The music industry has 99 problems. And they are…

I had no idea the music industry was struggling this bad. I mean, I knew I was pretty bad, but this is really bad…

The music industry has 99 problems. And they are…

Love to hear your thoughts on the matter, and make sure you’re supporting whatever groups you’re big fans of. (Hat tip, The Passive Voice.)

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

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5 thoughts on “The music industry has 99 problems. And they are…

  1. Stan – Glad you’re interested in music. This will allow me to encourage you (and Danah) to treat yourself to Real Music this Saturday when the Oak Ridge Community Orchestra performs – for free! – Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliette Overture, Sibelius’ Karelia Suite, and a piece of Khachaturian’s Spartacus Suite. Yes, free! Refreshments free, too! 2 pm at the First Baptist Church sanctuary. Come and say hi, and meet our new conductor, Gabe Lefkowitz, who’s also the concertmaster of the KSO. It would be great to see you again!Nancy


  2. As a person who loves music, a musician for over 20 years, who has performed in front of people periodically both solo and with bands, a person who knows lots of AWESOME musicians (who are lots and LOTS better than he is) who have been playing professionally (and doing awesome) and playing professionally (and losing sorely) and playing like I have, for the joy of it and to offer joy to other people, I have almost zero sympathy for the “plight” the music industry is in.

    It seems to me that things are just changing, like they always are. Technology continues to improve our ability to instantly gain access to and share information of all types, and that simply changes the way people make money of the sharing of that information.

    Musicians will continue to come and go, like they always have, some people will rise to the top of the professional musician food chain, some even because they are really good and have something to offer that we all want or need to hear, and some because they are talentless hacks who just know how to entertain mindless people who can’t think for themselves and should have never have been put in front of the public in the first place.

    Gazillions of people will continue to fall in love with music for music’s sake, and gazillions of other people will become the best musicians that no one really gets to hear because they just do it for pure love of it and don’t bother to try to market themselves and make money off of it. How is it that the music industry is in a “plight” while we’re still trying to figure out the intricacies of music written by people from 300 years ago, while we’re still discovering new things in music from 300 years ago that has been studied exhaustively since being written, before the word “digital” was a word?

    Music is a an undying form of art and expression that goes a lot deeper than money. Not that making money is evil, or that making lots of money is evil, or that making lots of money from making music is evil, but I just don’t care about the plight. Maybe this will simply separate the wheat from the chaff and people will just make music more out of love for it than for a hope of making money, as long as they get to share it with a few people.

    While at the same time people will still make money off it because we love to be entertained, and yes, good music (or sometimes just good production of horrible music) is entertaining and I for one love it! The good stuff, that is. The horrible stuff deserves to be thrown in a burning lake of molten lava while the pitiful mindless masses moan on about it. Just my thoughts on the subject.


    1. Wow, Kovach. Didn’t know you were so into music. (And there I thought I half-way knew you! lol)

      And your love for it definitely rings through your comment. I think the article was taking a look at the situation more from the eyes of someone trying to break into the field to make a career of it instead of just doing it for their love of it, although I know the two often — and should — go together. Or maybe I’m looking at it wrong.

      What’s your take on people trying to break into the field to make a career of it versus just playing for love?


  3. I should have just said the music “industry” has its problems, but it seems like most of the problems are for the artist trying to break into it. The rest of the industry is just trying to make ungodly amounts of money and it’s not as easy as it used to be. Oh well. “MUSIC” has been doing just fine for millenia and will continue to do just fine for millenia more. Am I spelling millenia right?


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