Please bear with me. I’m so incredibly frustrated with YouTube, who has apparently been blackmailed by an alphabet soup of several music conglomerates into blocking music videos (amateur and otherwise) from being posted on lowly, unpopular blogs and most likely a lot of other websites. This seems so unproductive and so non-businesslike, and what word am I searching for here, for crying out loud? It’s a bad business decision, I think, because even a small amount of exposure is still exposure. I put videos up for fun, because they’re what I felt or discovered at the time I was writing the post. Hopefully the static picture of them (the standard YouTube still-shot with description and play arrow) doesn’t take too long for blog visitors to download, and if a reader thinks the video or song or artist looks interesting, they can click or not click. Quite simple and shouldn’t be all that obtrusive. But several companies don’t allow it any more. Several (maddeningly) allowed some song videos I had up here for a while to stay, then blocked them. I went back a few months and amended anything that was blocked, but it’s a lot of trouble over nothing. I would rather have had a friend say, “I like some of your videos but they slow down the loading of your website and don’t add enough to the content to be worth the slowdown” or some such comment, rather than have these greed-heads block the videos. I’ve seen it happen on other folks’ blogs also. It sucks, and it’s so wrongheaded on the part of the music conglomerates. Maybe WordPress and YouTube will sign an agreement and it’ll be allowed again. Meantime I’m just experimenting with a couple songs that are still allowed from last November or so, to see if some ABC or XYG music conglomerate’s computer has somehow missed some older ones, or what the hell.
Ralph Stanley “Oh Death”, maybe:
Alison Krauss “Ghost in this House”, maybe: