Music fans, despite being more likely to be liberty-minded are not served by liberty-minded talk radio and don’t listen to radio and must be reached in other ways. A liberty music compilation is one way to reach them.
(Note: I mention Ian Freeman’s stance on music not to show him in a negative light, only to show that those are actually reasons to promote liberty-minded music on a compilation.)
You can’t have a revolution without music. I swear that was a quote, but I think it was just a different version simplification of something Emma Goldman said at a party once.
Anyhow, if you ask Ian Freeman about music on the radio, he’ll say it’s in decline. People are not listening to music on the radio as much anymore. That may be due in part that the revolutionary element of radio that introduced people to new music in the past is dying off and being taken over by corporations who are afraid to take risks and will only play the top 40. The radio industry’s idea of revolutionary now is hit songs played randomly. Music listeners tend to use their Ipods more now.
Given the amount of libertarian music out there, which according to Ian Freeman is “a dime a dozen,” music listeners are already familiar with the concept of liberty, but likely a very unrefined and severely limited understanding of it. Although there’s so much libertarian-esque music, a lot of this music is not made by actual libertarians. Given that this audience is already somewhat familiar with the ideas of liberty because libertarian music is already so prevalent, it’s imperative that we as activists reach out to them and help them to refine their concept of liberty with music by liberty-minded artists.
The reasons to not play liberty-minded music on the radio are reasons we need to find a way to promote liberty-minded music in other ways. It’s highly unlikely that these music listeners are actually going to listen to talk radio, even if they forget their Ipods one day. In general, talk radio is something that a budding liberty-minded music listen probably can’t stand. I know I can’t stand even a few minutes of Hannity or Mark Levine. It is doubtful that a music listen will tune into talk radio, especially not one who is already slightly liberty-minded.
So how do we reach these music listeners and their Ipods? Well, luckily for activists, there’s a lot of liberty-minded musicians of nearly every genre imaginable who welcome activists to use their music with attribution to promote the ideas of liberty. I have painstakingly sought out these artists and compiled songs that you can burn to CD and even designed a CD liner you can print out and fold, so you don’t even need to buy paper sleeves, just regular paper and ink.
Songs of Freedom is a great tool for activists to use, but liberty won’t promote itself. It’s imperative that this project becomes more of a multi-level marketing project. Don’t download the music just for your own listening pleasure, share it and ask the people who you share it with to share it too. Even if you can’t burn CDs, share it on facebook, twitter, email it to your friends. Given that so many music listeners use Ipods, the net is probably the best place to promote it.
Even if you don’t like the music yourself, you may know someone who will. Imagine if someone handed you the CD and you listened to it and you didn’t really like it. Would you throw it away or would you give it to someone else who may like it?