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Music On the Cheapskate - Riffs and Licks
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Music On the Cheapskate
The New York Times published a disgraceful and very short-sighted article in Friday's paper, describing how to see live music in the city without paying for it. The writer visited great NYC music spots, clubs that I've seen both good friends and great stars in -- the Rodeo Bar, the old-time jam at Freddy's Bar and Backroom here in Brooklyn, Hill Country -- and proudly says that he spent only $30 for 27 sets of music at 22 clubs. "Waitresses and tip jars can be avoided, if you can bear the guilt," he says.

Read that again. This miserable little tightwad is proud of the fact that he sat down in a club whose owners are probably working their asses off trying to keep their heads above water, and are booking live bands out of the love of it, because they could make a lot more money hiring a DJ or installing a karaoke system. And he's proud of the fact that he makes their lives a little harder, and makes it a little more possible they'll give up and close down and we'll lose another live music venue.

And he talks up all these great local bands, great local musicians who are playing for the love of it and hoping that the tip bucket covers a cab ride home so they don't have to haul two guitars and an amplifier on the subway, and he's proud that he didn't put any money in. I wonder how all those musicians felt reading that article in Friday's paper?

If enough people follow his advice, there will be no music to see in the city. As it is, I've lost count of the great live music venues that have closed down. I wonder if he got paid for his article, or if the Times has figured out how to stiff writers out of their checks?

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rosefox From: rosefox Date: December 15th, 2007 07:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm guessing that the sentence "They all deserve to make a living of course" was added by an editor, as the article's author seems to think nothing of the sort.
steelbrassnwood From: steelbrassnwood Date: December 15th, 2007 09:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Right. Either that or he meant, "They all deserve to make a living of course, but preferably other people should provide it."
From: egretplume Date: December 15th, 2007 08:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I didn't read the article when I first saw it for fear of NYTimes-nausea, but now I have read it and could not agree with you more. I would also love to see the Times do a similar write-up on how to move to the better seats at intermission at the Metropolitan Opera, etc. Because when it's hundreds of dollars to hear music, that's sacred and valuable, but when it's eight bucks, you should try to hide and get out of paying. You should forward your post as a letter to the editor.
steelbrassnwood From: steelbrassnwood Date: December 15th, 2007 09:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Exactly! I did write a letter to the editor, though it was much more concise than my post.
schmidtybooger From: schmidtybooger Date: December 16th, 2007 02:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
That is just appalling. I'm thinking a strongly worded letter to the editor is in order.
rednoodlealien From: rednoodlealien Date: December 16th, 2007 05:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
I hate cheapskates. I understand there are people in this society who can hardly afford heat, shelter, and food. But once you've got the basics covered, what the hell is so important that you're going to do with that eight bucks you didn't give to the bar you just spent all evening at? What is SO freaking important? You're probably going to rent two videos and buy a freaking bag of corn chips.
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