Monday, January 9, 2012

Can we save The Music?

Wannabe musicians. Cool lights, tho, right?

Most of you are aware of how much I love music. So, it should come as no surprise to hear that when I recently met someone who is legit in the biz, I spent no less than an hour asking him about all the important details of his career.


You know, stuff like, “So, what’s it like being a musician?” and, “Do you just love being on stage?” Meaningful and original stuff like that to really get his mind working overtime. Look, I would hate to think I bored someone as talented and clever as Carter with mundane and idiotic questions….

Fortunately for me, he really IS talented – and well-spoken – and he made this old gal me feel at ease by just hanging out and chatting while we marveled at the success of his girlfriend’s website launch party (all while declaring our love for the food and beverages available at the Eagle Drive In). And, in spite of my complete ineptitude to converse with someone who exudes such utter coolness, he actually managed to tell me some stuff that made me think about the future of the music industry and what it might mean for aspiring musicians and artists (and those of us who appreciate what they do).

Thanks to the Internet, fewer and fewer people are actually purchasing music these days. And, while at first this may sound like a great deal for us listeners, it may have dire circumstances in the long run. I will be the first to admit that I love, love, love Pandora. In the immortal words of Depeche Mode, “I just can’t get enough… I just can’t get enough.” I mean, you can personalize your stations to play only the music you like, and, based on your preferences, they will throw in a song or two that you have probably never heard before but, amazingly, it fits into your musical taste and before you know it, you’re a fan. How great is that?

But….

What happens if we stop downloading from iTunes? What happens if we stop buying CD’s or albums or EP’s? Already there are no more record stores left in the mall (here in Joplin they’ve all been replaced by sporting goods stores. 'Cause we really need 50 pairs of Nike Shox).

What happens when, in our zealous quest to get the latest Ke$ha or LMFAO tune for free from Limewire.com, we bypass those silly little copyright laws that are supposed to protect artists from the very hijacking we are participating in?

Mostly, what happens when musicians, lyricists, and singers are no longer able to make a living with their God-given talents?

They’ll have to stop making music and do something else for a living, that’s what will happen. And for me, at least, that will really suck. ‘Cause, you know, I like music.

So, here’s what I did in order to do my little part to help save the Music World: I asked for the new Snow Patrol CD for Christmas. And, guess what? I got it! And the new Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs CD. Oh, and I also got a used copy of Billy Joel’s “Piano Man” (‘cause it was only $3.99. And I’m a loser for not already having that in my CD library anyway).

And now I’m going to go and download some of Carter Hulsey’s music. ‘Cause he’s really good, and young, and trying to make an honest living.

And you should, too. Buy some music honestly, that is.

Happy listening!

3 comments:

  1. I like! And I even know the soon-to-be-uber-famous video bubble gum blower, cereal eater, and face painter! Kudos!

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  2. Don't they look so cute?! I love this video! And, the whole darn crew is exceptionally talented - as always, I wish them much success! Thanks for reading, Beth!

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  3. Wouldn't it be wonderful if you could buy the music and the musician!

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