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Sun, 03 Oct 2004

Bewitched / Laura Fygi
Bewitched What the suits at the RIAA fail to understand, much like their movie brethren who tried to strangle home video in the days of the Betamax, is that electronic distribution is both a positive development and an inevitable one. Positive because it means more ways of sampling more kinds of music, the very product they're paid to evangelize.

A very small case in point is the album I mention here, a ten year old collection of standards sung very well by a women I'd never heard of. And if she hadn't caught my attention in ten years of standard record company promotion, odds aren't all that great of my noticing her now. Except... one night I was watching television and heard an old favorite called Will You Love Me Tomorrow. So I did what I do when a song grabs my attention: I went to the Internet. To one of those file sharing programs that make record execs want to scream and throw things. Where I found the original by The Shirelles and covers by Carole King, Roberta Flack and a bunch of others. Including, as I'm sure you've already figured out, some woman named Laura Fygi. So I downloaded a copy of Ms. Fygi's version. And liked it a lot. And that took me to the iTMS to see if they had any of her work. Which got me to this album, where I discovered a wonderful version of I Only Have Eyes For You, a song from the 30s that has been covered by everybody from Billie Holiday to Art Garfunkel. And moments later I was downloading and enjoying Laura Fygi's interpretations of these songs and a dozen others.

Gosh, do you think maybe Steve Jobs was right, that you give people a convenient way to buy music and they won't automatically try to steal it? Could the suits be wrong?

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