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Old Lady Russell is confused

Dave Matthews BandNow called Dad Rock released their new album last month! Hooray! And I like it! Hooray! I previewed it extensively by streaming it through Amazon Music and said, “Hey, Kim. BUY THAT ALBUM.” The iTunes store has the album for $11.99.

Here’s Amazon’s price listing:

  • $0 if I continue to stream it on my computer, or phone, or Amazon device via Amazon Music. I can take this music anywhere I want for free.
  • $11.99 for the MP3s, which is right on par with iTunes.
  • $9.35 for the actual CD, which has to be manufactured, plucked out of a warehouse, put in a package, put in someone’s car or truck and driven to my house. But the shipping is free.
  • $4.69+ if I buy it from some other GenX Old, who bought it just to rip it onto their player of choice and is smartly trying to recoup some money. But I’ll have to pay shipping, which brings it above Amazon’s price.
  • $18.96 if I buy it on vinyl, where I can only listen to it in the room that has the turntable, while praying that a dog doesn’t slam into the bookcase and cause it to scratch/skip because while vinyl sounds great, it is neither portable nor durable. I know this because I grew up with vinyl. Ask me about my scratched-up Make it Big album because when they sang “Jitterbug” on Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go, they should have said “but not while listening to vinyl because your jumping will TEAR IT UP.

But DMB put the whole album on Youtube, so even if I didn’t have the Amazon Music subscription, I could listen to it for free.

(breaks out the TABLE tags)

Best options for:
The environment:My wallet:If I cared about literally owning the music:If it was still 1978:
Listen for free
Buy the MP3s
Listen for free
Buy a CD
Buy a CDBuy vinyl

Sooo… I’ll continue to listen for free until the music disappears from there and then if I still love the album, I’ll buy a CD.

I don’t understand commerce anymore. Feel free to commerce-splain to me below.

whatever tears at us

Hey my friend
It seems your eyes are troubled
Care to share your time with me
Would you say you’re feeling low and so
A good idea would be to get it off your mind

See you and me
Have a better time than most can dream
Have it better than the best
So we can pull on through
Whatever tears at us
Whatever holds us down
And if nothing can be done
We’ll make the best of what’s around

Turns out not where but who you’re with
That really matters
And hurts not much when you’re around
And if you hold on tight
To what you think is your thing
You may find you’re missing all the rest

Well she ran up into the light surprised
Her arms are open
Her mind’s eye is

Seeing things from a
Better side than most can dream
On a clearer road I feel
Oh you could say she’s safe
Whatever tears at her
Whatever holds her down
And if nothing can be done
She’ll make the best of what’s around

Turns out not where but what you think
That really matters
We’ll make the best of what’s around

Best of What’s Around” – Dave Matthews Band

(apologies to DMB for the lyrics repost. If Dave Matthews has troubles with this, he can send me an email and maybe…y’know…we can do dinner and chat about it??)

Out of deference to BvP, I’m keeping most of the divorce talk to a minimum. But my goodness, this is turning into quite a speedy process.

Downloaded Christina Aguilera’s Back to Basics this morning from iTunes. I am SO looking forward to listening to this!

Say Goodbye

Dear Dave Matthews Band,

Wow. I’ve been your willing audio slave for over 4 years now. Imagine that! We’ve been through 4 concerts and countless new CDs. You release a CD every few months now — most of them live shows in places way cooler than Camden, NJ. And that’s great.

But lately…I dunno…I’m starting to feel a bit used. Like you take it forgranted that I’m going to buy every live CD that you do. I got the “Red Rocks” one for Christmas. And it was fantastic (esp “Hunger for the Great Light” — you know how I feel about that one). But it seemed comfortable…too comfortable.

Anyway, what I’m trying to say is that I think I want to start seeing other bands. I…um….met some Barenaked Ladies music over the last few weeks. And I had a fun time listening to them. They’re pretty cool, and I hear they do great live shows too.

But I still want to be friends and even see you regularly. Just not exclusively. I hope you’ll understand.

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