 2016.  Now, the details…

Exploration Weekly – Spotify Launches Music Publishing Analytics Tool / Apple Music Reveals Preferred Distributors / YT Content ID Pays Out $3 Billion

Five Points – 49

First Fall in Tennessee –

It sure is nice for the weather to have broken.  I remarked to a friend last week that living in Los Angeles for so long made me forget the seasons a bit…having perfect weather everyday, year round, can take the urgency out of things, as it’ll be nice again tomorrow.

I believe there is something innate to most living organisms, spurred by the seasons, to get after it…to work to prepare for the winter…to work to be able to enjoy the literal fruits of the summer…and all of those facets of life in between that make it all worth living.

The Story Behind Michelin Stars –

This is as much a story of incredible food as it is ingenious marketing and acute business acumen –

In a nut shell, the Michelin brothers reviewed wonderful restaurants, in the hopes folks would want to travel to visit them…and need tires to get there.

Falcon 9 Launch –

This short gif of the Space X Falcon 9 launch over Los Angeles is pretty awesome –

What I’m Listening To – 

Ben Folds composes a song live for the National Symphony Orchestra in about 10 minutes –

Exploration – Control Your Data.  Collect Your Money.

​My primary job is as the CEO of Exploration.  We help media companies compile the data needed to get paid.

Our weekly newsletter is one of the most widely read in the music business.

The European Commission’s latest approval of Sony Corp’s plans to fully acquire EMI Music Publishing for $4.75 billion. SoundCloud has also made amendments to its agreement contract for artists that sign up to the company’s direct monetization service, Premier. This follows after it received criticism for making statements that those who agree cannot sue SoundCloud over any disputes. And lastly, Google Home and Spotify have partnered up. In light of this, Spotify will be giving away a Google Home Mini smart speaker to those who own a Premium for Family subscription until December 31 of this year.  Now, the details…

Exploration Weekly – European Commission Approves EMI Music Publishing Acquisition / SoundCloud’s Contract Criticized / Spotify Smart Speaker Giveaway