After a winter that just wouldn't quit - 15+ snowfalls in our area and a total of over 5 feet of the white stuff - the month of April is FINALLY here Hallelujah! I hope that all is well in your world now that spring has finally, actually sprung :) With spring comes new beginnings and the start of a new mission for us here at LoveSongs.com .
Will anyone buy music 10 years from now??
Does anyone else notice that more and more, music is becoming devalued in our society? Over the last 10 years we have switched from buying physical CDs to instead buying MP3s online via Itunes, Amazon, etc (and sometimes just downloading songs for free on other sites). What's funny is that now that the increase in online music purchases has finally evened out the loss in physical CD purchases, we're starting to see the online purchases are also beginning to go down. That's right, our newest technology friend is music streaming (think Pandora, Spotify, Beats and at least a dozen others).
So now we're firmly entering the music streaming world with YouTube, Pandora, Spotify and IHeartRadio leading the way. While these services do all compensate songwriters and artists, its becoming apparent that the money available is greatly reduced compared to royalty rates on physical CDs and actual song downloads. I'm sure this doesn't have a huge impact on superstar artists like Bruno Mars, Miley Cyrus and perhaps a few dozen others each year. But for the 10s of thousands of other songwriters and artists that used to count on music to earn their living it may be another story.
We all inherently know the value of music in our lives and many of us also know the value music brings to education and numerous types of therapy (it's that right brain thing). Imagine if we reached a point where no new music was being created, for the simple fact that there was no longer a business model that supported musicians and songwriters. Now this is far-fetched of course, since there will always be musicians and songwriters creating art. However its not such a stretch to imagine the quality of new music going down the tubes (some would argue that it would be continuing trend already in progress. With less new quality music, fewer and fewer kids would take up learning instruments compounding the current issue of music programs being cut from schools.
I don't know what the answer to all this is, but I do see a problem and have to say something about it. Music has always been very important in my life whether I was earning money playing & writing music or not. I want to live to see the importance and value of music re-established in our youth, in our schools, and in our culture. Here at LoveSongs.com, we will be looking for ways to help share this message and for ways to recognize the value music is giving to all of us.
Let Her Go - Passenger
Okay now off my soapbox and back to the music :) One of my favorite songs playing this month is "Let Her Go" by Michael David Rosenberg, better known as Passenger - Apparently Michael fronted the UK band Passenger from 2003-2009 and when the band broke up he kept on using the name. "Let her go" is a really beautiful mid-tempo tune that reminds us to always appreciate what we have while we have it instead of waiting till...
"Well you only need the light when it's burning low
Only miss the sun when it starts to snow
Only know you love her when you let her go...and you let her go"
That's all for today folks - look for a new posting shortly and also news about new & updated features launching at LoveSongs.com this week!
Music, Love & Laughter,
~Vincent James @ LoveSongs.com