July 22nd, 2005
I have finished song #4 (well almost – what rhymes with “Optimus Prime?”), which turns out to be a classic body augmentation breakup song. Better than I thought it was going to be when I had no ideas but stupid ones. Perhaps some recording this weekend, and then I will turn my attention to the fifth and final song about artificial wombs. I may actually finish everything on time, and it might actually be good.
Speaking of my goodness, hey all you freakin downloaders, how about a buck for your old pal Coulton? I’m starting to get depressed about the number of people who download music and don’t buy or donate anything. Don’t get me wrong, I like being heard and it’s important for me to get my stuff out there. And I’m honored and thankful to everyone who likes the music enough to forward someone a link, or post on their blog, or whatever. But honestly, I’m giving up about a gig per day in downloads, First of May alone has gotten 900 hits so far this month and still no love.
I know, I know. I’m giving it away, so what do I expect? And I’m probably guilty myself of failing to donate to sites that I like. And I certainly sell more CDs than I would if I didn’t give anything away. I could start selling some of this stuff through Bitpass or something similar, but I hate all the friction that causes. Who’s going to take the time to follow a link and fill out a bunch of financial information when they just want to listen to a song? Do I have too many freebies? Am I not clear enough about appreciating compensation? Do I need to put more links to the iTunes store? A big dumb jpg of a smiling tip jar?
Anyway, I’m ready to sell out. Just tell me where to sign.