Why should I pay for music?

Think of all the times you’ve played a certain track.  Think of all the memories it conjures up from things in the past.  Wouldnt your life be a little less without it?

Just because we can get something for free doesnt mean we should.  Society is starting to be forced into a more conscientious mode with easy access to information and digital products – the problem is most people arent ready for the responsibility.  I remember I used to listen to an online radio station called Trance Airwaves most nights.  It was free but they kept asking for donations saying they’d shut down if they didnt get some funding from the hundreds of listeners.  And sure enough, one day it just wasnt there any more.  Afterwards I wished I’d sent them a few quid, but I didnt, and they stopped spending their own time and money providing us with music.  And rightly so.

Even if I can listen to something again and again on youtube I try find the track in the stores and buy myself a copy, or go to the artist’s website and buy/donate something.  Not all the time, but I’m getting better at it.  If we dont, one day the artists may stop making their music simply because a labour of love doesnt necessarily put food on the table.

Seen as it has just been Martin Luther King day in the US, and I’ve been watching the trailer for the new Zeitgeist movie, I thought I’d share some of Luther King’s words with you.

“We are now faced with the fact, my friends, that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late. Procrastination is still the thief of time. Life often leaves us standing bare, naked, and dejected with a lost opportunity. The tide in the affairs of men does not remain at flood — it ebbs. We may cry out desperately for time to pause in her passage, but time is adamant to every plea and rushes on. Over the bleached bones and jumbled residues of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words, “Too late.”

Powerful stuff.  A good thing to remember next time you’re postponing some action until tomorrow.

Ok, happy time… Here is probably my most played youtube song of all time.  Great for the afterparties, and the sunny days, and the rainy days.  I have this on 2 vinyls and 2 cds so I feel that I’ve said thank you to Orbital plenty for this timeless piece!  Enjoy a bit of Halcyon and On and On set to Planet Earth footage 🙂

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