Read something in a recent EM magazine that got me thinking. Somebody wrote a letter complaining how he has artist freinds who do a painting in a day or so, have it printed up, and then sell them for $60 to $80 a peice. He spends over a year working on a CD, puts thousands of dollars into the recording of it, pays about the same to have copies run off, uses artists, engineers, other musicians.... and when he tries to sell it for $10, people complain and expect him to give the CD to them for free. He adds that this is the experience of others he knows also, so it's not a reflection of his music. It has been my experience also. Music is getting easier and easeir to download off of computers for free. I work at a HS and a huge number of kids have mp3 players now. If not, their cds are mostly full of songs they've downloaded off of the internet. Some kids even sell cds they burn. Bands play for free all the time all over the city, DJ's have taken their places at lots and lots of weddings and clubs (paying gigs) - and even DJs can (and usually do) get their music for free. Record companies rape artists on a daily basis and the only artists that make any real money are more businesses than an artists - brittney, backstreet boys, etc. they even say that the music is like a tiny little part of huge corporation that these people have become. it seems it's getting harder and harder to earn a living as a musician. why do we seem to put so little monetary value on the gifts we have and the work we do? i've got lots of thoughts about all this but i figured i'd just lay the groundwork here and let you guys tear it up a bit.