This has absolutely nothing to do with motherhood, schedules or homemade bread. But it is something that comes up regularly in my week, so I thought I would share it. That way, if any of you are sound hounds like me, you might appreciate a way to expand your music library. For free.
While I couldn’t chase a mouse around the Mac OS (did I even call it the right name?!!) I love my iGadgets – iPod, iPad, iPhone – and I tip my hat to Apple.
This, I fear, makes my dad crazy. He is a die-hard Windows/PC/Microsoft man. I mean, to the death. I am actually amazed that he allows apples in the refrigerator. He and I share a love of music – though he prefers to share less of mine than I do of his. He bought me an MP3 player one year and I struggled with making the palm-sized gadget play what I wanted to hear. Several months later I got an iPod. When I showed it to my dad, emphasizing how easy-peasy it was to operate and how much music it could hold, he looked betrayed. He gave it a “hmpfff!”, announced that any MP3 player can do the same thing and walked off. I swear, you would think I had voted Democrat.
(I’ve done that too, by the way, but only to keep the KKK out of office many moons ago. Who knows what we’ve elected by now…but don’t EVEN get me started on politics. Party-blind, I could slap ‘em all while simultaneously asking, “Son, what would your momma say??!!!”)
*Ahem.* Daddy, if you’re reading this, just head straight to the ER. I’ll meet you there.
Oh, goodness. Let’s get back to the music, shall we??
If you are not opposed to Apple products, then you can get some great music for free on Tuesdays. Yes, Tuesdays. And you thought that was just a boring day in the middle of the week, didn’t you? Not anymore, my friend! You’re actually not limited to Tuesdays alone – that’s just the day of the week that new stuff hits iTunes and Starbucks. Free downloads, starting with a new batch every Tuesday. Music you’ve never heard of. Some, you have. But it’s all new and it’s all good.
Well, most of it is. There has been the occasional download that left me scratching my head and looking for the delete key. But for the most part, the weekly freebies are pretty cool, and can move you into areas of music you might not have been prone to listen to before.
Like Willie Nelson paired up with Wynton Marsalis for some toe-tapping blues. Or Elton John and Leon Russell together. Some Sia, some Band of Elephants and some Badly Drawn Boy. Jakob Dylan and Passafire.
I said the same thing. It’s reggae. Yah, mon!
If you find yourself near a Starbucks, stop in and grab a Pick of the Week – a little wallet-size card that gives you an iTunes redemption code on whatever music they’re promoting that week. I’ve gotten some good tunes that way. So, say what you want to about Starbucks and their over-priced coffee…The. Music. Is. FREE! (Not the CDs. Don’t go postal on any poor baristas because the Purpose Driven Mom told you all the music is free. The CDs cost money. The little paper card with one song name – THAT’s free.)
Geez, disclaimers are tricky business, no?
Anyhoo…leave it to me to make my public service announcement about saving money on music. Some days just wind me a different direction. 😉