Veddatorial

Find Your Weird

Every now and then, we get a misdirected shipment, or the packing list from another dealer’s order is attached to mine. We make sure the stuff gets to its p...

Out With The Old?

As a consumer and a business owner, I rebel against being herded into new technology just because a company says I should use it. I have no problem with new gad...

Face to Face

I didn’t make it to the NAMM show in Anaheim this year. Cost and store coverage prevented me from going, and I really missed it. Sure, heading out of the northe...

Business As Unusual

You hear people bandy about a particular phrase—“disruptive innovation”—a lot these days. Disruptions are everywhere: from new payment systems like Square or Ap...

Veddatorial: A Tangled Webb

Some in the industry media expressed surprise at the “abrupt” resignation of Mike Pratt from the CEO position at Guitar Center, having been replaced by Darr...

Long and Winding Road

“A bend in the road is not the end of the road…unless you fail to make the turn.” In my dual role as both a retailer and a pundit, everything I believe a...

A Christmas Story

For most stores involved in the school music market, October is the month when sanity begins to return. Marching bands are at least up and running, and the B&...

The Hidden Industry

Although I usually talk about the Community Music Store’s place in our changing industry, I’m always aware that lurking in a dim corner of the music products bu...

Disintermediation

Sometimes, my column is triggered by a news item; often, one specific encounter within our industry is the inspiration. But there are times when little bits of ...

Adults Rule

When I first entered this industry more than 30 years ago, I was struck—and charmed, really—by the adults I encountered who wanted to make music. As a person wh...