Life isn’t short; we just waste most of the time we’re given. Seneca, one of the most popular Stoic philosophers, believed we waste our time on busywork that doesn’t make us happy, often for a future that we can’t guarantee we’ll see. Even Emperor Augustus, the most powerful man of his time, longed for the day he could retire. Instead of living for the future, Seneca implores us to live as if every day were our last; to do things we care about today so we don’t wish for tomorrow.
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Why Do Modern Pop Songs Have So Many Credited Writers?
The music industry has changed dramatically over the last few decades – with the number of songwriters credited on number one hits more than doubling. This is due to a combination of factors, including money, the computer and a changing definition of what songwriting is. For example, if The Beatles’ classic “I Feel Fine” was released today, it would likely have four writers credited instead of two, due to the influence of producers, samples and interpolations. With the rise of lawsuits, artists now preemptively add songwriter credits to their songs, even if the similarities between their song and the source material are coincidental. It all goes to show that the music industry is becoming more complex and competitive. Read full article here