On a recent tour of Italy, My
band was treated to a VIP tour of the Ferrari
factory in Maranello. We saw the famous design
center, the engine assembly, bodies being painted,
ladies hand-stitching upholstery, and the test
track. There are many dedicated people doing
small and large jobs, and it all comes together
to make something extremely special.
Making a record has a similar trajectory.
Songwriters toil hours to design coherent
melodies with lyrics, and then it’s up to the
musicians, audio engineers and producers,
mastering labs, artwork people, and duplication
houses to help mold the artist’s musical
vision into a thing of beauty and integrity
that can be sold to an audience.
All of this costs money, of course, and
piracy rips off the entire chain of people
involved in the process of making music. So
when you buy music, you are actually casting
a vote for an artist to make his or her
next record. You are providing artists and
their “factories” the income to finance future
musical projects. It’s really a simple choice
to continue the great tradition of American
guitar music—don’t steal it!