Yes, I admit it, I’m a dinosaur in some ways, or at least that’s how I feel after being enlightened about alternatives to iTunes. I might still be living in the stone age if Taylor Swift hadn’t done such an outstanding job of putting Spotify in the spotlight for people like me. I love it, and now I enjoy free music on my laptop and iPhone. iTunes was starting to annoy me. It seems with every upgrade, which feels like a daily occurrence, the platform becomes worse and worse.
Of course, the irony in this is that Ms. Swift is clearly not trying to promote Spotify, but punish the company for having the audacity to share her valuable talent for which she received only about $500,000 in revenue over the past year. Pocket change, I suppose.
I remember years ago the uprising from outraged musicians who publicly condemned access to free music. Someone had commented that Jerry Garcia had thought music should be free; how he would be rolling over in his grave at musicians’ behavior today. This is anecdotal of course, but I believe it because in his time there was a different mindset about music. Those were free-spirited days when music celebrated rebellion against commercialism. Bands at the top of their game performed free concerts in Central Park and everyone was copying songs from records to cassettes for friends.
It’s not that I don’t respect musicians and their right to fair compensation. But Taylor’s statement, “Music is art, and art is important and rare…important, rare things are valuable,” is a little too pompous for my taste.
Well, that’s what I think anyway. Needed to get that off my chest.