Thank Grog It’s Firday!!!
First…on a serious note…our continued prayers and thoughts go out to any of you getting pounded by Harvey. There isn’t much more to say, except for BE SAFE! There are loads of places that tappers can donate to help the cause. But, at the very least, take some time to give thanks for the brave souls who are fighting through this mess.
On a less serious note (and clearly less important in the big picture), we are now into Act III of this music-centric update. And, it should be evident to all of you that “getting it all” is pretty simple. I will explain why/how you can go about leading a life that is void of anxiety and worry (as it pertains to “getting it all”) in this final Act. And I hope that it helps some of you who seemed panicked by the gaping holes on your performance stages.
Let’s dive into “Chillaxing” with a pragmatic look at the math…
First...let’s start with the required daily tapping cume for this update…which according to the calendar (which I did), is 10429 per day to stay on track.
Now…for all of you who are freaking out that you don’t have enough performers to fill your stage…CHILLAX!!!!!
I just ran a cycle, where to be contrary to Safi’s post (nothing personal Safi), I filled all of my main stages first…then filled the smaller stages as best I could. The result (after the random selection of who can play where by EA) was that NOBODY was on three of the remaining smaller stages…Springfield Elementary, Kwik E Mart, or the newly opened Krusty Burger (which became open when I earned the Free Land tile). Panic???? Nope. I did the math…and even with the three empty stages, this 4 hour cycle earns me 2,571 backpacks.
And that doesn’t include what I earn from clearing fans, popping lawyers, or the 1,000 backpack bonus I got for the Daily Challenge. After clearing my town once…and doing the challenge…I was already going to earn another 1900 (900 for the fan clearing/1,000 for the bonus)…meaning that after my FIRST log-in of the day, I was on track to earn 4,471 before I cleared any lawyers.
If that doesn’t make you CHILLAX then nothing will. This last Act is about as EAsy as it comes. No doubt about it.
But…just because I am a bit of a numbers freak (admittedly nothing compared to Safi…apologies again), I decided to use his method this time….and fill up all of the small stages first…
I ended up with a slightly higher return (2,6830- Safi was right), but all of my visual main stages were out of the “bonus zone” (less than full) and the Hip Hop stage only had one lone performer…Krusty. Sad. Very sad. But still more than enough to insure that I only needed to log in one more time to hit my goal today.
So why are there so many stages…with not enough performers to fill them?
Because EA wants you to panic…and spend money on Premium performers. Period. It’s a ruse. It is a guilt trip for having all of those lovely stages…with nobody on them.
Here’s a reality check about big multi-stage music festivals. In lots and lots of cases (especially during the mid-day sets) there are tons of empty stages…or stages with a single performer trying to win you over with an acoustic guitar. It’s sad…but it is the reality of music today. There just aren’t enough fans to fill up the venues (unless you use the ones you earned through crafting…but those are like “papering a show” with free tickets to make it look full).
The music industry has changed folks. REALLY changed. Even as short a time ago as 15 years (short in my life anyway), the primary way that most people found new bands was through radio and Mtv. It’s almost impossible to find music on Mtv anymore…and radio (as much as I hate to say it, as I work in the industry), hasn’t been responsible for actually breaking NEW music for years and years. It’s all tested, and formulaic, and homogenized before it hits the airwaves.
The labels are losing their hold, as more and more artists are turning to independent distribution through online sources like Apple Music (iTunes) and Amazon Music. And with the ability to create your own marketing and video production through social media, the need for huge budgets, and huge marketing advances are becoming a thing of the past. Plus.. more money goes directly to the artists.
Don’t get me wrong…there are still genres that rely on labels to keep the industry puttering along (Country and Pop are still predominately corporate label driven), but for the rest of the music world, owning and releasing your own music has become the answer…along with getting the word out through viral means.
Case in point…
My daughter Ali, sent me a “you gotta listen to this” text message yesterday. It contained a link to an Irish soul/folk singer named Foy Vance. I loved it. I asked her where she found out about him.
She replied, “I heard him when the guy who was leading our spin class was playing him while we were riding…he heard him open of someone in Austin, Texas. He tagged me in a group text.”
Radio? Mtv? Not so much.
So…stop worrying about having a single performer on your stage! He may just be playing to the guy in the crowd, who will share it with his spin class, who includes a girl who will share it with her Dad, who will blog about it on a random TSTO blog…and the rest is history.
Music. It’s not just for the corporate elites anymore…
Have a great weekend! Ironically, while Texas is flooding, we are on to another record breaking heat wave in Oregon, with temps expected to climb to 100 degrees…again. Climate change? That may be another conversation…
So no matter what your weather is like this weekend… STAY CHILLAXED! (and that includes all of you rabid Weird Al fans!).
OH…AND FOR FUN… TELL US WHAT KIND OF MUSIC YOU LISTEN TO…AND HOW YOU FIND NEW MUSIC!