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Your music is a-fixed to everything, including "all" ages because the reality of it all is the "fact" that it is "relating" and "timeless" in so many 

 

different ways. But for me, the real "beauty" of it "all" is the truth you spoke when you told me, "you would be back". AND.........I see it... :grin:...

happening now,  in so many different ways......Congratulations Eric, not to also mention, I am so "very"  happy for you.......xoxoxo.

 

 

AND.............come to think of it.......a live show now, will also due!.... :).....Yeah!

 

 

 

~~~Nancy.~~~

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Ok, I´m not Marvin re-incarnated (I swear!..)  :-)

 

...but I´m not a fan of the music of a great musician being associated with one of the poster children of cultural cheapness/shallowness.

 

This isn´t a shot at anybody, on the contray it´s just an opinion, and  a post in support for the integrity of Eric Carmen´s catalog.  Though the blow to me is less harsh as it is not his recording, or one of my favorites.. 

 

I REALLY wouldn´t like it if they used an original like "Love Is All That Matters" or "Heaven Can Wait" etc.

 

Anyway...

 

James

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I almost hate to tell you this, but I licensed "ABM" for a McDonald's commercial in England, last week, and for a Brazilian film as well.

 

And "GATW" will be the music playing on the DVD "Special Features" Menu of "Guardians Of The Galaxy."

 

In reality, every time one of my songs is used for anything, it raises public awareness. I'm particularly pleased that "Go All The Way" is going to

 

introduced to a whole new generation via "Guardians Of The Galaxy."

 

BTW, Marvin was groaning about the Wendy's ad on Facebook, and he said he thinks "GOTG" looks stupid! So far, the reviews have been great, so, whatever.

 

My guess is it's going to be the top earner at the box office the week of August 1st, and will do huge business overseas, as well. Millions of kids who never would have heard of Raspberries

 

are going to be exposed to the band via the film and the soundtrack. It's all good.

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Quality is quality, regardless of the times.  BS is BS regardless of the times, IMHO.

 

You and your music are quality, the show is bs. 

 

I don´t like seeing anything of quality that I care about associated with bs. Your music is a brick that contributes to the building of a better house (our culture).  When it is associated with The Bachelor its specialness is diluted, or worse, IMHO.

 

I´m pretty sensitive, and I think too much maybe, I know, but I don´t apologize for it. 

 

James

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I´m all for spreading the word to the new generation.  I think the new awareness is great.  I bought 2 extra copies of your cd and turned 2 Panamanians on to Eric Carmen over the last few months. 

 

So I am a proselytizer of Eric Carmen music. The music should live forever as it´s that good and more than just a function of an era.  

 

But I respect it and that is why I post what I posted above.

 

Anyway..Onward, upward !..

 

James

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And...with THAT said....You Eric are absolutely RIGHT! Owning the rights to these songs, no matter where they get played does

 

get you THAT recognition in different ways. Be it royalties, recognition OR both....so I too say all is good!. Also know when it comes

 

to your music in particular it's truly your stuff that I love the best....And changing the subject some what........I am also very

 

pleased that a good portion of the bands that rocked in the seventies and eighties are NOW starting to all perform, again

 

and their songs are also being played a lot more on the radio!........God,  how I DO love that too!..........Amen.

 

 

~~~Nancy.~~~

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Quality is quality, regardless of the times. BS is BS regardless of the times, IMHO.

You and your music are quality, the show is bs.

 

James,

I think I understand what you mean. Class is timeless and at least to me and I only speak for myself, "The Bachelor" is classless, yet the song being used is a timeless, classy song.

 

One has a right to license one’s song(s) for whatever reason. Why not...this is America. 

 

And an opinion is just that...a thought...and James, I get it. And nothing wrong with being sensitive, it’s a great trait in anyone and you meant no harm...you're just saying what your heart holds true in a very respectful way. That is always a good thing. :)

 

PS: I'm not apologizing for a lot of things lately. Sometimes it's good to hold firm to what you feel is not something weak, but a strength.

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They were, even though they probably weren't as creepy as we thought. They just danced too close, really close and were "almost in paradise". It's why this song worked so well at school dances.

 

Stacy...LOL! And I know what you mean! Save room for the "Holy Ghost" was always wise advice. ;)

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Quality is quality, regardless of the times.  BS is BS regardless of the times, IMHO.

