"Bridget" composer Gary Jude Anderson (second from left, blue suit, red shirt, white tie) in the crowd at the Elvis Show 2007, Matty T's Roadhouse USA, Deer Park, LI NY
Want to support your local music scene? By far the best thing you can do, now more than ever, is to attend live shows by the artists you like. Beat Crave Dot Com makes the compelling argument:
"Possibly the best way to actively sustain indie music is going to live performances. The live experience is irreplaceable, for it allows us a deeper appreciation of the music, comparison with studio recordings, and connection with the personalities involved. Since file-sharing exists and is here to stay, it’s logical that live concerts must take on greater importance for a band’s survival. For that to happen, not only must there be more and better live acts, but we should inform ourselves of what’s happening in our area, and not miss out on the local music scene."
Steve Lawson's Blog Entry on "Changing the balance of power by consistently supporting independent musicians" builds on this by successfully folding in the concept of "buying music directly from the artist" and whittles things down to five great action items:
• Buy music that you love
• Buy it from a source as close to the artist as you can
• Talk to them
• Share the great things you find
• Blog about it
• Go to gigs and become part of the solution
Bottom line? GO OUT. SEE LIVE MUSIC. BUY CD's AT THE SHOW. HAVE FUN. SHARE THE EXPERIENCE.