Letter to Emily White at NPR All Songs Considered.
For those of you who missed it, a recent college grad, who happens to be interning at NPR’s All Songs Considered wrote a guest blog post about not paying for music. [NPR argues it’s about not paying for albums/physical objects, but I remain unconvinced.] My dad is in the music industry - so to pay or not to pay has a pretty straightforward answer in my book: Pay. Always, always pay. If musicians sell their songs, pay for them. And if they are giving them away, pay anyway. Pay in tweets, in praise, in an email to a friend. But the answer wasn’t always clear to me, especially when Napster first came out- And I, too, am guilty of downloading music without paying for it. Not much, but I’m not proud of it. David Lowery tackles the generational divide while showing Emily why her story just doesn’t add up.