Mind Exposure 2/11/16


Love, something that everyone seeks and each of us has within ourselves to give. Love is one of those things you must give in order to truly receive and appreciate. Love can not be limited only to those we know or just our family. Love must be unconditionally given and received or it is not love in its truest form. Many religions and philosophies point to the value of love and its necessity in our world. Selfishness, fear and hate seem to be more common place in humanity. Love and compassion are looked down on as if they are properties of the weak and/or meek.

We have a choice to make in our lives, we either can be compassionate, forgiving and loving beings or we can follow the path of greed, anger and fear. One brings you the riches of this world, which is temporary and that can be taken from you by another. The other offers the riches of the heart, which can not be stolen but can be shared freely. Do not get me wrong, we all want nice things and we should have what we need. But to put material possessions above the well-being and happiness of others is selfish.

Love starts within yourself, you must learn to love yourself and others unconditionally and be open to accept the love of others. Get over and let go of this worlds labels that separate us all, for no man nor woman is greater or lesser than another. If we be different in beliefs, sex, nationality or color it is unimportant. We all come into this world the same way and in the end we leave it through the same avenue. We all have hopes, dreams and we also all experience fear, anger and disappointment. The only thing that divides us is the belief we are different. Sure we are diverse in beliefs and looks but the core of each person is the same. We are alive, we are human and we all are in this life together.

Alone one person can make changes in the world, but collectively there is very little that humanity can not achieve and/or overcome. Until we learn to put aside our differences of opinion and beliefs and learn to accept unconditionally those differences we will remain being our own worst enemies.

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Stand together -SMALL WEBCASTERS, ARTISTS, & INDIE LABELS


SMALL WEBCASTERS, ARTISTS, & INDIE LABELS

STAND TOGETHER

The expiration of the Webcaster Settlement Act has left many small webcasters facing a steep increase in royalty rates and unsure of their future survival.

We support fair and transparent payment to artists and rightsholders when their work is used. We also recognize that small broadcasters are vitally important to musical culture, whether it’s small community FM stations or online webcasters who program niche music and artists you might not hear elsewhere. Commercial FM radio is increasingly focused on narrow repetitive playlists due to consolidation in station ownership.Since the 1996 Telecommunications Act, massive companies like Clear Channel (now called ‘I Heart Radio’) have bought up hundreds of local radio stations, fired local DJs and programmers, and replaced them with robots playing nearly identical narrow playlists in every city. By contrast, webcasting reflects far greater diversity—from cutting edge releases by contemporary artists to America’s rich and varied musical traditions. And unlike commercial FM, internet radio pays musicians and labels.

We believe artists and small webcasters are on the same team. Let’s keep it that way!

We’re optimistic that a solution can be found to allow many small commercial webcasters to continue to operate, and ensure that great music continues to get played and artists continue to get paid—directly, transparently and fairly

For More info and join in the fight click the logo below

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A sad month for Music lovers and the Music Industry as well.


January is the month of loss, We have lost 2 greats of the music industry. The world has lost both the Eagles founder, Glenn Frey, in New York City on Monday, January 18th, 2016. and David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer on  January 10 2016. Also this january we have lost live365.com due to the royalty increase and their loss of a sponsor as well. Sad month indeed for the music industry and all the music lovers out there.

 

R.I.P Glen Frey & David Bowie

Ray Barbier

RJB Networks / RJB Radio

A sad month for Music lovers and the Music Industry as well. was originally published on RJB Networks

Mind Exposure 1-17-16


100_00631In life there will always be conflicts of interest, differences of opinion and clashes of cultural ideologies. To put it bluntly, we will always have to deal with the fact we all think and feel differently than one another. The key is to embrace the fact we are different, enjoy the diversity within the human race. If we all had similar thoughts and carbon copy emotions , then this would be a very boring robotic life.

It’s best to avoid conflict by being understanding of the differences between us, but sometimes I is unavoidable. When you unable to avoid the conflict, you should always remain respectful and embrace the differences between you and your adversary. No reason to take anything personal, even if it is directed at you personally. If you take everything personally, you only give the other person power over your emotions and you diminish your ability to reason. It best to take what is aimed at you objectively, keep your emotions and your ego out of the equation. Emotions will come in to play later after you have had plenty of time to process the conflict in whole.

Be positive, be yourself without regret, fear of rejection and expectation of acceptance. The only reward one should seek is the satisfaction of being true to yourself and to your nature. Plus by being true to who you are, you can see yourself more clearly. The more you accept the good and bad within who you are, the easier it is to improve the amazing and complex person you have become.

 

Ray Barbier

 

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Radio licensing price hikes and the negative impact.


Once again I watch big business and greed close another great resource for music artists is closing its doors. Seems Live365 which has been around for a long time giving us the working class a chance to play dj and radio producer is closing its doors or at least it is on the verge of doing so. The Licensing organizations are mostly the blame with the rate hikes and the removal of small webcaster rates. The majority f those running radio stations on live365 were hobbyists who made little or no kind of profit at broadcasting.  Most of them broadcasted music all out of the love they had for the artists and the music. Not only has live365 taken a hit from the licensing cost increase but so has streamlicensing.com , though at the moment they are in negotiations trying to find a decent rate between them, there is always the possibility there will be no agreement. This will be another blow to the hobbyist and small broadcasters out there. The thing is most broadcasters want to pay their royalties and be legal, most of us want the artists and song writers etc. to receive their fair share. But what makes it hard is many of us are non profit, we don’t charge for the services, don’t promote any products and have no kind of monetary gain. We pay for our servers, the music to play and all other fees out of our pocket. Stations that are like that will probably suffer the most if not close down. Of course there is the creative commons licensed music option, which is one I myself will take if it comes down to it. Many great musicians release creative commons licensed music and its legal to broadcast most as long as you don’t do any paid advertisements on the station of the page. Can not make money in any way that is connected to the station if you do the CC licensed route. Well you can if you get a license from the artists or places such as Jamendo.com. Which is always an alternative if you make money via your station but can not afford the new rates.

