a kid is gifted cash on a birthday instead of the album itself because Mom & Dad feel that perhaps their choice in music isn't necessarily something that their child will enjoy.
Perhaps he's going through a rebellion phase, or maybe billy holiday just isn't his cup of tea. Therefor cash is given as a substituted gift instead of the actual present itself. I do not blame the parents for taking perhaps "the easy way out", they would rather the money be spent on something the kid actually enjoys- instead of having an album sit in the corner gathering dust out of respect.
The cash traded hands, thus trading ownership. Therefor, hereby, and thus unto him- he selects the album of his choice
-hopefully profiting someone who "deserves
In my opinion, the parents Should
take a more active role in their childs music tastes and points of spenditure- growing and learning more about their child in the process....but you know- nuclear families, the internet, television..blah... blah.... blah...etc...etc..etc.
We can only hope to be educated enough to know that there are so many more artists outside the box, than in.
And To the other point-
Aesop Rock and Nike. Nike paid Mr. Rock for use of one of his instrumentals in one of their commercials. I know many people who are on both sides of the fence here- throwing dynamite at each other over this issue. If you are aware of Mr. Rock, then you are aware of the conflicted nature of this anti-corporate persona taking money from a Very corporate company -for use of his still
, very anti-corporate music.
I say go for it, personally. If a company such as Nike would like to inadvertently pay Me to spread my own anti-corporate propaganda, -no strings- yes, i believe I would do it. This agreement would not include sporting their goods, appearing in their commercials, or performing on the backs of laborers. And by letting them use my music, -the music itself has the potential to reach and even larger fan base through
nike- a fan base that could potentially listen to what I really
have to say
-which leaves the listener with a choice of the the possibility of saying "Yeah! Fuck Nike!" all together, and Smashing the Smoke & Mirror Concept that they so desperately hold on to.
"Nike" and Aesop Rock just being the example.
Though the money has been bloodied, I believe there is
a way to make it clean again.
We CAN take it back.
But then again, i can be an optimist.
I Love these discussions. Rawk On! -