 

You and your music are quality, the show is bs. 

 

I don´t like seeing anything of quality that I care about associated with bs. Your music is a brick that contributes to the building of a better house (our culture).  When it is associated with The Bachelor its specialness is diluted, or worse, IMHO.

 

I´m pretty sensitive, and I think too much maybe, I know, but I don´t apologize for it. 

 

James

James, I have not seen clips or heard much about the reviews (yet) of this particular movie......BUT I do in a sense get where 

 

you are coming from....I think you hold high regards for Eric's music. No doubt we all do!...BUT recognition is still good too

 

because I'm thinking even if people think the movie is, or was a bomb, they will still walk out of the theater thinking the

 

music was so friggin "awesome" so..... with what Eric has said........I still think all is good including that recognition too..... :)

 

 

Regards,

 

~~~Nancy.~~~

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I had more than one conniption in the '80s because the Beatles' music was being used for various commercials. (Nike, for one. I know there were others.)

But my problem then was that Michael Jackson — not Lennon heirs and McCartney — was licensing the songs and enjoying the royalties. It was just plain wrong.

As long as the man who created the songs enjoys the fruits of his labor and is OK with how they're being used, then go for it. It's the American way.

And it *is* introducing a new generation to the music. One of my coworkers who is in her early 30s tells me almost every day that she's seen "my commercial" the night before. ;) "Guardians of the Galaxy" is going to gain even more attention for the music — Marvel is HUGE; look how many people are going to go to that movie! I agree with Eric — I think it'll be No. 1.

I don't even like that genre, and I think this one looks great.

Cheryl
 

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Saw Marv's comments...oh well...(-:

 

Let’s face it...one could score an Academy Award winning movie that sweeps every Oscar category possible...and some people will still find the smallest thing, come in like a torpedo and try to blow up the excitement generated by the moment. I (and I’m sure many others) just choose to ignore that type of negativity.

 

Really, who gives a fanny perpendicular about what certain people think, or what I think, or what the Dahli Lama thinks, unless one holds that person in high regards. I get that. When I respect someone, I want their opinion of me and what I do to be on the maximum level. I never want to lose that.

 

BTW---James, I have always held you in the highest regards, so, I know I value what your opinion is. You don’t need to clarify who you are not a reincarnation of; you are you, and anyone who has been on this board long enough knows that you never come on and post with venom in your heart. I like that. I’ve never had to wonder who you are. You lay it out there for all to see.

 

As for music...yes, when one places someone’s music high on the pedestal of brilliance, one tends to want it to be used for something that is nothing less than brilliant. However, in this case, I guess the old saying holds true, “What is one man’s junk is another man’s treasure.†And that goes for tastes in TV shows; some people do like “The Bachelorâ€â€¦a lot. (Yeah, I don’t get it but... Ce la vie!)

 

Again, I got it James, many songs we hear on TV shows and commercials are a part of the sound track of our lives, and we’d like to attach them to something “we†think is amazing. But it will always be up to the artist, and if we hold said artist in high regards, I guess we’ll just respect their choice for what they feel is best with what they’ve created. We will always still admire that work. And that, as Martha Stewart would say…â€Is a good thing.â€

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Right on, Wendy.  Being positive is better.

 

I was reading about the director of GOTG, and in his early years, spent 8,000 dollars on the Marvel Comics. 

He became a big fan. And, by the way, it looks like this is part one of more Marvel movies in the future.

Maye Elton John's Rocket Man will be in th next one.

They are spending 170 million dollars to produce this movie.

The story is about everyone is different, but we can care and get along.

And it is great for the new fans to be from this work of art.

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Like Bernie, I've been in the advertising business for almost 30 years. As a creative director/copywriter (like Don Draper, only not!) I've tried hundreds of times (several times successfully) to find the right music to help sell products and services of all kinds. It's a huge win for everyone when it happens....especially when the song is RELEVANT to the message. When the song supports the creative idea people notice. And when people notice, brands respond, cash registers ring, and the economy responds. Yes, sometimes songs are used simply to catch your attention. In those cases, 9 times out of 10 you won't remember who the ad was for.  I'm sure Eric has said 'no' to hundreds of requests to use his songs because the ideas sucked or because the songs weren't relevant to the message. But when the song is right (as in every ABM example I can think of) advertising works...and capitalism marches on!

Dave

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