Regarding your recent article on POPAsheville ["Save POPAsheville," July 1 Xpress], I think that it's insane that anybody would think that this is journalism or that an event's planner should be bankrolled because of poor financial planning. This is a shining example of how overgrown the egos are in the music scene here in Asheville. With all the issues facing Asheville (homelessness!!), it seems extremely pretentious to ask for a salary up front before anybody begins the planning.
Get real, people! Maybe if it was for a worthy cause other than just to inflate egos even more than they are, you would find more support for your event. This is the equivalent of a business saying that they need money for marketing so they can continue with their own agenda … sorry, not good enough.
Obviously there is a personal side to this since there was absolutely zero support for my idea of creating an Asheville Music Hall of Fame to funnel money back into the musicians' lives by creating a daylight business and a tourist destination for this city. I sacrificed to the point that I was sick and homeless and realized that maybe I should relax my efforts until the local economy was able to sustain such an endeavor. Maybe POPAsheville should at least consider taking a year off before they assume that "legions of fans" want the same B.S. that hasn't been successful (or at least has been mismanaged). I hope that everybody involved can see how a "cult of personalities" can work against the greater good. What's next, should we pay Greg Brown up front before he starts planning the next Laugh Your Asheville Off? Or maybe Woody Wood will only play again if he has a half-year's salary up front. Excuse me if I throw up.
— Dallas Taylor