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It’s become a holiday tradition. A big meal on New Year’s Eve (no parties anymore; they became brunches on New Years Day instead a few years back) and then, approximately a week later, gimlets at Mark Hummel’s Blues Harmonica Blowout (where he brings in 5 or 6 legends to play 3 or 4 songs each).
Last night, Cephas and Wiggins played. I’d never heard of them before, never heard anything by them before. And I liked them so much that I went into the lobby and bought a CD (something I rarely do at concerts, simply because after you buy the CD you have to carry it around and that can get annoying).
And it got me to wondering. Somehow, I no longer buy CDs. I don’t download music either (arguments like those propounded by Aaron Schwartz strike me as hopelessly sad and juvenile). Somehow, I’ve just completely gotten out of the habit of acquiring recorded music. And the more I think about it, the more it seems that the reason is simple: buying music has become a political act. I don’t mind the monetary price of a CD (it seems high, but not out of line with other things I sometimes buy). I just don’t want to do business with the music industry.
This isn’t breaking news or anything; we’ve all known for years that the music industry has some moral and ethical challenges in front of it.
What’s intriguing to me is how I made the decision. I don’t recall making a decision to stop buying CDs. Let alone anguishing over it. And I can’t remember the last time I even thought about buying a CD.
I just, quietly, in the back of my brain, made a decision to drop a long-standing habit when the moral overhead got too high.
At the concert, I knew who would get the money, and I knew it was a good deal for both of us. And, since I was wearing my coat with the really big pockets that can easily fit a CD, it was a no-brainer.
Do you still buy CDs?