Artist’s Lament (Streaming Sweatshops) – original song about the music business


“Artist’s Lament (Streaming Sweatshops)” is a country music / folk song about the current state of the music industry…streaming is replacing sales and pays very little while downloads and cd sales are dropping rapidly (12% last year and 14% this year so far), and there are very few venues to play in compared to just a decade ago. So…the opportunities to make money in this biz are drying up for artists.

People say that we should be happy to be streamed by companies like Pandora and Spotify, it provides an audience. The audience no longer wants to buy music they can stream for free.

People say we should make our money playing live shows….but places that have live music are closing at an alarming rate.

If I cover a song, copyright law requires that I pay $0.091 for every cd or download I sell, to the songwriter/publisher.

When I cover a song, and it is streamed on Pandora, Spotify, or their competitors, I must pay one-penny per stream, so it will cost me $10,000 in royalty payments to the original songwriter/publisher.

When Pandora plays/streams a song, whether it is an original or a cover song, they pay a fraction of one-penny to all involved…that includes the cover-artist, the songwriter and publisher.

That means if I have a hit on Pandora or Spotify, I will lose money every time it plays, and since those people already have all the music they want in streaming format, they aren’t going to turn around and pay to download it or buy a cd.

So, the new streaming business makes money off the artists (just like the old music business), there are few places to play live, and sales are dropping because people feel they are entitled to free or almost free music….doesn’t leave much room for most artists to make a living.

Please listen and then download this song, and pass it along to your friends. I would sure appreciate it! Thank you! Rick

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New Album of Original Songs: I’ll Be Back (Back With the Jack) by Rick McCargar

New Album of Original Songs: I’ll Be Back (Back With the Jack) by Rick McCargar!

UPDATE: Thank you for the support. The album release is going very well! Truly appreciated!

Click on the image to download any of the songs, or the full five-song EP from CD Baby (best deal for the artist) or from iTunes, and thank you for your support!
 

 

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The album “Back With the Jack” is a combination of Frank Zappa 1970’s swirling flanger style ironic parody in “Back WIth the Jack” about a trailer park party that ran out of Jack Daniel’s; a love song about how people affect our lives with the things “They Say”; “You Gotta Get Up and Riot! is a song that protests the NSA surveillance state; while “Streaming Sweatshops” points out that recording industry companies are again cheating artist’s in royalty payments; and I included an alternate take with megaphone vocals for “Back With the Jack”.

Hope you think about a couple of them, and enjoy them all.

Thank you for listening, and feel free to drop me a note if you liked these songs, or have a request.

Peace, Rick.

released 25 July 2014

copyright 2014 Richard H. McCargar

If you made it this far, here’s a bonus, a sneak preview of a couple of new songs that you can stream on rdio.com and music.xbox.com They’ll all be available sometime later in the week of August 25th. Thanks for your support! Rick

You can buy the album on cd baby, and it’s the best deal for the artist (in this case…me)! Thank you!

Click on the image below to go to cdbaby to buy a song or the full EP.

 

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Allman Brothers – Jessica guitar solo lesson half-speed with tab

Learn to play the guitar solo from the Allman Brothers Band classic hit “Jessica” by Dickey Betts with a video demonstration at half-speed and guitar tab that you can view below.
 
Note: As of July 23rd, 2014, tab is no longer free.
To download all the tab I’ve written, including for this lesson, buy and download any of my songs from iTunes, email a copy of your receipt to guitarlicksandtabs@gmail.com, and I will provide a link for you to access and download the tab.

That is a great deal for you, and it helps my songs get visibility on iTunes. We all win.

Thank you for your support!
Rick
 
iTunes links:
Hot Burrito #1 – Rick McCargar

The Remains – Single – Rick McCargar

I’ll Be Back – Single – Rick McCargar

Artist’s Lament – Single – Rick McCargar

They Say (You Set Me Free) – Rick McCargar
 

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