The new 100-strong musicians' letter on behalf of the still-jailed Pussy Riot members Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova is a wholly good thing. And it is. It's not about whether I'd listen to music from this enormous body of artists (though I would in a few cases), but ... well, you know what I'm saying. It ain't what you do, it's the way that you do it.
So, why is it that, unlike my fellow comrades assembled around me in this café, I still desire, nay, demand, a record contract? After all, I can still create my music and release it on a plethora of digitally-based platforms. I don't need the permission of one of the music industry's behemoth labels to be a musician, do I?
For me, the last 24 hours has been dominated by a single twitter hashtag, a curiously contemporary phenomenon that didn't exist during the life of the man it is referring to. 25th October marks the 7th anniversary of the death of British broadcasting legend John Peel and fans have celebrated his legacy by posting clips from Peel sessions and programmes on facebook and twitter, sharing his witty and memorable quotes, and creating podcasts and blogposts showing his influence.