Thursday, August 5, 2010
I have thought many times about this and have always put it back in the “blog about it later” category. Today I’m pulling it out and I want to know what and how you feel about it.
Several weeks ago I participated in a blogfest where I was to include songs that best describe my life, a soundtrack. I had the utmost fun participating and had no problem with the songs I chose, basically because I own every song I included. Now pulling from the “blog about it later” category I have to ask, “Is music really free?”
When we download from a free music site are we really stealing? Do artist’s get a cut for the musical download or just getting free air time? I’m not sure I agree with free music sites because they do not disclose (or I cannot find it) how the artist is compensated.
I remember watching a PBS special on the blues and how many, many blues artist died in poverty. Some due to bad habits, some because they could not manage money but mostly because they were never really compensated for their creativity. It just did not seem right to me.
I think about all our words out there and how we hate the fact anyone can steal our thoughts, is it not the same with music? I guess this is why when I made my song selection I was very conscious to select songs I actually owned. I could just have easily uploaded the songs but the fact remained I had purchased them.
Just a pet peeve of mine but I feel all artists’ should be given credit or compensated in some fashion. So I ask you, have I missed something? Is music really free or are the artists' the one paying the price?
I mean no harm by asking these questions and I do not mean to upset anyone. I’m just curious as to how creativity is rewarded when we throw it out in cyberspace.
Chime in and let me know what I have missed or do not understand. Educate me.
One Music Lover to Another
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