Jan 05

Music or Money Do you work for Free?

Music or Money Do you work for Free?

by: Nuwri Ghosrleaf

I find it sometimes hard to understand what all the fuss is all about, why people feel Music should be Free. In my research on what’s taking place in the music buying communities, be it Spodify complaints or some non musician so called fan complaining on a blog feed about how it should be, when they more than likely have no clue on the process from idea to release by a major artist or an independent.
Before I begin, let me make this perfectly clear. I write strictly from the heart and the majority of the time straight to the point,depending on the subject matter. I’m not trying to win a literary prize for I know those awards mainly go to writers who’s ambitions are New York Times Washington Post Wall Street Journal kind of honors.
With all due respect to ALL eyes that see read and hear this,no disrespect to your intelligence,I just want to have Written Verbal Conversations with you as the friend I see you as.Sincerely: Nuwri Ghostleaf

Now with that said and out there, let’s continue. That is the worst four letter word and artist songwriter musician or publisher can hear uttered out of the mouths of music buyers and fans. I wish for once that they would just stop before that the thought of FREE comes to mind and ask themselves if they would honestly work for FREE for their employer, State Federal or Private sector. I mean just walk into your bosses office and say, I want to just give you my services for FREE from now on.

I can hear you now saying he must be crazy, why would  I do something so dumb, I have to feed my family, pay my bills, eat and all the other things we all do, and that includes musicians and all of the above mentioned. But yet you see nothing wrong with wanting your music for FREE.

What the title of this article Music or Money Do you work for Free? is saying as if you haven’t gotten the point yet, is that, “WE” all have the same basic needs in life, no matter what we do for our livelihoods, FREE won’t get it done. we don’t live in the era of bartering, though that wouldn’t be such a bad idea.

When U2 and Lady Gaga gave away their music yes for FREE in 2014, that really set the mind set in motion. Napster was on of the beginning if not the culprits. The slim percentages that online streaming companies pay out is nothing compared to what they take in. Just because they are providing the methods of distribution, should not lessen the value of the content that’s making them reported millions from musical content they they didn’t create. Imagine if you will, a world without music, Okay let’s say New music.

I say that because there are millions of songs already in the clouds and streaming companies.This was before any real property rights of compensation was discussed. Legislation is slow to move on anything but their own pay, so we knew that would be a challenge on the action thereof.

U2 new album 'Songs of Innoncents' free on iTunesU2 new album ‘Songs of Innoncents’ free on iTunes
Bono and Apple announce the release of the U2’s new album, “Songs of Innocence,” for free on iTunes.


2014 was a year of only one artist to do Platinum numbers, which is a million albums/cd’s sold, fo those not familiar with the RIAA reporting process. That was the awesome Taylor Swift, the only other was Frozen a movie sound track. Is the internet and  social media to blame? There seems to be a lot of speculation on what the real cause of the decline in an record industry that goes from a $32 billion dollar industry, down to just 1/2 that, WTW? (what the what) and it’s now asking of the content creators to give away their livelihoods for what? C’mon you say that nasty four letter word: _ _ _ _!

It’s going to be a very interesting 2015 to see how the public reacts to this dying industry as it’s being so everyday reported by the doom and goon squads that sadly make their livings off of reporting such.

As a real lover of old school, even though I stay current of the happenings in many genres. I fancy (no pun on Iggy) my dear musician friends new hit single the “PARTY TRAIN” energy by: The “Silver Conductor” has that 12′ extended play vinyl feel of yesteryear grooves.

Take the time to really think about those who create and give us the music we all love the next time you think about a FREE downloading or even worse, a pirated copy of anything. I know we live in the land of the so called FREE, but let’s be real, that’s not a “PARTY TRAIN” I’d ride on.

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