The Relative Minor Blues Backing Track album is now also on Bandcamp.

This will not be a full review of the Napster  streaming service.  I've been using it for about three weeks and a couple of things make it a standout in my view: Even EarPrint and payment to musicians.

First, and this is really a HUGE advantage, they not only stream the music but give you a way to improve your listening experience.  It's called Even EarPrint. Napster didn't invent it but they include it in their apps so you can use it with your existing headphones or ear buds. It allows you to take a quick hearing test to tailor the sound to fit your own hearing and the headphones you use.  You can can create multiple EarPrint profiles for different headphones and/or different users.  The EQ profile it creates is so well-tailored to your own hearing that can hear things you don't usually hear and you may be shocked at how good your headphones suddenly sound.

It's worth the 30-day free trial just to experience it.

Second, they pay musicians/artists more per stream than other streaming services. I wrote about this before and the graphic in that post gives a great comparison of the major streaming services.

Check it out!

It's always fun for a musician/songwriter when somebody is listening to your music. And getting people to listen is not an easy task, at least not in the beginning.  I'm happy to report that last week my music was streamed in 21 countries on Spotify. That's fun, not to mention encouraging.

My Relative Minor Blues Backing Tracks are now available on CDbaby.com as well as all other music streaming platforms.

It's hard to say which streaming platform is the best given that each listener has different needs.  They all have different user interfaces and some will work better for you than others.

But for musicians, producers, songwriters, and those who love them, it is important to support the services that pay artists the most.  Why stream on a platform that pays one third of a penny per stream (Spotify), or even one tenth of a penny per stream (YouTube), when you can listen to the same music on a service that pays more than one penny per stream (Napster and Tidal)?  If I like an artist don't I want them to be able to eat and keep a roof over their head? 

Check out this infographic from InformationIsBeautiful.net and you can see how the different streaming platforms compare. (click for larger)

If is unfortunate that the most popular services pay the smallest amount to the artists and the least popular pay the most to the artists.  That's good for the executives but not the musicians.  So think before you subscribe.

Remember that most platforms have a free trial period and the ability to cancel at any time.  Why not try out the ones that pay best before you choose one that believes artists should work for free like slaves?  Do you believe artists should work for free like slaves?

 

My latest release, Monotony Drone Meditation, is now available in most outlets, including Spotify and iTunes/Apple Music.

I have just released a 2-disc album called Major Betty Blues Backing Tracks.  It contains 12 bar blues backing tracks in all the major keys, at both 90 bpm and 110 bpm.

They are great for practice and improvisation and a fun way to learn the 1, 4, and 5 chords in all the major keys.  You can also practice/improvise on the scales and build your confidence and ability to voice chords in all the inversions.

The album is available in all the usual online stores  like Amazon, iTunes, cdbaby and Bandcamp.  It is also available on all major streaming platforms and YouTube.

A sample track has been uploaded to the music page on this site.

I have just released a 12-bar-blues backing track for musicians to practice and play along with.  It's in the key of E, using major chords E, A, and B.  It will soon be available on streaming.  It is currently available on CDbaby.com and Bandcamp. This track is 100 BPM.  There will be a 80 BPM version very soon.

 

Sir Elton John, a true giant and pioneer in the music industry, wishes people would write better songs.

I wish the same thing but I think that listeners drive the market more than he's acknowledging.  If people listened to better music and paid for it, the songwriters would certainly write more of it.

So the first step is to stop dumbing down the population.  And unfortunately pop culture is one of the most potent forces in dumbing down the population.

Sadly, writing smart, challenging music, can drive an audience away in record time in today's world.  It's not like it was in the 60's when Sir Elton came of musical age.

So just Stop It!

See SPOT run.

Spotify opened at $165.90 using a direct listing model, which is different from most IPOs. There were no banks underwriting the offering. The stock closed down from the high at $149.01, more than 10% below the opening price.

Insiders can also trade the stock like anybody else because there is no lockout window as with most IPOs.  That means that the early investors could sell their shares today to members of the public who choose to disregard the fact that Spotify has never turned a profit.  Last year they lost almost $500 million.

It is concerning that they lose money when they pay musicians so little per stream. How will they make a profit when forced to raise their rates?

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