Patrick Shirkey wrote:
> I'll go even further than that. In many cases these days music is
There was a Roman emperor - Calligula - who spoke the historic words:"
Give the people bread and games (and let us ,the elite, do what we
want." So nothing has changed.
The pulp and garbage which is pushed as "music" makes the listeners into
11-year old imbeciles whose only goal is to slave for their money, give
it to the establishment and get - apparently enslaving - rubbish back.
I'm a performing jazz musician now and was an IT consultant before (I am
retired). What I earned then in half a day a never get in a set of gigs
in a week. The hours spent in rehearsing, arranging, etc. are of course
never paid. But, as many say: "it's your own choice" and that is right.
I can not exist one day without playing the piano and when people want
to pay to listen to me, that's OK . I play for myself and thankfully
don't need it for my daily bread and butter.
However, the company who will pay thousands of Euro's (I'm from the
Netherlands) for me as IT-consultant to change some small and often
insignificant business aspect in his organisation will not pay more than
€ 300,- for a 3 hour gig with a quartet (including travel etc. and
All talk in this thread about copyright and laws etc. is only
interesting for those who publish their work (either as CD or as
downloadable tracks) but I never have these problems as we only play
originals or standards in our own arrangements and if anybody want to
play it, they're wellcome and I'll even give them the arrangements if
We play sometimes for the local radio. They transmit it and anybody can
record it and burn in to a CD. Is that an infringement on my rights? No,
as I have given that to the station.
In my opinion in Jazz and classical music, this problem is negligible,
at least in my network (mostly performing classical and jazz musicians).
I have however no idea how this is in music I never listen to. But I
assume that I'm of a much older generation.
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