Okay so sue me…the lollipop was a cheeky attempt to get you to look – did it work?
Why am I asking you that – you’re here aren’t you!? How much did you pay for lunch today? Howabout dinner? Are you going out this weekend? Where to? How much is it to get in?
I realise how invasive these questions are, however I ask them anyway, not really wanting an answer but instead trying to make a point – next to nothing is free any-more – not things you genuinely enjoy doing, and not even necessities, they cost a fortune too.
Okay the point I’m trying to make…Paying for music is important
As an upcoming musician, I understand the importance of investing in my music, making it is very enjoyable and there’s no feeling quite like it, but it isn’t free. Music costs time and money.
This post is one to inform and to encourage you fellow music lovers out there, of the importance of supporting both independent and mainstream artists by buying their CD’s, merchandise or going to their shows.
When I’m looking for something to listen to, either from one of my favourite artists or something totally new, I want it to be good. I’ll complain if I don’t like it – but if I do like it, I’ll tell people, buy it & become a fan.
Not necessarily because I care about what car that artist wants to fill the tank of today, nor because of their desperate need to pay Jeeves who just hoovered the leather seats in their home cinema (clearly sarcasm, no angry emails please) – but rather because I know that that piece of music once owned, experienced live or referenced on a T-shit, lasts forever (unless I ruin the T-shirt in the dryer, break the CD and get so drunk at the live show, I don’t remember it…but I digress)…
Also, that artist is then able to pay engineers, producers and etc, allowing he or she to continue making music to that same awesome quality – all for me to enjoy.
Think about it, you complain as soon as it looks like you’re being made to wait for the music you want, or if the label or the independent artist stops what they are doing because they can no longer afford to continue – (although usually in those cases it becomes a conspiracy theory or ‘label politics’)…
Who else likes fried chicken…?
A KFC bargain-bucket costs about £10 ($16) – you eat it, enjoy the crispy breadcrumby skin hoping the dodgy looking employee who served it to you didnt spit in the thing after you demanded for only thigh pieces and flat-out refused wings….and then after an hour, you need some Pepto Bismol – and the toilet…
I just bought…Legendary Weapons by the legends that are The Wu-Tang Clan, for only £8.99 and guess what? – It’s dope and it’ll last forever (since umm, CD’s don’t taste so good, LOL)!
So I urge you, please buy the music you love – It makes a huge difference!