“The first hundred don’t count.”
-songwriting advice from Radney Foster
Who needs all that bike-matching factory crap when you’ve got the spirit of a proud nation to protect you?
This is the last sunset of 2012. It is also the last image I will post to social networks such as Instagram and Facebook. I am weary of lending my creative endeavors to the interests of advertisers who contract with Facebook and Twitter and YouTube (and soon Instagram) to utilize my music and images and videos and very thoughts as towers from which to broadcast commercial messages to my friends and followers and to me. As a user of “free” social networks I am become the unholy mechanism by which unknown men proliferate their appeals to the masses; my family and friends innocent bystanders who become at once both a beloved audience and an unwitting currency in this market of blood incorporeal, exchanged in desperate prostitution of the muse. I will no longer endanger my friends and followers to the interests of men hell bent on perverting my work as an altar whereupon the hearts and minds and souls of human beings are falsely coupled one to another and offered to strange and malevolent gods in mock ritual of that which truly binds the hearts and minds and souls of men together at all. Henceforth my work will be published at www.charliestout.com and no other site or social network shall bear my words or marks at the expense of the sovereignty and sanctity of my audience. Please visit www.charliestout.com to follow my creative endeavors, thank you for a successful 2012, and God bless you in 2013.
-Charlie Stout 12-31-2012