I don't know if you remember be. It's been a long time since we've
talked. I'm your customer.
I'm one of the bustling consumers that has for many years spent
thousands and thousands of hard earned dollars on your product.
I'm such a loyal customer that I've bought some of your products
many times over either because I've lost them and couldn't live
without them, or because you came up with an extra value added
feature, or even because you claimed that you improved them -
even if you didn't.
In some ways,
I guess you could say I'm a sucker. But because people like me
are out here, you make money.
I have a
little confession to make, though. You may find this shocking,
but I have heard some music that you haven't "officially" released.
While I realize this makes us a little less exclusive, I hope
you understand that it doesn't mean we are over. There are just
some things you haven't been able to give me, but I will always
be a loyal customer.
in a confessing mood, there are some other things I should get
off my chest. Back when my car had a cassette deck, I used to
copy my records and CDs onto blank tapes to play in it instead
of buying pre-recorded ones. Again, I know that's not what you
had in mind but I really have been a great customer. And it wasn't
really very many.
My new car
has a CD player. But... my auto insurance doesn't cover theft
of my CDs so I made duplicates on CDRs so that my discs, especially
the rare ones, can stay protected at home. I'm sure you agree
that this is fair, since I really DID buy the music. If not, I'm
very sorry. I didn't mean to hurt you.
whole other conversation we need to have at some point also. I'm
not sure exactly how you feel about it - I got an Ipod. Given
some of your feelings in the past, I'm not sure whether it's okay
to copy my 1500 or so legally purchased CDs into it, or whether
you'd like me to purchase newly downloaded files. I think I know
what you're going to say, but like I said - we gotta talk.
reason I felt urgently that I needed to write you at this time
is that I'm feeling a little unappreciated. This relationship
is starting to feel a little one-sided.
When we started
off, things were great. It seemed like we had so much to offer
one another. I had my money that you wanted and you had lots and
lots of music that I wanted to hear. It was good music, and it
sounded good too. It's not that you didn't cut corners or play
around at times - it's okay... I understand. No relationship is
perfect and I knew you were going to cheat a little from time
to time. After all, you're just an industry. And, as I've just
confessed, I've had my faults too.
you've been, like, so - stuck up or whatever. Like, SO superior.
After everything we've done together, you've called the cops on
me. You SUED me? That is SO lame! We've got history, baby - how
could you play me like that?
like you think you can do better or something. Yeah, whatever!
Well you know what - you're not so hot!
I know you
think you're all that and bag of chips - but you ain't all that!
You're not the same as you used to be. Like what's with your sound
now? Why you gotta be all loud all the time? And how come you
don't sing like you used to? Everything sounds the same now -
you've gotten like static so that I don't listen to anything you
do anymore. It's all like blah, blah, blah! It's like so soulless
and boring - I feel like I don't even know you anymore!
I just need
to compose myself here - I wanna say this once and I wanna say
it right. I don't want no regrets.
have to start showing me some more love.
I mean it!
Enough of these cookie cutter boy bands, and crappy records by
whatever rapper/actor you can dig up. I want some real music.
And I want you to really try and sell it. I know there's always
gonna be some crap, but you gotta cut back - you've REALLY let
yourself go! And another thing, stop trying to make our GOOD music
sound bad! I swear, at times I wonder if you'd paint a moustache
on the Mona Lisa! These damn things sound like fingernails on
a chalkboard - are you deaf? Or do you just think we all are?
Turn down the damn volume!
on this kick, I've got some specific demands:
No more Tupac
No more Steely
have to reunite Jellyfish.
I don't like
the fixed tambourine in "Day Tripper" on Beatles 1 - it confuses
- I gotta have at least Headquarter and Pisces deluxe. Gotta.
vinyl - it's what your real customers want.
Ford and Weird Ed back in the Black Crowes.
Buy up every
last dual disc, and destroy it. That not a format, it's BULLS**T.
remaster have to be released as SACD domestically. Otherwise,
what's the point!
there's more, but that's all I can think of right now.
Now, I don't
wanna hear you talk about how you're gonna change. Heard it before.
I need action. You don't shape up, and I'm outta here.
I got plenty
of music already, and I can always remember the good times. But
you're acting like we don't have a future. And if that's that,
so be it! That's not what I want, but I'm gonna do what I gotta
is not an idle threat - just ask radio.