I put my songs on sites like Soundclick, Songplanet, and
Reverb Nation with the expectation that anyone with a little bit of
computer savvy can record anything that streams on the
internet. I'm also cynical (maybe realistic is a better term)
when it comes to believing that people have lower moral standards
So my philosophy is that it is just the price you pay for
promoting your music on the internet.
But that still doesn't make it right.
I've spent countless thousands of hours writing songs,
rehearsing, performing, recording, mixing, and developing a
craft. I've also spent thousands of dollars on the
instruments and equipment to support it. I believe the end
result has some VALUE. If a song gets on a radio chart, or if
someone buys a CD or a download, that validates my belief.
Why do you buy a CD? Because you like the music enough
that you want to own it. You want to be able to listen to it
any time you want; not just when it gets played on the radio.
It's the same for music on the internet. You can listen to it
any time you're at the computer. But if you like it enough
that you want to be able to take it with you and hear it any time,
then you should be willing to pay a buck and support the artist who
poured his heart and soul into it.
Which leads to another question: what value do you
place on your art? Do you give it away -- make all your songs
available for free download? If so, maybe you are just
contributing to the growing mindset that music has no value and
should be free.