Monday, October 27

T-Swift vs. Spotify

In my opinion, the value of an album is, and will continue to be, based on the amount of heart and soul an artist has bled into a body of work, and the financial value that artists (and their labels) place on their music when it goes out into the marketplace.

Piracy, file sharing and streaming have shrunk the numbers of paid album sales drastically, and every artist has handled this blow differently.

Music is art, and art is important and rare.

Important, rare things are valuable.

Valuable things should be paid for.

[Taylor Swift on removing her 1989 album from Spotify]

Sunday, October 5

Lea & Barbra

When I was a little girl, my mom said to me, "Barbara Streisand never got a nose job -- you're never getting one." Barbra showed women that it's not necessary to alter yourself to become successful. Instead, she made the most of what she had, and it launched her career.

When I first watched Funny Girl, I'd never felt so connected to a story or a character. The minute it was over I poured myself a glass of champagne, got out crackers and cream cheese, and played it again from the beginning -- it's my favorite movie of all time.

People often ask me what I want to do most in my career, and I don't ever want to pick:
I want to be able to do a great film,
a Broadway play,
or make an amazing album.

Barbra's won an Oscar, a Grammy, and a Tony.

It's inspiring to see someone achieve success in many different fields while still maintaining her individuality.

- Lea Michele -

"Our 75 Most Important Women of the Past 75 Years"
Glamour magazine's 75th Anniversary Issue

Tuesday, September 30

Gloria Vanderbilt

People may know Gloria Vanderbilt -- designer, artist, writer, my mom -- for starting the designer jeans craze and building a fashion empire, but that is really only one chapter in her extraordinary life.

She was born into a world that no longer exists, and has been in the public eye, for better or worse [Vanderbilt was a railroad heiress and the subject of a lengthy custody trial], ever since. She is a survivor but proof to all women that you don't have to harden your heart in order to overcome adversity.

She has lived and loved and lost a lot,
has had her heart broken,
her trust betrayed,
but she's never lost her optimism nor her independence.

At 90 she is still painting, still writing, still reimagining and reinventing herself.

She is proof that true beauty only deepens with age.

Anderson Cooper, journalist