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Sheridan's song sounds off-key to Skico
ASPEN TIMES, 2010
On his 2003 album "Recycle," Aspen singer-songwriter Dan Sheridan included a song of his, "Big Money," that took aim at the damaging effects that wealth has had on Aspen: mini-castles protected by impenetrable fences, the pushing out of the working class.

The song builds to the ultimate point that the loose, spontaneous sense of fun associated with Old Aspen is being squeezed out in favor of a more sterile, artificial social environment.

"Down in the graves you can hear the miners sing/ 'Big money ruins everything,'" Sheridan sings in the repeated climactic line.

Now Sheridan -- whose initial observations on Aspen came while he worked as a bellman at the Hotel Jerome -- has material for a sequel to "Big Money." On Monday Sheridan was dismissed from his job as an apr¸s-ski entertainer at Sneaky's Tavern, a Snowmass Village spot owned by the Aspen Skiing Co., for singing "Big Money."

According to the 44-year-old Sheridan, he played the song on Jan. 1 at the request of a table full of Sneaky's patrons.

Sheridan, who has been cautious about performing the song in the past, hesitated. But the request was echoed by other listeners, and he sang his critique of overpriced boutiques, plastic surgery and nostalgia-mongering. A Skico vice president was in attendance . . . » read entire article


Aspen Skico: Mistake Made in Firing of Musician
ASPEN TIMES 2010
The Aspen Skiing Co. said Thursday it played the wrong tune in the firing of musician Dan Sheridan for singing a song that was deemed inappropriate.

"The Ski Company acted hastily, made a mistake and is now acting to repair that mistake," Skico spokesman Jeff Hanle said Thursday.

"The way it was handled was not proper" and didn't match the company's values, he added.

A weekly Friday gig at Sneaky's Tavern, a Skico-owned and -operated bar and restaurant at Snowmass' Base Village, will be offered back to Sheridan, who has a sizable local following. » read entire article


Folk song strikes a touchy chord in Aspen
LA TIMES, January 24, 2010|By Nicholas Riccardi
On his 2003 album "Recycle," Aspen singer-songwriter Dan Sheridan included a song of his, "Big Money," that took aim at the damaging effects that wealth has had on Aspen: mini-castles protected by impenetrable fences, the pushing out of the working class.

The song builds to the ultimate point that the loose, spontaneous sense of fun associated with Old Aspen is being squeezed out in favor of a more sterile, artificial social environment

"Down in the graves you can hear the miners sing/ 'Big money ruins everything,'" Sheridan sings in the repeated climactic line. » read entire article


Dan Sheridan: On the Money
Aspen Times Weekly, March 7, 2010, By Stewart Oksenhorn
. . . In the town where he's lived for 20 years, Sheridan has been treated like a modern-day folk hero. Those rising to defend Sheridan, and Aspen's freewheeling character, have shrugged off the Skico explanation — that the firing was the result of a miscommunication in the organization's chain of command — and taken to the air and to the local papers, howling about the squelching of an independent voice that argued against a squeaky-clean, exclusive resort.

The day the story hit The Aspen Times, Sheridan was greeted with an ovation from his fellow passengers on a RFTA bus. In Carl's Pharmacy, a box of Sheridan's CDs is displayed beside the upstairs register. His email box has been flooded with protest songs from other musicians, but he's seen only a modest increase in CD sales. » read entire story


Wake-Up Call: Aspen's "Big Money" mess
Calhoun: Wake-Up Call
Forget Charlie Sheen. The biggest scandal in Aspen these days involves Dan Sheridan, a 44-year-old singer musician who's lived in that mountain town more than twenty years, doesn't like some of the changes he's seen, and describes them very eloquently in his song "Big Money." » follow link to blogs.westword.com


The Song That Offended Aspen’s Wealthy
Wall Street Journal blog, Feb 22, 2010, by Robert Frank

Last month, Aspen, Colo., folk singer Dan Sheridan was at a bar in Snowmass Village performing one of his most popular songs: a folksy, satirical number called “Big Money.”

The crowd loved it. Or so he thought. Soon after getting home, he got a call from the bar’s manager who said an executive from Aspen Skiing Co.–-which owns the bar, along with much of Aspen–had been in the audience.

The executive was offended by the song, and Mr. Sheridan was fired.

In most small towns, that would have been the end of the story. But in Aspen, where debating the effects of wealth has become the second most popular sport after skiing, Mr. Sheridan’s firing became a cause celebre. The Aspen Times did a story, followed by TV news crews from Denver. Letters of support poured in. Some even threatened to boycott the ski company, which is known locally as Ski Co. » follow link to story