“I’d rather be a forest than a street. Yes I would, if I could, I surely would.”
— Paul Simon, El Condor Pasa
In the spirit of this song, which I interpret as the freedom to be one’s most natural self, I propose “Song Space” — a Word Press blog tailored for would-be and actual composers, songwriters, and musicians of all stripes that provides an embedded mp3 player and automatically available online storage space for uploading infinite amounts of audio. Cost to the user: a flat, one-time $50 fee.
Today, Word Press charges from $20 to $289.97 a year for extra space to upload audio. The so-called “Space Upgrade” provides an extra 5, 15, 25, 50, or 100 gigabytes of storage space. The higher-end fees are out-of-sight for average working stiffs and starving musicians, but can be minimized to entice more users. If Word Press provides this expandable space upgrade as a built-in feature for all users who sign onto Song Space, it’s one-size fits all blog will pay for itself as more people sign on. Being charged pricey annual fees for various degrees of use is a hassle.
Why would Word Press want to provide dedicated, music-related blogs in one web cloud and charge less than what they’re charging now? Because as the offering exists now, the user who chooses to spend money on space for audio is random. But Song Space would attract like writers and performers, producers and promoters. The Song Space Word Press option could come with a library of users, if users opted in for that, so these like minds could find one another readily.
Musicians are notorious for word-of-mouth promotion. Song Space would definitely “get around” as a go-to tool for the musical set.