If you're even remotely interested in news - or the world around you - then you know we're all in some deep financial poop. It doesn't matter your location in the world - the economy basically sucks everywhere.
Next to the stock reports on cable news are stories of average people giving up major luxuries...and life's little pleasures. On CNN.com, people are leaving messages about giving up things like vacations and dining out. Most also mention music downloads.
Someone over on Metal Sludge started a thread along the lines of "Can Chinese Democracy Save the Economy?" Obviously, this person was being sarcastic - but the thread is actually steeped in truth. The amount of comments on yesterday's article tells me there's still a big interest in Guns n' Roses - even if it's just to stop and watch the band like a bad car crash.
The point is this: Chinese Democracy is so highly anticipated, it will likely sell a lot of copies - even though we're all going through an economic downturn. A lot of us are lucky: a ten dollar CD isn't going to be the difference between making the mortgage or filing for bankruptcy. Still - no matter how we feel - music is not a necessity of life.
Things are going to get really bad for the already ailing music industry.
Yesterday, people commented about wanting to know the quality of songs before buying a CD. While I like discovering the B-sides, I'll agree I'm sick and tired of spending money on albums that are generally crap. No, ten bucks isn't much - but that amount over and over adds up. So, while I won't be giving up things like my morning coffee or downloads - I do plan on being a little smarter with my cash.
It will be interesting to see how concerts fare in the coming months. AC/DC are already doing well - for now. As the months wear on, I fully expect ticket sales to drop - even for major legacy acts. Festivals may hurt also. It just depends on economics - and our disposable income.
You may think it's free (not counting my time) to run Bring Back Glam! - that is very incorrect. More traffic = an increased need for bandwidth to handle the load. I "rent" server space. No, I'm not giving up BBG! because the economy is crap - but I do think all of us have the impression of "hurt" because we've got so many extra expenses unheard of even a decade ago. Such expenses add up. Then there's the basic principle that albums cost more, T-shirts cost more, tickets cost more. You get the idea. And none of these things are required for life.
For my money - I'll give up other things before I cut music related expenses. I've already accepted the fact that I probably won't be able to go on four music related vacations next year, buy new clothes or get pedicures - but that doesn't mean I can't have new albums.
What will you sacrifice to save your music habit?