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Replies to the "Who the f*** do you think you are?"
By Frank Cotolo
This article really hit home for a number of people. The purpose of the EvO:R Street Journal
was to get people reading and responding. Over the year we became a bit vanilla in or commentary and
Frank admitted that we needed to get some excitement back into the organization. I think
he did what he set out to do. Below is a few of the comments that you made....Charlie Harrelson
If I may just make a simple input on the subject of Frank's artical:
I know that Frank did not mean this in the way it has been taken by some. Granted his
wording was a little strong in areas especially the way he ask the question of who . . . .
you think you are. Really that one thing seems to be the thing that hit people the wrong way.
I get the idea that everything else was accepted as needed comments. Even though it was extremely
strong Frank I assure you did not mean to hit anyone or hurt anyone or offend any of the members.
He was simply making a strong point and an overall point that applies to some of us but not all of us.
It was meant to be a pep talk and the much needed shot in the arm. He means well and does not
intend to hurt anyone. He is only trying to get us all to work to promote each other and the
cause of the free agent musician which all of you are. Maybe it would have been taken better
if he had said . . . who do we think we are? Sometimes we do forget who we are and our main
intent overall. I do know th0ugh that was what he was trying to say but only to help us realize
we need to promote the right things here. He was not saying do not promote yourselves.
Of course we know we must do some self promotion but we need more effort toward the group strength.
We were getting out of balance and too much self and too little FAM promo. His intent was to
boost the spirit of our cause and get us working more for the group effort which will make us
all seeing stronger more effective promo for all the members. I believe Frank was trying to say
what was needed very much so. Sometimes we do not always say it in the perfect way to please
everyone. Someone will always be offended no matter how you choose your words. For all those
who were offended please try to understand that Frank meant well for us all. I also wish some
of the words would have been chosen differently but I was able to see what his meaning and
intent was and that enabled me to overlook some of the wording. I hope that all members will
stop and think about what the meaning was. He simply wanted us to fire up and work for the
large common cause so you could hopefully reap the benefits later which would probably be more
than what promo we could do for ourselves.
You know when we make effort to help others above ourselves what great blessings come forth and
I think we all know why and where it comes from. We all make mistakes and sometimes it is very
hard to find the proper choice of words. I just hope evryone will look at his meaning and intent
of the whole thing. Personally I would have liked cleaner language but I still realize his point
was right and for the right reasons, his aim being to see all members get FAM support and more promo.
Let's keep his point in mind and use it as a tool to advance our cause. Let's also have some
forgiveness for the offense parts or words as we would like to be forgiven ourselvs. Sometimes
it is not the point that rubbs people the wrong way but the way it is put accross. So remember
good ole Frank meant a useful and important point even though the choice of words may have been
too stout for some.
This is also a test of strength for this group. I think Frank was saying put in a simple way . .
. let's do promote ourselves but let's promote the FAM future cause with the larger part of
our strength and then maybe we can become a large enough machine to break this new ground for us all.
To me, it semed like eveything Frank wrote about was pretty much true...
Although, Im noy really trying to sell my CD yet,just trying to finish
I'll be happy when I have a good 15 songs on it and can put one finished copy
on my shelf of pas it on to my daughter.I've had offers from around the world
from people wanting to buy my cd and even had one song accepted for an indie
film and working on a second,since that one pay's royalties.
After that, I will not be sending out anymore songs to indie record
comanies,agents,a and r people,or clubs. I've alrerady been on t.v,radio and
toured different states around the U.S. I guess Im just an old alien who twangs in
The Alien Blues Dude
Well, I will say this much. The "SUBJECT" of this email was a goddamn slap in
the face first thing this morning , if nothing else. My first reaction was:
"Who the F%*K is asking ME who the f*%k I THINK I AM?!?!?!"
That being said, I did read this essay by Frank Cotolo. Speaking for myself,
as far as his vein:
"But down the road there will be a price to pay and great disappointment as
their bubbles burst from the sharp points of reality."
Ha - no danger of that magic happening in my case. I have honestly always been
involved in music purely for the love of it. The fact that I was almost signed
twice (once by a major label and once by an indie) and the fact that both of
these situations fell through last-minute did nothing to "burst my bubble".
Harsh reality has always been my scope on things, and I have never "aimed for
fame". I'm still recording and performing after 28 some-odd years and loving
every minute of it. So I guess, goody for me, huh? Whoopeee! Yay!
However, this essay was well-written and I'm sure applies to many of the FAMs
out there in cyberspace today who have taken on this silly, somewhat pathetic
over-blown sense of celebrity and importance about themselves and their
precious ART. (Hell, sometimes when I read some of my own quotes during
interviews I feel like slapping MYSELF in the face. Who the fuck am I, indeed?)
I'm not sure if it's appropriate or not, but alot of this essay totally cracked
me up. Cotolo does have a wacky flair and is nothing if not articulately
As far as Frank's show, I have tried on several occasions to tune in, Frank,
babe~! The show connection punks out on me and becomes so frustrating that I
just give up. Dial-up connection blooz, I guess? But the snippets I have
heard have made me curious to hear more. Please know that when DSL comes to my
town, I'll be hearing more of you.
