Site launch & Free MP3s
I've been thinking for some time now that my 'glass armonica' site really should be just about the armonica. (Namely GlassArmonica.com.) And a separate site about my musical activities. (Namely this one—“WilliamZeitler.com.)
And I'm becoming increasingly bothered by what seems to me a ruthless obsession with the 'almighty dollar' even in the music field (and entertainment in general). Record companies suing their own fans, for crying out loud! Gotta squeeze out every last cent. (Not the artists, however, the record companies. And when the RIAA sues fans, do you think the artist sees any of that fine or settlement?)
Mind you, I have bills to pay too. But if I were interested simply in the "dollar über alles", music would hardly be the field to choose.
I'm also thinking about all the times I've been out playing, with a sales table, and frequently I was by myself. Meaning I'd sometimes have to leave the sales table unattended while I played or answered the call of Nature. And in many many hundreds of gigs, and many 10s of thousands of CDs mostly sold at live gigs, I've been ripped off only a few times. Most people, methinks, are actually rather honest. Or at least my fans are!!
So, I want to try something different. How about—all my MP3s are FREE! (and obviously not copy protected or any of that horse manure). With a 'donate' button. If my music makes your life better, send a little moolah my way so I can continue to make more music for you.
(Obviously I have to charge for CDs as I have to pay to have them manufactured.)
Any rate, let me know what you think.