Since that last entry, I've gotten a number of messages from listeners telling me how much they appreciate the webcasts. Though it's definitely nice to actually hear that from people, I should clarify that when I said "unappreciated" above, I meant by the artists, not by the fans. I never had any doubt that there were a lot of folks out there who enjoy and appreciate the webcast... I've got the bandwidth bill to prove it! If people weren't interested, people wouldn't be listening, and there are a lot more people trying to listen than we actually let in!
Not too surprisingly, most of the people who wrote me about this were people who live in the middle of nowhere: I guess the internet would have to play a much larger role in music discovery for people who aren't in or near large cities.
One guy said that his usual technique is to try and write down any lyrics he hears of songs he likes, then feed those into a search engine to find out what the song is. He said: "I figure you have sold me over $500 worth of CD's this year, yet you have to pay to sell me that and you don't get a commission? What the hell is this world coming to?"
A few people suggested setting up some kind of online "tip jar" to take donations for the webcast. That might be worth looking into, but I have my doubts about it; nobody ever pays for shareware. I'm also not sure of the ASCAP implications: if our web site changes from zero revenue to a tiny bit of revenue, are they going to expect us to pay more? I think they might, but I no longer remember how their rules work.
One guy had a suggestion I really like, which is that we put a suggestion on the webcast page that people contact the band to let them know that the webcast is appreciated, and that it provides them with exposure to a wider audience. Maybe if more artists were hearing feedback like that, they'd be less worried.
Anyway, on to current events.
Last week some doofus threw up over the bar. It was very early in the evening, he did a shot, then dove forward to yakk right in the well ("the well" is the part of the backside of the bar where the ice and cheap liquor lives.) Now our bars are pretty deep, you've got to really work at it to reach all the way over like that! Amazing. He bolted out of the room before we could have him tossed out, but that happened a few hours later.