This is my music journal and this entry will act as my introduction I suppose you could call it. This journal was created out of my love for music and also to divert traffic from my personal journal. The music posts there have drawn a larger than expected and wanted crowd. I think it will be nice to have a journal for music only.
This is a personal journal and not a community. I love music and have quite a collection. It isn't often while sitting at the computer or doing whatever that I am not listening to music. My taste in music is quite diverse to say the least. If you look at my Last.fm you'll see this. Right now I am listening to a lot of Regina Spektor and Joe Stampley.
The purpose of the journal will be just a place to share with others my interest in music and that related to music, and maybe make a few new friends. This journal will be updated whenever I have something useful to post and you may want to be on the friends list to have access to the 'friends only' posts.
The title for this journal was a very creative effort on my part lol It was taken from an album and song 'Music Makes My Day' (UK) by Olivia Newton-John in 1973. The album was 'Let Me Be There' in Australia and to further complicate things, not the same 'Let Me Be There' as released in the U.S. Regardless, I have a copy of 'Music Makes My Day' and love it. The album was rereleased in 1994 on CD. You can have a couple of songs from the album. Rosewater is a beautiful song.
Album: Music Makes My Day
Bitrate: CBR/320 Kbps
Codec: MPEG 1 Layer III/LAME 3.97
We've now made it to the subject of file sharing. Specifically music sharing, copyrights, piracy and fair use. It's my opinion that I may share with and allow you to listen to what I am listening to. I seldom share full albums with anyone other than friends, but you never know. I share what I think is good music or what may be hard to find. I also encourage you to buy the music if you can. I buy 'most' of my music.
I believe in the United States I have a right to decrypt, rip, encode and share. Encryption is for security and privacy purposes, not for 'restricting' the use of music and movies, or software. This is an abuse of the technology.
Taking a political turn here for a moment. I live in the United States of America. I not only oppose our participation in the United Nations and it's child organization, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), I oppose their existence. No foreign entity or organization has a right to pass laws in the U.S. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) came about as a result of the demands of the WIPO. The DMCA gives corporations rights above individuals which clearly goes against our Constitution in the United States. There is of course a lot more to this, including the RIAA, MPAA and public file sharing, but I'll leave it at this for now.
Yes, I have radical political beliefs, but this journal is about music, not politics, so ... back to the music.
We live in the 'digital age' now where we can buy, download and listen to music on our computers or portable music players. I can now store and move music from one device to another on a small card (I have a 1 GB SD card). They have larger capacity cards and various small USB drives available. You can store hours of music on these small storage devices. High speed Internet has enabled us to quickly moves files to and from almost anywhere with ease. Sharing music is nothing new though. The only thing that has changed is the means by which we share now. There was no Internet when I was a teen back in the seventies, but still we managed. Cassette tapes were popular and one could easily record or dub from the radio, TV, record player or tape player and pass copies along to friends. A little slower and the quality wasn't as good (poor input quality/source, poor equipment and degeneration), but it worked, and we were happy with it. I rarely see a cassette tape anymore, but Radio Shack used to have a whole rack of them and I always had a good stock of them at home and always ready to record whatever. Huh, I wonder how many 60 or 90 minute cassettes it would take to hold the gigabytes of music I have now? :)
On the subject of digital technology. I love this technology, but in regard to music I think we have begun to overstep perfection. Sometimes music is too perfect and digitally remastering older albums and tracks takes away from the original sound we want to hear again. I have a lot of old vinyl rips I love to listen to.
Buy the music
Please support the artists by purchasing their music and going to see their shows. Although I don't get a chance much anymore to go out, I love and am a supporter of 'live music'. While it isn't possible to buy every album from every artist you like, try to support the artists by buying their music when you can. There are many places on the Internet where you can buy indivual songs.
I am really turned off by the mainstream corporate music world. It will be one of my challenges and goals with this journal to seek out more Indie artists. There is so much music out there it seems impossible to even begin browsing through it all.
Feel free to friend me if we have similar music tastes. If we have other interests or whatever in common you can friend me in my personal journal.
- Current Mood: tired
- Current Music:Joe Stampley & Moe Bandy - Just Good Ol' Boys