Note: The following is a compilation of several posts and some new updates intended for newer readers of this blog. Much has been written about our new project, Goin’ Home. If you’ve been following all along, you may find some redundancies here; however, if you’re somewhat new to the project, you’ll find here a summary of events and thoughts that will bring you somewhat up to date.
What if today you could go over to your neighborhood grocery, grab that cart and shop for anything your little ol’ heart desired, then, instead of getting into the checkout line, skip that and just head home with your groceries – steak, shrimp, Haagen Daz, throw in a little Kobe Beef, some chocolate truffles and perchance a tin or two of Almas Caviar.
When you got outside with your overflowing shopping cart, the police would be there, but would just look the other way as you passed by chuckling gleefully, licking your chops.
What a great idea! Why don’t we do this? Food should be free! I think most of us would agree that life would be a lot easier if food were free.
Trouble is, after very little time, maybe the next time we went back to the supermarket, the aisles would be empty, the shelves bare. “Hey, all the food is gone!” you might cry. “Well, let’s go back to the farmers and get more,” the store manager would say.
So we’d go to the farmers and say, “Hey farmers, make more food!” They would respond like this: “Without getting paid, it’s just too hard. Sorry, but there’s just no more food. We’re gonna go do something else.”
Well, essentially that’s what just happened to the music business – except for one problem. Of course the farmers equal the artists in this little analogy and the artists, who love to make music, are still saying, “Oh cool, you like my music? You actually want to listen to my music? OK, I’ll give it to you for free!”
So it’s gonna take a little time before this situation is righted. Give the starving artists a chance to really starve. Then they won’t be able to make any more music no matter how much they love to do it. Cuz we all gotta eat! (more…)