So you’re interested in a career in the arts. . .

I really don’t understand how the internet works. Like my WordPress website. I usually write my blogs off the top of my head, post ’em, and then forget about them. Some of them will get like 20 views, and then fade off into obscurity. While others — for some unknown reason — keep popping back up. Like this short little blog I wrote about the comedian Jackie Mason and his dispute with Frank Sinatra. For some reason it’s garnered over 10,000 views over the last year. I have no idea why. It’s not particularly better or worse than any of the other blogs I’ve posted on the internet over the years. But for some reason, it’s something people want to read.

I suppose that’s typical of the arts, in a way. There’s often no rhyme or reason to what goes over with the public. There’s no formula, that’s for sure. . . I remember reading about this rock band that spent a long time, and a lot of money, in the recording studio, striving to come up with a hit record. Then, when they were finally done with their masterpiece, they needed a B-side for the single, so they dashed this ditty off the top of their heads. They didn’t even bother finishing it, didn’t even bother to finish writing the lyrics, because they figured: Why bother, it’s just the B-side. So they just kept singing over and and over: “Na na na na, hey hey hey, good-bye.” Course that’s the one that ended up being their big hit single, and sold millions of records, and people are still listening to it to this day.

It’s probably one of the reasons why artists chop their ears off, and writers drink themselves to death, and etc. . . This field of endeavor really doesn’t make a lot of sense.

Frank Sinatra vs. Jackie Mason: the punch line

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