He's having various friends "give him" musical ideas. He's ony looking for rough pieces, and made it clear that anything submitted to him is going to be re-written.
I guess the short version of this is that I'm a little offended. Maybe it would make more sense if you knew the guy-he's always been a kind of cocky "spotlight on me" kind of guy, and really, I shouldn't expect any less from him than some pompous mentality. It just burns me that he is basically asking me (and apparently many others) to write his material for him, of which he will slice and dice to suit his needs.
I feel like he thinks I'm stupid. I'm going to give him ideas for nothing-I'm not even sure he plans to cite anyone else on the credits. On the other hand, anything that I give him is going to be revised through his "professional touch"...
I've known this guy for years. When is he going to give credit where credit is due? He knows that I write, and have done so for many years. It's insulting to think that his attitude towards my work is so flippant. Had he asked me to submit a completed song (and offered me due credit), I probably wouldn't hesitate. But instead, it came off like "Give me some of your crappy ideas and I'll make them something GOOD.".
I don't know if this makes sense, and I apologize for the rant (I'm getting more angry about it as I go on)...
I've often said that the biggest problem I've experienced in music is credibility. On one side, any Tom Dick and Harry can walk up to you and tell you about the 30 years they spent touring and blah blah blah-and your just supposed to suck down every drop of it without even a hint of documented proof to back up those claims. We deal with it on here all the time, and it's probably the primary reason that our first request to a new forum member is to hear an example of their work.
On the other hand, you can legitimately have that background and never be thought of as anything more than someone's somewhat useful tool. In this case, I'm not really speaking in an online sense. The best example of this is I can give is exactly what I started whining about in the first place. I know this guy. We've played in bands together. He knows that I write, and play bass, and sing, and play guitar, and play some keys, and perform. And yet, he still manages to have that "holier than thou" mentality towards me and my work.
I'll shut up now. I just thought I'd get a few thoughts on the subject from y'all.