Ok, I need some tea like NOW. Smile~!
Thank you to Charlie and all who have supported my craft. It was a gift to me you
didn't have to give and I do love you for it. I have been nothing but a selfish 'taker'
who is sliding into the land of 'mediocrity'. Or could it be that my life has so many
other things going on that to take on what you want would take away from my other work
or family? Charlie, I hope you stop to realize that not all of us can do what you
expect. NOT because we don't want to but because we are trying to survive the other
parts of our life.
Thank you for putting it clearly on the line what you expect from us members. I know I
have not been a "conributing" member to you and I have been nothing but a "taker". It's
sad to me though, that this is the way in which you feel this is to 'rally the troups'.
I hope you simply start requiring a certain amount of payment for the site and specific
contribution expectations from here out instead of that kind of letter, though.
The f**** letter is pretty out there, Charlie. I have now realized that I need to leave
this group for now. Some of the comments lately have been bothering me -the reading is
often time a soap opera style dialogue and this letter nails it down clearly. Many
comments have become full of anger that I feel is unproductive and unessessary.
Anyway, I thought I'd better explain why I am leaving Evor. You can make an issue out
of it if you want that I've decided to do this or you can just keep this between you
and I-that's up to you.
My son is waiting for me.......
I love EVoR. I am still very much into the whole thing. As one who
ran his own little EVOR-related station, I know how much work Frank
puts into his stuff. Charlie is tireless, selfless, and so much
more. He very much is EVoR.
Believe me, Frank's comments are true, and yet, maybe not
completely so, they are so raw, that I'll admit, they rubbed me
wrong. maybe because I tend to internalize things, take them
personally. I don't know. I think actually, the truth is somewhere
in between. I hope my music gets heard, but I don't know. I have
recorded 14 Cds in the last 4 years and will continue for so long as
even 1 person is interested, even if I am that person.
Of course I will self-promote, we all will, (be honest). Is that
now to the point:
Who the f**k do I think I am? A father, a son, a brother, a writer, a singer, a player. A
certified professional. I am a selfish-selfless tightly-undone sadly
ecstatic (to borrow a phrase from PT) person. I am a hero in the
eyes of my kids, and that is worth MUCH. I am a big fish in a small
pond, a small fish in the biggger ocean of FAM. I am a cynic, a prophet, a moron,
a seer, a drunk, a depressive, a hyper-hypothyroid sufferer, a lover, a sinner, a saint (lol),
a taxi-driver. I am the man who has the amazing technicolor dreamcoat in
the closet, in the VCR, I am the watcher, the doer, the maker of
my dreams, the self-actualizer who can't do it alone. I am complex
yet simple, deep yet shallow-minded. Finally, I am verbose, overcooked, under-educated, egotistical,
humble, quiet, shy and proud to be a musician involved with THIS GROUP.
I also know that we all need to realize that community works when we
Seriously, When I ran EvorCentric, I did it on my own, and put in 12-15 hours
per week. May not seem like much to some, but although it wasn't
intentional I'm sure, I got the distinct impression back then that
it didn't have the 'official seal of approval'. At best, despite
promoting EVORVENTRIC like a fiend, I only had 10-15 listeners at
any one time. EvorCentric just wasn't a front-page item. So I
stopped. I wanted to lend more time to help the community, and I have helped
in my way.
I have high-speed internet, and have helped some here, (you know who
you are) uploading music to sites, etc.
What I want to get across is that there is no way too small to help
in a community, but we ALL need to help keep it going. We also may
have ideas that we wold implement if we could get some input or
response when we post our ideas. Look at what young girl in Boston achieved (Danielle amazing!)
I would gladly help upload stuff for people if they need me to. I
would gladly Promote or post announcements on newsgroups. I just do
not have the rime right now to complie a list of sites.
I will continue to help, but here below is what is taking a lot of
of my time:
I am trying to stay involved, here, but JDA is very much into our
new project, after which we will be putting together the live act.
This and AVALON USA finishing up the new album, is a very busy time.
If there is any EVoR STUFF I can do, I will though. Just please
understand if I have been relatively quiet (for me) of late.
If you read this far, thanks!
If not your bodies will break out into millions of little itchy
patches that will keep you awake all night long.......
About Frank Cotolo
Few, if any, internet-based performers are as prolific or versatile as Frank Cotolo.
Soon he will celebrate his 40th anniversary as a professional creative entity (PCE to you).
After almost four decades, he continues to produce material as a songwriter, author, poet,
lyricist and an award-winning journalist at a breakneck pace because, he says, "somebody
has to do it."
His many incarnations over the decades have astounded reviewers, spiritualists,
quick-change artists and certainly other performers. While most internet-based artists
are struggling to complete their next track, Cotolo pulls CDs out of his hat, often
changing voices and styles quicker than a rat can scale a palm tree.
He is now an embedded member of the Ampcast.com radio team with cotolo chronicles,
a weekly talk show that breaks ground in internet radio broadcasting. Every Thursday
at 9 p.m., EST, Cotolo continues his love-hate relationship with the entertainment
business, with comments, praises, pontifications and insubordinate monologues....
By the way...He also is the editor of the award winning EvO:R Street Journal!
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