Here’s this week’s Friday Five.
1. Who is your favourite singer/musician? Why?
I really don’t prefer one singer or musician over another. I like songs.
2. What one singer/musician can you not stand? Why?
In general, rap singers. I don’t care for the style of music, or the message that is generally given in the songs.
3. If your favourite singer wasn’t in the music business, do you think you would still like him/her as a person?
This doesn’t really apply to me, but I think that it is often the money and fame that make the personality. So, if someone wasn’t a famous singer, I don’t know if I would like them. They would be so different it would be hard to judge. However, I’m not sure I’d want to be friends with a famous person.
4. Have you been to any concerts? If yes, who put on the best show?
I’ve been to one. It was the New Kids on the Block back when they were popular. I had great seats (11th row, centre), so it was a good concert.
5. What are your thoughts on downloading free music online vs. purchasing albums? Do you feel the RIAA is right in its pursuit to stop people from downloading free music?
I’m Canadian, so the laws are a little different. Here it is legal to download music, but it is illegal to upload it. The easy way around that is to get your music from someone who isn’t Canadian.
I do understand some of the RIAA’s reasoning. It important to support artists, and I would be willing to do so if more of the money actually went to artists. I would also be willing to buy more CDs if I could decided which songs were on it, and if the prices were lower. In Canada, one of the record companies is lowering the prices on all CDs, which is a wonderful step.
Honestly though, a lot of the songs I have, I would never buy the CD for them. But I’ve been exposed to the artist now, something I would never have been if I hadn’t downloaded their songs.