The new Laura Veirs album arrived at our door today. I have it on the turntable now and would be listening more carefully, but I'm stuck on this thought that it's a good thing to buy art. You should go buy some.
Laura Veirs is good. She's not everyone's cup of tea, but Neko Case and Sufjan Stevens both think she's worth playing alongside. Don't even start to argue with Neko or Sufjan. I love her stuff and know she's not a multi-millionaire. Streaming the whole album nets her about two cents and that's too little to pay for art. I bought the album because I love listening to music on the turntable and because I want to support artists whose work I love. It's the same reason I bought Austin Kleon's books and the new album by The Bad Plus. I want these people to keep making art I enjoy. Paying them is worthwhile.
It doesn't cost much. I spend a lot of money on music because I'm obsessed, but I still probably spend more on bourbon. And it's not as though I buy everything I listen to. I have a streaming service and will play the Veirs album there so she makes a bit more money, but when artists I like release new stuff, I buy the vinyl and try to see their shows.
There's probably more to say about this, but I really want to follow along as she sings side two. This album is good. Go buy some music, a book, or other art and show artists some love. Do it now.