07 September 2006

Free Music That Might Make You Mad

Derek Webb, a musician who used to be with the band Caedmon's Call, is giving away his music for free here.

Webb has challenged me to think about what I really believe and why I believe it and he has challenged me to think about my political and spiritual views and why I've often gotten the two mixed-up where I put certain things in places where they shouldn't be in my worldview. If you have broadband and a bit of patience (and five friends' email addresses), you can get the album for free. If you like it, you are encouraged to give the $10 you might've spent on the album to one of three very worthy charity.

Webb explains his reasoning for giving away his livlihood below:
i love music. i have grown up with music as a close confidant. and i believe in the power of music to move people. there's something remarkable about the way a melody can soften someone to a new idea.

as an artist (and often an agitator), this is something i am keenly aware of. my most recent record 'mockingbird' deals with many sensitive issues including poverty, war, and the basic ethics by which we live and deal with others. but i found that music has been an exceptional means by which to get this potentially difficult conversation going. and this is certainly an important moment for dialogue amongst people who disagree about how to best love and take care of people, to get into the nuances of the issues.

one of the things that excites me most about the future of our business is how easy it is becoming to deliver music to people who want to hear it. i heard a story once about keith green caring so much that people were able to hear and engage with his music that he gave it away for free, which was a very difficult and expensive thing to do at that time. it's actually never been as simple as it is today to connect music with music fans. and i want people to have a chance to listen to mockingbird and engage in the conversation.

so this is why, on september 1st, we're launching freederekwebb.com, a place where anyone can go online and not just hear but actually download, keep, and share 'mockingbird' completely for free. In addition, freederekwebb.com will give you an opportunity to invite your friends to download 'mockingbird' in order to get them in on the conversation as well.

we hope this bold campaign will provide a jumping off point for conversations about all of these issues, and communicate my commitment to playing my part in starting them. so please help us spread the word: on september 1st, 'mockingbird' will be set free!

derek webb

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