Sunday, November 13, 2011

It's Their Song, Not Yours

The band known as the Smiths has not existed since 1987. In the 24 years since then, there have been many ups and downs for singer Morrissey and guitarist Johnny Marr, as well as for the other two members of the band. They have had legal differences over royalties and things of that nature; Morrissey's experiences as a solo artist have not been pleasant when it comes to getting paid what he is owed for his recordings.

Having said that, I'm not so sure that this is being done entirely for the money. The ice thawed earlier this year and the Stone Roses reformed. Once that's all said and done, is there anyone who doubts that Morrissey and Marr won't get back together? I'm sure it's in the works and I'm sure that it will be huge.

If not, oh well. The music business is very tough on artists. Not everyone ends up rich and happy. Not everyone gets paid what they are worth. Given how broken the system of rewarding and paying artists is right now, why not keep the music alive by getting it out there in an advertisement?

It's their song. It's not your song. And they are free to do whatever they want with their songs. End of story.

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