What I’ve Been Listening To: Bill Withers and Beautiful Eulogy

He didn’t use auto-tune. He used real instruments. The music is groovy and smoother than something that’s really smooth. And his lyrics are so honest that you feel for this guy.

You can’t get any more real and soulful than Mr. Withers.

In a way that only music can make possible, sad lyrics put to great music can make you happy. And that’s what Just As I Am does for me.

Bill Withers

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I grew up listening to hip-hop. And I’m talking John Reuben, DC Talk, and a little Carman. So Instruments Of Mercy by Beautiful Eulogy reminded me of my childhood in a way.

Though the music leans toward dark, the band likes to use real instruments, and the beats are more than just a simple boom-chicka-boom-boom. And unlike a lot of rap I hear, the lyrics are solid — well-thought-out and true.

It’s free on NoiseTrade right now…

Beautiful Eulogy

Are You Selling Out By Not Selling Your Music?

There is such a thing as free legal music. And there seems to be a wave of people, a community per say, that are running with the free music theory and finding success in it.

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What seems to be a driving force behind the theory is NoiseTrade.com – a place where free music is mandatory. If you as an artist want to distribute your music through NoiseTrade then it must be free. Derek Webb, the co-founder, explains the ideology:

“When you talk about free music, people who work in the music business will tell you you’ve gone too far.  They’ll say you’re devaluing the art itself, and that once you go there, there is no coming back.  I suppose I would agree if I thought that music’s only value was monetary.  But I don’t.

Music does have monetary value.  But more than its monetary value is its emotional value, its relational value, its artistic value, even its spiritual value.  When you make meaningful connections with people based on artistic self-expression, I think you’re actually increasing the value of that art based on the many ways it’s valued.”  (full post)

Illegally downloading music hurts the music industry. When you are tempted to download illegally, please look for music on websites like NoiseTrade.