|the adventures of Amazingly Productive Roy
||[Jan. 30th, 2001|06:19 pm]
So throughout the course of last night and today, I've done an amazing amount of stuff, mostly involving writing skills of some sort. Let's see... |
I e-mailed Pain, basically begging for them to get back together, and hinting that their Austin fanbase is growing.
I e-mailed 101x, basically begging for them to give Lee and Wolfe a shot at commercial radio.
I realize that both of the above endeavors were futile, but it felt good to be "proactive". Teehee.
I finally got to work on programming some actual code at work, which means that I'm at least partially a developer now, and not just a stinkin' tester. So woohoo!
And last but not least, I wrote a brief article on Napster for the KVRX newspaper. This is a rough draft, and there's no guarantee that it will be picked, but I'm proud of myself for writing it.
Here it is:
Napster used to be a guilty pleasure for me. Don't get me wrong, I couldn't
(and can't) resist the allure of downloading damn near any song I want to
WHEN I want to, but it didn't feel exactly wholesome. But with the addition
of a cable modem, using Napster oftentimes became more convenient than just
trying to find the CD I was looking for amidst my pile of discs. However,
there was always a twinge of guilt lurking in the back of my mind. I was
taking what I wanted, but no one was getting anything in return. Even though
I knew this, my willpower was still not strong enough to overcome my lust
Lately, however, my usage of Napster has shifted greatly, along with my
viewpoint on "what it all means". When I first started using it, I whiled
away the hours acquiring every CD I had ever owned. Once that had been
accomplished, I indulged my fetishes: obscure rap gems from the 80's, lost
songs of "The Judy's", novelty music, bootlegs, etc... In the past month or
so, though, I've run out of ideas. Unchecked, my hunger for new and
interesting music continues to grow. So I turn to others. Someone mentions
Pain, and a song called "Midgets With Guns". It's a band I've never heard
of, so off I go to Napster, and within minutes I'm sampling the rockin',
horn-powered sounds of an unknown but marvelous Alabama band. The process
repeats itself over and over again, and my musical horizons are summarily
broadened. Ozma, Venus Hum, and Dinosaur Moonpark are just a few of the
bands I never would have heard if it weren't for the instant accessibility
I can only conclude that Napster is doing far more good than evil for the
independent and unknown musicians of the world. With this in mind, the
decision of Napster to start charging for its service concerns me. If the
same amount and breadth of music is available to me, then fine. I'm
personally willing to spend about 25 dollars a month to have access. If,
however, the library dwindles away to only rubber-stamped offerings from the
labels who are in on the deal, then no thanks. I fear that without everyone
in the online world being a potential contributor to the pool of sound, I
will never be able to find No Time's "Eat all the Old People" when I want
it. And that, my friends, is a true travesty.