I didn’t realize I haven’t posted in a while. The summer is a somewhat slow time of the year for posts. Here’s some of the things I’ve been up to.
I’ve been trying to post a music video of sorts every couple of days. These consist essentially of still images of my sheet music with an audio recording.
The funny thing is that ever since I started posting these videos, YouTube has been pulling the advertisement from the videos and demanding that I offer proof that I own the material in the video. They refuse to answer simple questions like ‘what element of the video do you object to’ and the like. I’m kinda like the guy who builds the best sand castle in the world when nobody (including no cameras) are around. Then someone else challenges them to prove it. How? Everything I post is 100% my material. It has been nearly two months since they’ve pulled the ads from some of my videos. I’ve offered more than enough proof on all the videos, but yet they still don’t put the videos back and they refuse to communicate with me at all – not even form letters.
Somebody said that they were going to click on every ad they saw on any YouTube video and any banner ad with graphics served by Google. BUT, under NO circumstance would they ever buy anything they clicked on. Never. They say that will force Google (which owns YouTube) to pay the people hosting the ads but the advertisers would not make a sale and eventually the advertisers would pull their ads. Maybe Google/YouTube would then get the point. Of course, I can’t recommend you do that, but it does sound like a plan.
Basically YouTube is interested in catering to the large Media Corporations and show how friendly YouTube is to bigname advertisers. Their latest nonsense is making anyone who doesn’t post videos or comment on videos using their real name feel guilty. It’s too bad YouTube doesn’t care one bit about the users or about small independent artists. I don’t make much from the missing ads, but as a struggling musician, every single penny is important.
If you know anyone at YouTube, tell them to quit harassing uploaders and to monetize videos unless they have a compelling reason to believe the video shouldn’t be posted.
See my YouTube channel
I’ve made some major changes to my sheet-music catalog. EVERYTHING in the sheet music catalog is free! Just signup using the form on my home page or sheet music catalog page. I am asking for donations. You can donate here. I’d rather see this music used by people than just sit and go unused or hardly used. So, please spread the word and let people know about free sheet music.
Our recordings are now sold on iTunes, Rhapsody, Spotify, Amazon.
Where to find my recordings
There are now 5 albums available on iTunes and the other sites.
I’m still teaching piano lessons in the Micanopy area. I’m easily accessible and not too far from Gainesville, Ocala and the surrounding areas, like Citra and Williston. If you’re looking for a piano teacher and live in the area, consider the short drive to Micanopy for lessons.