May 7th, 2011

Dear Bard College

I'm very flattered that you sent me an invitation today saying that if I give $100 to the alumni fund I can have dinner with Adam Yauch on May 20th.

I do have two minor quibbles:

1. You identify Mr. Yauch as a "songwriter" with no other explanation of who he is. If I wasn't bored and curious tonight and decided to Google the name, I would have had no idea you were inviting me to hang out with a member of The Beastie Boys. This is fairly critical information for a fundraising effort.

2. Sending out this type of invitation on May 7th for a May 20th event is kind of bad marketing as well. If you'd sent me this invitation back in December when I could have actually booked a reasonably priced flight I'd have been much more likely to attend.



Some Girls

Was listening to the Rolling Stones "Some Girls" album today and realized that it's sort of amazing that the title track was released as a single. It made me wonder what would happen if a popular band tried to release it as a single for radio airplay today.

Could they get away with it, or would it doom them? For those not familiar with the song here are the lyrics.

Some girls give me money
Some girls buy me clothes
Some girls give me jewelry
That I never thought I'd own

Some girls give me diamonds
Some girls, heart attacks
Some girls I give all my bread to
I don't ever want it back

Some girls give me jewelry
Others buy me clothes
Some girls give me children
I never asked them for

So give me all your money
Give me all your gold
I'll buy you a house back in Zuma beach
And give you half of what I own

Some girls take my money
Some girls take my clothes
Some girls get the shirt off my back
And leave me with a lethal dose

French girls they want Cartier
Italian girls want cars
American girls want everything in the world
You can possibly imagine

English girls they're so prissy
I can't stand them on the telephone
Sometimes I take the receiver off the hook
I don't want them to ever call at all

White girls they're pretty funny
Sometimes they drive me mad
Black girls just wanna get fucked all night
I just don't have that much jam

Chinese girls are so gentle
They're really such a tease
You never know quite what they're cookin'
Inside those silky sleeves

Give me all you money
Give me all your gold
I'll buy you a house back in Zuma beach
And give you half of what I own

Some girls they're so pure
Some girls so corrupt
Some girls give me children
I only made love to her once

Give me half your money
Give me half your car
Give me half of everything
I'll make you world's biggest star by half

So gimme all your money
Give me all your gold
Let's go back to Zuma beach
I'll give you half of everything I own

Poll #1738997 Some Girls

Could A Popular Band Get Away With Releasing "Some Girls" Today