Robert Hilburn's fascinating record company exec survey ("The Big Deal," Dec. 15) immediately brought to mind the old saying "the music business is not the music world."
Reading between the lines, one can discern an interesting undercurrent of confusion and panic among these alleged "executives." The truth is, they are utterly frozen with fear for losing their jobs over one false move.
My message to those surveyed in Hilburn's piece: Give us some new sounds or dig your own grave. You sadly underestimate the intelligence of the pop music audience. At some point we will tire of being offered clones of clones and will surprise you by gradually showing the initiative to seek out truly new music wherever it can be found.