Thursday, December 8, 2011

r-e-s-p-e-c-t, right?

Rain rain! Go away!

Well, that's not going to happen.

Apparently we're experiencing a "weather bomb". What is that? Is it a made-up term? I don't understand. It's a storm, right? Why are we rebranding storms? Why is the weather suddenly war-like?

Well, I suppose it's not all that sudden. Thor, and the Greek gods, and such.

All I know is, the rain and wind are kind of attacking the big windows here at work. No breakages yet but it feels a bit like being at a museum and looking out onto a "rainstorm" exhibit. Experiencing it but not really wet. Hearing the wind whooshing, hearing the rain splashing down onto the gravel drive, seeing it all come up against the big windows, but dry and warm inside.

Right now: listening to the "She & Him" Christmas album. I bought it at Fred's Record Store in St John's, Newfoundland. (What what!) If you like your Christmas music styled, classy, clever and cute, this is the record for you.

Thinking about: being more respectful of musician's rights. Not downloading any more music for free (unless that's what the artist wants - like Radiohead or Old Man Luedecke). This springs from a conversation I had with a friend in St John's, about why it is we feel that we have the right to just take art from artists, when it comes to music. We don't feel the same about paintings, or other work. (Well, maybe graphic design on the internet - which is where Link with Love comes in.) But with music we feel we have the right to just go ahead and download it for free. Steal it, essentially.

I don't feel overly the same when it comes to big Hollywood movies. Or big pop stars like Rihanna. (Whose music I like, yep!) But other musicians, I think I'm going to make it a New Year's Resolution that starts right now - buy the album. No more burning. No more free downloads.

Yeah, I'll have less new music. For sure. But, I'll appreciate it more.

Where do you weigh in on the topic?

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