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RR: Well as we wrap up this great interview, I have to say it was a pleasure, certainly, to talk to you about your life and to hear you record all these dates. You have such a wonderful memory. A great memory. And but just to advice for young writers for the students of how they can pursue a similar type of career, particularly for those, I mean and others. Obviously the business has changed considerably, but our students now are able to have so much, so many more tools at their disposable. But just from your experience and the fact that you're still here, even though you're officially retired, we are glad to have you continue to share your experience. What kinds of nuggets of advice you can give to us? RE: Well, one of my best students here was a guy named Vite Renn. V-I-T-E, in German, V is pronounced like an F. Vite Renn, R-E-N-N. And he left here and went down to, about 15 years ago now, and went down to Florida and married down there and he got hooked up with this Backstreet Boys, NSYNC and all that. And he did well with that, made him a business and such. And then he introduced me into, what's the young lady's name that's so big now...? Well anyway she's the one who's lost a lot of weight that's on Mally (?) that's on Oprah's show. Boy, I can't think of her name right now, Jennifer Hudson. RR: Jennifer Hudson, okay. RE: So I was talking to him about the last week and I was asking about the, how 'bout the business, recording business. He's down in Florida now. He says, "I've gotta think of what I think about the future. I don't know if you wanna hear it." I said "yeah let me hear it!" He says, "First of all, the recording industry is about gone. And it's going to come to the point where you will not be able to make any money on recordings." RR: That's right. RE: He said, "if everybody can download your stuff and blah blah blah, that's what'll be happening. If you happen to be a person who'll make appearances, personal appearances and then you get on your web things and followers and people that like you and they say 'contribute a dollar a month just to be on it' and you get about 10,000 people and they doing 10,000 dollars a month, you're cool! That helps, but if you want to make an appearance, then you can broadcast it and they'll come to see you live if you're a performer and it's gonna be that. Ya know, performing like that. But as far as the record industry, that's going down for the future and there being able to make money off of recording something, where people are paying you for royalties. That's almost, one day, is gone." That's how he looks at it. He knows how to survive in the business. So I had to talk to one of my students, who was successful. RR: Yeah that's one way. Well, Richard thank you so much, Professor Richard. Everyone, we've been talking to professor, Professor Richard Evans. Professor at Berklee. Now semi-retired. And thank you so much for the opportunity to talk to you. RE: My pleasure, I hope I didn't run on off too much. RR: This is for you, to give you an opportunity to talk RE: All righty RR: Thank you so much RE: Thank you.