Value in Music?

October 16, 2011

All my life I have been an avid music fan, I have been buying music from the age of 11 and continue to this day. Lately when I make the weekly trip to my local music store I see first hand the damage free downloading and ill informed record companies has done to the industry. Album sections dwindled down to greatest hits albums or not even available. Major label artists jumping ship due to lack of interest and promotion. Luckily there are a few smaller labels willing to take the chance on veteran talent as well as talented new artists. Still to this day if you wanted to photocopy a photograph or photographed artwork you still get rightfully hassled because of copyright controls. Music seems to not have the same value. Like  great pieces of art that have endured and have been cherished for centuries, music should share the same fate. Music is medium that is fully interactive with all your senses. In live music the audience experience can dramatically inspire the musicians performance to new heights and in some cases taking the music in a totally new musical direction. A myriad of emotions that a single three minute piece of music can convey. I know my views are very old school and I still embrace the physical format of music. I love portability but my love of holding the product in my hands and reading through the liner notes and enjoying artwork have not changed. I hope it never goes away but you never know these days! If you really enjoy something and it moves you and means something, buy it! The artist will thank you. Without you there is no art.

Gary

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