David, I’m bummed to learn that, but thanks for the correction.

Hope springs eternal, so I’m going to go back to the original thread as if nothing had happened, because the main point is about a trend rather than an example of the trend.

My thought here is something along the lines that stephensings is an intrinsic part of the value that Merritt is offering his fans. Singing the song for yourself isn’t an act of devotion to the star, it’s an act of self-sufficiency that the star helped provide for.

In Jay’s terms, it’s “a more intricate relationship” where the star is a leader in shared creative activity.