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» Friday, September 19, 2003
The Friday Five
1. Who is your favorite singer/musician? Why?
2. What one singer/musician can you not stand? Why?
Just one? Anyone with a snotty celebrity attitude or who thinks he/she can do no wrong and can be let off from crimes because they're a Big Name. And anyone who has rude or violent lyrics. Our ex-neighbors once had a stereo blaring a very explicit song about a woman masturbating and then having sex. That isn't music, it's pornography.
3. If your favorite singer wasn't in the music business, do you think you would still like him/her as a person?
Oh, yes! He's one of the sweetest, kindest people I've ever met. And he writes wonderful stories and scripts to boot.
4. Have you been to any concerts? If yes, who put on the best show?
Hm. Moody Blues. So loud I couldn't hear the music, if that makes any sense. Jimmy Buffett. Music was okay, but I only went because a friend wanted to go. Lakewood Amphetheatre (or whatever its corporate name is now) sucks big time. I prefer Chastain Park. Peter, Paul and Mary, I would say.
5. What are your thoughts on downloading free music online vs. purchasing albums? Do you feel the RIAA is right in its pursuit to stop people from dowloading free music?
Well, I'd feel better about the RIAA's self-righteous protests if the artists were the ones actually losing the money, not some suits in an office. But no, I don't think people should be downloading everything and not buying CDs; it's neither fair nor legal. It would be nice to have a site where you could just download a particular song you heard and not the whole album. I'd be willing to pay a dollar or two for a special song. My problem is, any of the music I've downloaded from WinMX or Kazaa Lite were not the sort of things the RIAA is protesting against. They're trying to prevent people from file-sharing popular new singers like Britney Spears and J-Lo and all that other trash. I'm not interested in "ho's and homeboys." When I download music I want real music like Bing Crosby or Big Band or New Age. That's all I've ever collected from file-sharing networks.
98% of what I download on .mp3 is old radio programs. Who wants J-Lo when you can have Jack Benny? (And yes, I intended the joke in that statement.