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Tuesday, March 08, 2011

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Wendy Nasri

Amen! You hit the nail on the head. I find so much resemblance with your "life". How Live and their music is intimately tied to your own history and your love now for TGF! You put exactly into words how I feel and I could never express it this way (at least not in English). I'm not just talking about this article but also about some of the others I just read. I just came across your site through a FB post on fansofthegraciousfew. And I am grateful for that :-D

Cheryl, Castro Valley, CA

I, too, like you had to read the pleadings. What can I say? I'm a legal nerd. It's why I work for lawyers, right? (My legal nerd would seriously love to see those contracts, though. The definitive answer right there!)

Because I couldn't express my feelings in this matter without being overly verbose and spouting a lot more legalese that people aren't really interested in reading, I will suffice it to say . . . I concur. After reading the pleadings, I came to the same conclusion you did. Kinda hard not to when it says that in black and white, legalese or no.

Oh, OK, fuck verbosity! I'm annoyed, too, dammit!

The answer says: "Defendants admit that, at least in the past, Dahlheimer has been a professional musician. With certain limited exceptions, defendants deny that Dahlheimer is a songwriter in any materials or significant respect." Repeat and insert the same for Taylor. With Gracey, they were even more dismissive: "Defendants deny that Gracey is a songwriter." Ever notice that drummers always get the least respect. That annoys me to no end as I love drums. Who wants to listen to a band that doesn't have a fucking drummer? Not me. Ever try to dance to a song that doesn't have a beat? Pffft! But, I digress . . .

Not much further in the answer we come to: "Defendants deny that the level of success achieved by the Group was allocable equally to the hard work, musicianship and creativity of each member of the Group; in fact, it was Kowalczyk who was the moving force behind the Group and its success and who authored virtually the entirety of all of the compositions that were recorded by the Group."

Not allocable equally to the hard work, musicianship and creativity of each member? What about "the whole is the sum of all its parts?" Actually, I'll answer that with a question my daughter asked me while listening to "Alive" for the first (and only) time: "Have you noticed that all the LIVE songs are so much better than all the Ed Kowalczyck songs?" Out of the mouth of babes . . .

Hmmm, wonder what Ed's missing on his new CD? Oh, yeah, the rest of his band of merry minstrels . . . the Singing Heds.

StephQJ

Welcome, Wendy! Thanks so much for the kind words. So glad you found us. Feel free to chime in any time.

Cheryl, I'm a total geek anyway, and I used to review estate docs and compensation agreements and the like as part of my job, pre-children. I dig reading legalese and would also love to see the original agreements. My BFF is also an attorney, and she questioned whether contracts with EK were screwed anyway, because he's admitting/claiming to have an imbalance of power in the contractual relationship, which shouldn't be allowed in a good contract. It will be interesting to watch it play out, and I hope everyone gets what they truly deserve, no more and no less. I know a lot of it may stay sealed and be settled. So be it. It's a cliche, unfortunately, and I have it for the boys whom I adore.

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