Monthly Archives: March 2015

Hey Publishers! You Need Glasses!

(Originally published in, March 17, 2015)

It’s easy to yell, “You need glasses” to sports officials when they miss an obvious call, or to that driver who pulls out in front of us. Those are easy to spot, stupid mistakes that happen at the moment because someone didn’t see things clearly and made a bad decision. But what’s not as easy to recognize are obvious, mistakes that have bad consequences down the road, yet are still caused by someone not seeing things clearly. We could call those “myopic” mistakes, which is defined as “nearsightedness.” Music publishers (yes, I am one), have a history of mistakes that I’ll label, “music myopia.” Perhaps our future depends on us getting new glasses. Let me explain.

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