It’s curious the way news spreads over the Internet. One bona fide news site reports an event correctly. Nine more web sites quote the first site verbatim. But the tenth adds a little wrinkle of its own to the story, a white lie. The next twenty sites that report the story include the white lie. And all of a sudden, the white lie has become a fact.
That’s what happened to me this week. MTV News published a story, ostensibly about a row between me and another musician. At the end they mentioned that I am about to go out on tour, which is true. At least a dozen web sites and blogs picked up on the MTV story, and quoted from it directly. So far so good.
Then Steven D Levitt, brilliant author of the bestselling ‘Freakonomics’, mentioned in his widely-read blog that he had lunch with me in Oxford last summer. As a footnote he stated that I’m back with my first album in 15 years.
Hold on–did someone say ‘album’? This is the first I’ve heard of it. But since Steven’s blog, I’ve seen at least 5 mentions of my new album–and in fact two of the journalists I did interviews with this week asked me whether I’ll be playing songs from the new album in my live show.
Next my agent called and said he has two labels interested in distributing me. I’m not kidding.
All this has happened in the space of three days. I think I like this accelerated way of working! At this rate I’ll be able to skip the laborious part where you have to actually write and record the songs, and fast forward to the bit where I’m sitting on a white sand beach with a long drink, reading all the great reviews and admiring my fat royalty check.