I grew up with a very strong work ethic in my family. I was also told that I could do anything I set my mind to. This instilled in me an "I can do it myself" attitude. And while that still FEELS true, I've come to realize that as an independent musician I am really dependent on people buying CD's or making a donation to make up for the losses I've been taking makin' music.
Bandwidth costs, CD-duplication, travel to Florida for the election, hosting fees are part of the equation. Another part is the amount of time it takes to be an artist. There's a reason why most artists are dirt poor - it takes a lot of time to work on the art. And there's a reason why artists are important, too.
Don't get me wrong - It's been worth every penny, to be sure. A million people have heard my song and that amazes me. But a million smiles (or tears) don't pay the rent. Being an activist is really satisfying work, AND not nearly as lucrative as my former corporate jobs.
And without having a big record company to pay me an advance and promote my music, I'm doing it all myself. To be honest, I need your help. All I'm asking for is some consideration. Even a nice note in my fanbook goes a long way.
Thanks for reading this. It was hard to write, but I'm learning that sometimes you gotta just say what's so and then let it go.