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RE: MySpace Controversy

No, I wasn't joking. In fact, I was overestimating (I do make some money
from jazz gigs, but I've had exactly ONE sale of my recent Sandbox CD, and
that was at a show. The CD sale put us over the top - that plus ticket 
minus the space rental gave us a $5 profit for the evening). But I don't 
much (hardly any, really) energy into promotion. I gave up the concept of
making any real money from music many years ago, except in my dreams (I am
thinking about seriously trying to break into music library placements
through TAXI, but it is really hard to find the time to follow the program 
have in mind). 

Honestly, though, what really burns me is that I can't generally get even
get close friends and family (or loopers on this list, for that matter) to
even *listen* to my stuff for *free*. I give a CD to a friend and don't 
anything about it. 2 or 3 weeks later, I call and ask what they thought and
find out they haven't listened.

Hey, I know I don't suck *that* bad (in fact, I think I have some fairly
unique musical things to say, and from time to time I get some small
confirmations of this). But the world is absolutely innundated with new
pieces on myspace and the like, and I think everyone is exhausted by it. 
saying used to be "everyone's a critic." Now it's "everyone's an artist." I
don't promote anything, because I can't even see the point in trying.

Sorry for the downer, but I do find the situation quite depressing.

I know there are people here (Krispen and Ted come to mind immediately, but
there are no doubt quite a few others) who are much more assiduous and
persistent than I am. I truly hope that they have much more encouraging
stories to tell.

Best wishes,
Warren Sirota

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Rainer Thelonius Balthasar Straschill [mailto:rs@moinlabs.de] 
> Sent: Wednesday, June 07, 2006 7:47 AM
> To: Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com
> Subject: AW: MySpace Controversy
> > I can't see getting worked up over the possibility of them
> > somehow cutting into the profits from my $22 of annual CD sales.... 
> Just to get this into perspective for me: you were joking 
> with these $22, right? What is the actual profit you make per 
> year? Anybody else wants to share his experiences? (private 
> mail, if you don't want these figures to appear in public for 
> some reason...)
>       Rainer