Edward J. Barrett, Lawyer And Lover Of Big-band Music, 1921-2013

The board recognized that we live in a totally different world than when the association began in 1958, and it needed more than just a coat of paint to be relevant to its members in our current Music 4.0 world. The new Music Business Association will divide its attention around six sectors that now make up the new music business: digital products, information technology, physical products, knowledge, management, touring and legal/business affairs. This division recognizes that the music business has evolved to become far more than just selling music products in brick and mortar stores as when it began. Addressing these different sectors also acknowledges that in order to grow, the organization has to represent more areas of the music business than just retail, which really was at the core of NARM in its previous iteration. For now MBA talks a good game, but well have to see how they actually execute the new plan. One of the problems with most industry trade groups is that they devolve into nothing more than a yearly convention thats basically controlled by its most heavyweight industry members, with maybe a magazine or newsletter thrown in. There may be a lobbying arm attached, but again, the more powerful members seem to benefit much more than the smaller members as a general rule. As weve seen for some time now, trade shows mean less and less in terms of new product introductions, since we can learn all we need online about a product or service way in advance of its official introduction. Hence the convention becomes more of a face to face networking event, although even the value of that is now devalued thanks to the various digital communication techniques at our fingertips these days. Still, you have to give NARM points for trying something new, as their previous status was looking more and more like a fixture of a time long since past. They recognized that in order to survive, it was time to step into the future.

Flava Music donates to Akropong School for the Blind

“Some [club owners] came in and said, ‘We just bought the name Electric Circus. We don’t know exactly what it is, but we were told if anyone knows, you would know.’ So I gave them a demonstration of an electric circus. They made me the director,” Subotnick says. As that Manhattan nightclub’s artistic director, Subotnick gave birth to electronic dance music. He says opening night at the Electric Circus was a big event. “[Japanese conductor] Seiji Ozawa came down; members of the Kennedy family were there,” Subotnick says. “I played about a half-hour’s worth of material starting with a heartbeat. … It wasn’t a beat that you would usually use in rock ‘n’ roll, but it was a strong pulse, and that’s all they needed. And they ended up dancing to it.” Morton Subotnick And Joan La Barbara On Q2 Music’s ‘Spaces’ Credit: WQXR Subotnick’s interest in new sounds goes back a long way. As a child prodigy in 1950s Los Angeles, playing clarinet with symphony orchestras, he sensed that something new was brewing. The miniaturization that led to things like the transistor radio meant you no longer needed a room full of equipment to make electronic sounds.

Last Friday, Mr Precious Kweku Senafiawo, the man behind Music Production and Entertainment Firm, Flava Music, was reminded of the above when he paid a visit to the school premises to donate some few items as his social responsibility. Mr Senafiawo, also the proprietor of Pure City International School, in celebrating one year of the existence of his school, decided to donate to the school. “As part of our social responsibilities, Flava Music does lots of donations but I’m not just a music producer, I’m also a proprietor and as part of the school’s one year anniversary, we decided to make this presentation at the Akropong School of the Blind.” “It is not easy being a physically challenged person. It is not an easy thing. As part of our social responsibility, we just do this [donation] every year and anytime I do this, I realise that my soul is always at rest.” Items donated included 20 bags of rice, 5 gallons of cooking oil, 5 crates of soaps, sugar, toiletries, table top fridge among others, worth GHc7.000. A cheque of GHc1000 was also presented to the school authorities. He said even though his outfits donated to the 37 Military Hospital and Ridge last year, he believes that the Akropong School for the Blind needs special attention because of their plights. “Last year, we were at the 37 Military Hospital and Ridge Hospital, but with this particular people, they need help more than any other person because you can just blind fold yourself for just a minute and you will have a feel of what they are passing through, that is the special feeling I have for them.” Before the donation, the group was taken on a tour of the facilities in the school. This is what got the attention of Flava Music CEO. “I have been challenged seeing them, talking to them, seeing the activities that go on here; in fact I have been challenged. I’m not sure I will ever in my life ask God why; because if them, they are singing how excellent is God’s name, then me having two eyes, I don’t need to ask God why. I’m challenged; this will go a long way not just to motivate myself, but all of us here.” Donating to the less privileged in society should not be a thing for only rich people. The man behind Hiplife artistes; Eduworji and Vibz believes that “As human beings, doing this for your fellow human being is one of the best activities.” And he consequently, “urged everybody, if you have it in abundance, just make sure you make it available to the needy.”

Barrett was fascinated by the life of a onetime law client, Lillian Marshall Knox, who was a wealthy lumber business owner and philanthropist from Texas who had been implicated in, but never convicted of, multiple killings between 1911 and 1937, according to a biography Barrett co-wrote. Knox, who also went by the alias Margaret Costello, later served time in prison for passing a bad check and eventually moved to Chicago, according to the Tribune. Mr. Barrett successfully defended Knox against embezzlement charges in the 1950s. She died a pauper at Kankakee State Hospital in 1966. In 2002, Mr. Barrett teamed up with Texas historians Bob and Doris Bowman to write “The Mystery of Lady Bountiful,” a biography of Knox. “He used to talk about this woman all the time,” his son said. “My sister had always said, ‘Why don’t you write a book about it?’ So he sat down and wrote and wrote.” In 1952, Mr. Barrett moved from Glencoe to Winnetka, where he served for a time as treasurer of the Winnetka Village Caucus. He moved to Highland Park in 1973. Mr. Barrett retired from his law practice in 2005 and moved from Highland Park to North Carolina. In addition to his son, Mr.