Edgar Bronfman Jr.: Poet?

May 8, 2008

Warner Music Group CEO Bronfman Jr. speaks at The Media as Parent panel discussion in New YorkEvery so often, poetry blossoms through the doldrums of otherwise stuffy corporate financial conference calls, where imagery and alliteration take a back seat to requests to “drill down” into earnings data.

Asked if their plan to stop paying a dividend masks some ominous inability to pay its debts, Warner Music Group Edgar Bronfman Jr. summoned his inner storyteller to assuage investors fears…

“Given the uncertain economic environment — as we look at what levers do we want to pull as we sail our ship, that no matter what currents run under the water or winds blow above the water, we are going to be nowhere near the shoals or the rocks we don’t anticipate.”

Nice, eh? Soothing even.

Okay, Shakespeare, it aint. But hey, don’t forget, Bronfman has written music performed by the likes of Celine Dion, Barbra Streisand and Dionne Warwick. He may not be able to get Madonna back on his roster, but a co-written hit tune?

Not impossible…

(Photo: Reuters file)

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Nice try at poetry, but I don’t remember many levers on a sailing boat except the one that pumps the toilet…

I think he should have said “as we look at what sheets do we want to pull…” or perhaps “as we look to ease or trim our sails”.

Unless of course he’s in a dingy and he’s mis-naming the tiller – but I can’t see Bronfman in anything under 60′.

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