At the end of the day, that’s the single most powerful shaper of our destinies. It defines us. Our perceptions, views, behaviors.
And what of our characters? Are we good? Do we try to follow the Golden Rule, treating others as we’d like to be treated ourselves?
Have you knocked over a bank lately?
When was the last time you pulled off a good ol’ dine and dash? Huh?
Oh, you don’t knock over banks, or stick your waitress with the restaurant bill?
Oh you’re a music lover? Nice. Music is nice. Oh, I see, you’re a REAL music lover…can’t live without it. Love it. Love it. Love it.
You love it so much in fact, that you talk about it on Facebook….bragging about all the sites you’ve found where you can download it for free….
Why is it not only socially acceptable in some circles to steal music, but “cool”? Honestly, doesn’t a supposed music-enthusiast stiffing the artists that he “so appreciates” make him look like a bit of an ass?
STOOOOOOPID at best.
Hmmmm those sound like flattering character traits….
“Oh I really love this band. I know every song inside and out! I have every version of every song they ever recorded…but I’ve never offered up one single solitary red cent to them for enjoying the fruits of their creativity, labour, investment, time, talent, and personal sacrifice that was highly likely a prelude to any studio recording they’ve ever done.”
And that’s OK?
The hell it is.
If you truly love music, you must give back to the artists.
Thievery is affecting musicians.
It doesn’t matter whether the band is relatively new, or if it’s a successful, working band that has been in the business for a long time. (In the April issue of Loudguitars – you’ll hear Alexi Laiho of Children of Bodom mention it. 15 years of recording and touring, and they’re feeling the effects of people stealing music. That’s just not right!)
The subject of people downloading music for free comes up almost every time we sit down to interview someone.
It makes my blood boil.
It’s not any cooler to steal music than it is to skip out on a bar tab or restaurant bill. Imagine if you worked for months and didn’t get paid?
What’s that? Would you feel inclined to continue working?
Oh…you’re only one person, and you’re not selling the music that you steal. You’re not even sharing it with your friends….they have to steal it themselves….so, even though you know that it’s not 100% OK – it’s not that big a deal….right?
So let’s say that after months of working, instead of NOT getting paid at all, you got paid a third of what was owed to you.
Is that OK?
Not for a second.
The bottom line here: If you’re enjoying the fruits of someone else’s labour…pay the fuck up!