It almost doesn’t pay to be a musician these days.
We’ll take that back and rephrase: it LITERALLY doesn’t pay to be a musician these days. And yes, we are using the word “literally” correctly in that sentence..
With more and more businesses deciding to hop onto the STREAMING MUSIC bandwagon, one would think that the greater exposure would result in greater earnings for the musicians and songwriters who are getting their music spread far and wide.
It’s been said that there will reach a point in time where every single piece of recorded music has been written. There are only so many combinations of notes on a musical scale that can be made.
So that’s where the ability to make variations on a theme come into play. Combining two different songs to make a completely new one. Sampling music in order to add your own voice, style to something that already exists.
Everyone prides themselves on being awesome at music selection.
At least, that’s what everyone’s iTunes mix tells us. You go to one their parties, they put their iPod on “shuffle”, and for every one awesome song you have to sludge through two or three obscure tracks that are buried deep in their music catalog.
We all know the lyrics to the song, DEVIL WENT DOWN TO GEORGIA:
if you’d care to take a dare I’ll make a bet with you.
Now you play a pretty good fiddle, boy, but give the Devil his due.
I’ll bet a fiddle of gold against your soul ’cause I think I’m better than you
So what the Devil is proposing in his offer is that Johnny (who plays pretty good fiddle, boy) has a soul that’s only worth a golden fiddle.
The question is, is Johnny getting ripped off a bit?
Kids – no matter how much you’ll hate it now, you should take the time to learn a musical instrument.
Web Watch doesn’t care if it’s the piano, accordion, guitar, or marimba (heck, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots play music using plastic instruments, and that stuff sounds GOOD). The key here is that you should be able to play something – anything.
Web Watch loves karaoke as much as the next person – which is to say that sometimes we really love it, and sometimes we really hate it.
Karaoke is one of those party activities that you can’t plan on being a hit. If you have a karaoke machine in your living room, we guarantee that nobody will want to fire it up and start singing when you say, “hey, who wants to do karaoke with me?”
On the other hand, if your friends know it’s available and are drunk enough – you’ve given them enough rope to lead themselves to hitting the power button and starting the games themselves.
Everyone has a MOST PLAYED or FAVORITE iTunes playlist that you listen to on a regular basis. Heck, that’s what the music industry is all about — getting you to buy (and play) your favorites over and over again.
It doesn’t matter how you listen — local radio, Pandora, your iPod — as long as you listen. Nobody wants to hear crap music.
Then again, what’s crap to you is music gold for someone else. Not everyone loves opera singing or country music, but there are opera and country fans out there.