I was talking bands with one of the young people in our care here at MCH when I said something about buying songs or albums.
The youth looked at me as though I had slipped into an unknown language. Since we now live a good decade after the advent of Napster, could it be that much of a generation has never thought to actually purchase music?
As a volunteer at Glen Lake Camp this summer, I enjoyed refilling water glasses table to table at lunch.
As I moved from table to table, I made occasional jokes about working for tips. Most chuckled; one young man said, “I never leave tips. I’m poor.”
“If you can’t afford to leave a tip, then you can’t afford to eat there,” I replied. People get paid less with the expectation of tips. Don’t you think the waiter or waitress deserves to make a living?”
I got the expected “I never thought of that” look.
Musicians, artists, and waitstaff all deserve to be able to make a living, don’t they?
If you want stuff, please join me in being willing to pay for it.