If you’ve not been attending to, there’s been a minor furor lately between NPR intern Emily White and Cracker/Camper Von Beethoven frontman David Lowery. Lowery continued and on and on about the problems of the music world today and, in my opinion, more or less skipped the true point. This makes me want to arbitrate the conversation from a distance and illustrate where the music business is at today when it comes to both consumers and artists/songwriters.
We reside in a different musical world today. It’s too possible for the consumer to get music for nothing at all or almost next to nothing at all. It’s a product like soybeans, only less essential to our health insurance and the economy. As White stated in her letter, kids don’t value liner notes or fancy packaging or even any product packaging at all. They don’t see the collectible nature of the vinyl record, cassette, or CD like the prior generations.
It’s a new ballgame. That doesn’t imply that they love music any less than the previous generations did, nor would it mean that music is any better or worse. Take a look beyond the very best 40 (which has always been, for the most part, superficial) and you will find some amazing serves. The nagging problem for many old college artists, web publishers, and label professionals is they can’t accept that the paradigm has shifted. Most of them want to be paid just like these were before. Who can blame them? It leads to a pretty cool lifestyle when the amount of money flows freely.
But those days are over, at least for the present time, so that as as anyone can inform far, they’re not coming back any time soon. Artists and songwriters the world over need to get covered their work, especially when they gain some way of measuring visibility. There’s no argument that that shouldn’t happen (I suffer just as much from a stifled royalty stream as other people), but the music creation system as it’s constructed today doesn’t match the way consumers consume the music they love.
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There’s no use complaining about any of it any more. That only pisses people off and it’s really not helping the problem. Buggy whip makers complained when the picture was strike by the auto, as did typewriter manufacturers when computers were removing. That didn’t have them very significantly as they died a slow death. Adapt or expire was a far more appropriate term never. I have some interesting thoughts on the things which have and also have not changed in our journey from Music 1.0 to Music 3.0 which I’ll talk about in another post. Browse the Emily White post here, and the David Lowery reply here. Help support this website. Any purchases made through our Amazon links help support this site with no cost to you.
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