I have no idea.
of my commenters said Neil Peart was an active libertarian at age 24
but had since, I dunno, moved away from it.
You'd have to ask
Does he talk to reporters?
okay. Then I guess we'll leave it at copyright.
Look, it's a
copyright issue. Rush is one band that is open to a lot of
interpretations, and if I had to start dealing with all the
interpretations of Rush lyrics I'd never get anything done during the
I blog, so I don't either.
view about this. It's the same thing as "American Pie" or--remember the
song was about this, about that, about this... It goes on forever.
really a side issue.
But if it's an issue of copyright, one of
my commenters suggested that perhaps Rand Paul could have paid
royalties. Could he have used the music if he paid royalties?
Because royalties imply that there's a license. If you want to do this,
you have to get the permission of the person who's performing, the
record company who owns the recording, you have to get the permission of
the songwriter who wrote the song, the music publisher who owns the
song on behalf of the songwriter. You have to get permission of the
performing rights society. There are also trademark and personality
rights issues. It's not just all copyright. So if you want to use
somebody's music it's complicated.
You know, a good
senator could cut down on all that red tape.
completely entitled to say to you, "You can't use my music," and it's
a case of not making a payment. I could just say no. For example, in
some circumstances you can use the music if you pay a royalty. Let's say
you're a bar band playing a cover song. The bar has probably received a
performing rights license from one of the performing arts societies. So
that's okay. But it depends on the context. You take the same song, on a
different stage, for a different reason, the license doesn't apply. You
can't use it in a Broadway play.
Is there going to be a Rush
play on Broadway?
No, but that would be "dramatic use" and
that's different. The music business is really, really complicated.
thank God. [Laughs heartily]
Sounds like the takeaway
politicians is to stick to John Philip Souza marches or the
"Star-Spangled Banner."Not necessarily! Because if it was a
recording you could get sued. You'd have to speak to the band that
recorded it. No, a politician would be better off--wasn't it the
governor of Louisiana who wrote "You Are My
mean write their own political jingles? Like in the 1930s?
doesn't Mike Huckabee play bass?
I don't think he does
material. You mean the old-timey campaign jingles they write
That's what they should do. The problem is, is
music going to be as good as Rush?
I think we can agree
the answer is no.
Please use my quote that Rand Paul thinks
"American Pie" is about food--I haven't told anybody else that.
promise you, Bob, I will. I can tell you like that one.
heard the discussion about the meaning of the songs over and over. And,
hey, you know there is a new Rush tour!
Washington...they're in Washington, D.C. on September 18th.
in Washington D.C.
I realize that. Saturday, September 18th
the Nissan Pavilion. Go to Rush.com
for all the details.
has rekindles my love of Rush. Are they going to comp tickets to
journalists who write about the Rush-Rand Paul controversy?
you what, call me back then.
Maybe by then we can arrange the
Neil Peart interview.
That'll never happen.
going to Kentucky?
Kentucky--lemme see here...Oh,
Kentucky...no. But it's going to be a really good show because they're
Pictures in its entirety, which they haven't
done since they put out Moving Pictures.
The latest information
is on Rush.com.
I'll definitely alert my readers. Do you get to tour with
Well, Bob, thanks--and if you make it
to the D.C. show, I'll
buy you a beer. On The Atlantic.
If I come to the show, I'll take you up on that.