Tessa Lena is a strongly opinionated singer and musician living in New York. Her background is in classical piano, linguistics, computers, ethnomusicology, and Tibetan studies. She fronts Tessa Makes Love.

Robots are on her $hit list, and this blog is about not taking $hit from the machine.

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Ed Sheeran Says Spotify is Awesome; I Disagree

Full disclosure: I wrote this because I care. I am not an industry analyst and I am not trying to be one. But I have a brain, and I hate bullshit. Without further ado…

In a highly publicized BBC interview, British musician Ed Sheeran says that he “owes career to Spotify”. According to Sheeran, the 860 million streams he received on Spotify allowed him to play big shows in the US and sell out arenas in Korea and South-East Asia.

Something about it just didn’t feel right. Smelling a rat, I googled the guy.

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Tessa Fights Robots: the Album

For some time, I lived with the assumption that women sing and write songs, and men produce and engineer. I don’t know why I assumed that, I guess I assumed what I saw.

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#DailyThoughts

Loving While Scared

My love goes out to people who are not talking trash, pointing fingers, blaming friends who voted differently or going super macho on them, who are not talking with contempt about family members, who are trying to understand, love, and relate. I don’t care who you voted for.

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I Don’t Like It When You Ask Me to Put My Hands Up in the Air

Story. Last week, I was watching a friend’s very awesome band, and towards the end of the night, as usual, it got to the part where the band is expected to engage in Pavlonian behavioral transformations (“Say this, say that…I can’t hear you! Now put your hands up in the air… not enough hands in the air, now dance”, etc.).

That part of any live performance drives me nuts, every time. I feel violated, annoyed, depressed, aloof, frustrated, and existentially unsatisfied. I watch a room of adults turn into eager puppets, and I think to myself, “Why are you treating adults like children? And what happened to the truth?!” So I stand there and feel like I want to go back to my planet.

But then something funny happens.

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Part 2 of 1000: Political correctness

The problem of free speech vs. political correctness is not framed correctly, I am pretty sure about that. The real problem is the algorithmic approach that does not solve shit. In real human life, for every word, there is context. You don't talk to a strong person...

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A Universal Facebook Status

‘If you disagree with me, you are poorly informed, delusional, and possibly an idiot. Do what I say, don’t irritate me. You don’t want me to hate you, do you?’

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Tessa is a strongly opinionated singer and musician living in New York. Her background is in classical piano, linguistics, computers, ethnomusicology, and Tibetan studies. She fronts Tessa Makes Love.

Robots are on her $hit list, and this blog is about not taking $hit from the machine.