I'll go out on a limb with this (and no worries if you get the urge to rib me).
As an extra safeguard, so your cynicism won't get the better of you, please put on your rose-colored glasses. Don't own a pair? I have a spare pair for you; here you go. :)
Drawing from Terry Francona's pre-publication revelation, 'they're in it for the revenue, and not for the love of the game' (now, where have we heard this re: the music industry), and from the recent forum "greatness" thread, I give you a man of letters, of inspiration and yes, greatness, the late Bart Giamatti.
How often do you find a man, born in Boston and raised in western MA, a life-long passionate Red Sox fan, with a Yale education, including a doctorate; who is a scholar, a published philosopher and writer, husband and father; who became one of the most beloved and popular professors at his alma mater; who was a renegade by nature; who did not subscribe to conventional thinking; who ultimately served for 10-years, and continues to be the youngest person on record to become the President of Yale University; who was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (located in Cambridge, MA), as a distinguised fellow ... need I go on?
And yet, as he is famous for so many eloquent quotes, all timeless, and some of breathtaking depth and beauty, perhaps his most famous is:
"The only thing I ever wanted to be president of was the American League."
Well, he came about as close as he could come to that dream by becoming the President of the National League in 1986, and then, as fate would have it, he moved up to become the Commisioner of Baseball in 1989.
All because he loved, not liked but loved, the game of baseball. No rose-colored glasses needed, because that is an absolute fact: he loved the game. He didn't just write about it in elegant and philosophical prose; he lived to fulfill his dream of being a part of it. It was as though it was Giamatti's calling, you know?
So what does this have to do with music? I guess I'm wondering if you know of any musicians, or any executives / producers, etc. who loved music and the music industry the way Giamatti loved baseball. Despite the fact that Giamatti could have continued his highly regarded work in academia, and write about and be a fan of baseball, he made the leap to his live dream, even though his time was fraught with controversy and the need to take stands on life-altering issues.
Does music have anyone like this? Also, in the quote below, try substituting the word "sports" for "music" and see if the quote works for you. Everyone is so bitter and jaded lately, I just wanted to create this post to remind myself, and maybe anyone that reads it, that there are people who really do love their work, to whom we entrust our sacred ideals, no matter how old we are, and those rare people have come through for us.
"Sports represent a shared vision of how we continue, as individual, team, or community, to experience a happiness or absence of care so intense, so rare, and so fleeting that we associate their experience with experience otherwise described as religious or we say the sports experience must be the tattered remnant of an experience which was once described, when first felt, as religious. "
A. Bartlett Giamatti, Take Time for Paradise: Americans and Their Games