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Max Gainey / Blog

Do you remember CDs?

I sold my CD collection. Over the last several months I loaded my CDs on my computer, edited out the weak cuts, and burned my own CDs of the distilled collection of songs. Then I boxed up my CDs and took them down to the used CD/DVD/game store and sold them. I remember doing the same thing with my record albums (how many years ago was it?!) When I got a CD player and started buying CDs. Before I got rid of my albums I made cassette mixtapes of all the best songs. One major difference this time around is I won't be replacing my collection the way I replaced many of my albums with CD versions of the same thing. Those were the glory days for the record companies when we all bought our music collections over again on CD. I wonder if the opposite is happening now? Everyone is getting rid of their CDs but there's no need to buy replacements. But that's fitting for our era when most of us don't have money to spend even on something as important as our music. Still, I'm enjoying the old songs and discovering new artists as much or maybe more than ever. I'm not just listening to the tunes, I'm creating my own. I'm not just reading about musicians, I'm involved with them online. I'm not just sharing my interest with a few like-minded buddies, I'm reaching out to everyone who wants to join in. The CD is dead, long live the music.

Welcome to the Music Biz 2.0

You know all that stuff in the books about writing hit songs, getting a publisher, and signing a record deal? Well screw that! That just leads to cookie cutter songs written while you try to figure out why you're such a loser and everybody else gets a break. I say let's write some real songs that express what we really think and how we honestly feel. Then let's take'em and just get them out there so they can start their own lives, acquainting themselves with others, and taking us along for a good time.