I wish the Licensing organizations would see how much money they will lose if they force all of us small and hobbyist radio stations off line or to play CC licensed. Small Fries always have the hardest road to follow in the world of business and entertainment.

 

Ray Barbier

Radio licensing price hikes and the negative impact. was originally published on RJB Networks

Radio Resources and Licensing


Jamendo , a large Creative Commons Licensed Music warehouse. a Great resource for internet radio broadcasters / D.J.s , they have a multitude of genres to choose from and all of the music is released under one of the creative commons licensing. They also offer commercial licensing for those big companies out there. Most internet radio stations are hobby level and do not generate revenue so they can utilize the music for free as long as they go by the licensing terms. Now for those who just love music and want the mp3s for personal listening Jamendo and the creative commons licensing scheme is just right for you. Most of the music is free to download, burn to cd, load on your mp3 player and give to friends as well. Now I will tell you the Artists on Jamendo may be unsigned and less known but that does not take away from their talent or quality of their music. The nice thing about unsigned and indie bands is they are not influenced by a label / record company. So you get some really unique and awesome music from such bands.

Another Website I shall mention in this post is streamlicensing.com, This site is for those wishing to be a legally ran radio station on line and play Signed artists. This is a affordable alternative to negotiating contracts with such companies as A.S.C.A.P. etc.  Pricing is based on 3 factors, 1. the amount of hours your station is listened to, 2. the amount of Revenue your station generates and 3. the amount of money you spend on the station. So the bigger you get the more you pay, but most never leave the first level in the pricing scheme. Well until the next time may the music fill your heart and mind.

Sites Mentioned in this Article:

  1. www.jamendo.com
  2. www.streamlicensing.com

Radio Resources and Licensing was originally published on RJB Networks

Mind Exposure 12-31-2015


mp900427741Serving Humanity, Something most of us rarely think about or we leave it others to do. Doing such things as feeding, clothing and help find housing for the needy or just showing kindness and hospitality towards strangers, visitors and others in general are all part of the territory of helping / serving fellow human beings. Why stop at humans, stray, abandoned and abuse animals also need compassion and food. A heart that is compassionate towards all life is a healthy heart. To put aside our own egos and our nature to be self-serving and to embrace a compassionate and humble mentality is quite honorable. It’s easy to be like the majority and worry only about oneself and those whom one loves and knows. It may a bit hard to be humble and dedicated to serve others, but the rewards are great. The satisfaction of helping others is just one benefit, the other benefit includes the friendships that will e forged in the process along with the creation of better self character. You will become more positive through doing positive and compassionate works. Though it is said one can not get into heaven on good works alone, that implies good works are one of the requirements one needs to enter. Good works are a reflection of ones heart and spirit, this is what makes the works truly good.

 

This Post Made me think of Matthew Vs 34-40

34Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35For I was  hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: 36Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. 37Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee  hungered, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? 38When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? 39Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? 40And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

Matthew 34 -40

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Mind Exposure 12-16-2015


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Enjoy the moment you are in and each moment that follows, for a moment only has its own time to be and never will it be again. Enjoy and celebrate who you are, you are the only person like you in all existence. Once your time is up you shall not be again, a lifetime is but a small amount of time to exist. So do not doubt yourself and do not cheat yourself from becoming the best you that you can be. Worry little about if others like or accept you, fo there will always be those that oppose and/or dislike you. Just the same there will be many who will love and accept you for who you are, So walk away from those who shun you and embrace those that do. Think no ill thoughts of those who dislike you. Life is way too short to waste energy trying to convince someone to like you, so use that time and energy on better things.

 

 

This is your moment, this is your life! Cherish it, embrace it and constantly work at making each moment more memorable than the last. This life is a gift, Celebrate it, live it and be thankful for this chance to exist.

Raymond Barbier

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Random Thoughts 12-15-15


rayrayd_edited-1.pngMemories of my youth, memories of sunny days and picnics by the river. Sunshine warming my body and friends to hangout with. Family members gathering and enjoying life for all it was worth. Those days have long gone but their influence on my soul is still with me. My friends have moved on and forgotten about me and family members are less now days. Ah the beauty and wonder of the innocence we had in youth, dreams of happiness and fulfillment. The desire to belong and to be a part of the world we live in and all of its splendor as well. Some of the dreams remain and so does the desire to be a part of something. Unfortunately the innocence is lost in time and through our experiences in life, though we lose our innocence we gain wisdom and knowledge to help us through our journey.

Ray Barbier

 

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Mind Exposure 12/15/2015


mp900442811Sometimes we tend to get lost in our own egos, we get stuck in the me, myself and I mentality. We forget that everyone else has thoughts, feelings, ideas and their own take on life. We quickly judge the behavior of others without any consideration to their human conditions, such as problems in home life and work related problems along with the stress of just trying to survive in this world. One should always try to empathize and acknowledge that the other person is facing similar if not worse situations within their life.  In a nut shell , if you have problems or just are having a bad day, so can the other person you are talking to or having issues with. We all have issues to deal with, we all have bad days and good. Sometimes we are just in a bad mood because we are. Remember other too suffer from the same if not similar afflictions in life.

A little compassion, understanding and empathy can go a very long way in life. There is no one who can always be nice, friendly and without days of being somewhat off-center emotionally . So give others some leeway as you would wish for them to do for you on your bad days. Remember that we all share this world we live in and we all are but human.

 

 

Ray Barbier

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