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Why music should be given out for free

By Kevin Sufacation

In our modern age, people still dream about becoming signed to a major label in thinking they'll be granted fame and fortune. But, is this all true? The media has done a good job to make it all look fine and dandy glorifiying it with TV appearances, music videos, and so on. Top of that, people are still conditioned to think that selling music is okay. Which is ridiculous because try to look at it from a realistic perspective. You must have money in order to hear sounds. Since they gave music a price they may as well price every damn sound known to man. The fantasies people have of becoming rich and famous through music is what the record labels want. People to control for their needs, and profit for the power to control people.

With the way things are now, more and more people are becoming products rather than honest artists. Rap is a great example of this. Majority of "typical rappers" talk about things that are the negative perspectives of life such as crime, money, and drugs. Unfortunately, this garbage is what the masses of our society like, condition others to think it is okay to do crime, profit by any means and drug abuse but what about the record labels? Shouldn't they have a heart to prevent what "typical rappers" preach? Unfortunately, this is what the record labels want. Any idiot who they can profit from with saying what they wanted said. What they don't want is some intellectual individual saying what ever he pleases because it would be a "threat" to the music industry, because in essence they know that the masses of our society isn't very bright. So, any so called "intellectual matieral" wouldn't attract sales therefore losing profit. They're like this because, like everyone else in our monetary society, we all need money to survive.

Money has done nothing but create greed, jealousy, and so forth. It also creates stress for those who are pressured to sell their products. It separates people from being caring to egotistical. Money has also created social stratification, therefore encouraging one another to constantly compete with each other which devides people rather than uniting people. Giving on the other hand, enlightens oneself into doing something because they want to do it rather than make profit out of it. Not only does it make the other person feel jubilant. It also makes the person who has done the deed feel the same way as well.

There are numerous great benefits if music didn't have a price or wasn't controlled by a label. Any artist from anywhere can collaborate with other artists with no feeling of any restraint. Music can be more artistic because, artists don't have to force out creativity in order to respect deadlines. People can discover new genres of music that were never heard before. Also with so much abundunce of tangible music, people can be more creative than ever before. Since they are millions of artists making music everyday the possiblities are perpetual.

The way to end this absurdity of the music industry, if you are an artist or in a band simply give your music out for free, because money is what gives record labels power. Giving free music requires less stress, makes you and others feel content. It'll even make you feel relieved if you weren't in a label, because you can say what ever you like, and not worry about some restriction of your material or anyone changing you to what they want you to be. So when giving free music, you can truly be yourself. If you are a fan of music, then simply go onto websites that have artists who give their music out for free. newgrounds.com has a great music community with a countless number of non-profit artists who give their music out. If you are unable to have access to the internet, then look for the local music scene in you area, attend free concerts, listen to non-profit artists and help them out. Most important of all, is stop supporting the mainstream music industry, they are only powerless when they have no one to muniplulate into purchasing their products, or attending to their events. If you know someone who wants to commericalize their music, or wants to get signed by a label, do not let them do this. Would you rather a world with music that is tangible for everyone without a price? Or would you rather a world with ludicrous prices on music that brainwashes people so it keeps humanity in the same rut for generations? It's all up to you, the power to give.

Link to listen to the speech on youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NI83Ny8 -7ss

Here's my offical site of the speech:
http://www.freethecagedmusic.webs.com


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