7 Reasons Why You Should Do It For Free

Jonathan Bellman

Xeroxed from a postcard I saw at Stanford twenty years ago. Much of the photographic detail was lost, yet I love it dearly anyway.
Foreground: Youngish Guy, presumably a musician, haplessly trying to cover his ears and appealing for relief, with mute pathos, to the viewer.
Surrounding him: seven people, each with a different comment.
Older business/lawyer type:
“It’ll look good on your resume.”
Publicity type, with shades:
“We’ll put you in the credits!”
Catholic priest in clerical collar, piously holding a book and letting eyes go heavenward:
“It’s for a good cause.”
Sleazy Industry guy, white jacket and fedora:
“I’ll get you in with the people to know.”
Professor type, mortarboard, stroking beard:
“You’ll learn something.”
Semi-sloppy looking, rumpled disc jockey type:
“Think of the publicity…”
Disapproving older lady, clearly with More Money Than You Have:
“God gave you this give; why are you selling it?”

About jonathanbellman

Professor of Music History and Literature and Head of Academic Studies in Music at the University of Northern Colorado. Author, *The _Style Hongrois_ in the Music of Western Europe* (Northeastern University Press, 1993), *A Short Guide to Writing About Music* (2e, Longman, 2008), *Chopin's Polish Ballade: Op. 38 as Narrative of National Martyrdom* (Oxford University Press, 2010), Editor, *The Exotic in Western Music* (Northeastern University Press, 1998), author of bunches of articles and reviews and so on. Likes to play the piano, the mandolin, and even guitar sometimes. A. M. and Jo Winchester Distinguished Scholar at UNC, 2011.
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One Response to 7 Reasons Why You Should Do It For Free

  1. Elaine Fine says:

    Person commenting on blogpost quoting Keith Underwood (an old friend): It’s good for exposure, but you can die from exposure.

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