Sometimes I have crazy insomniac ideas in the middle of the night. Like making a "Susie Ringtone."
I was reading about the recent SXSW conference, and how musicians are making a living with their talent. We know the recording industry has melted like the Wicked Witch of the West under a hot bucket. So musicians are touring their tuchises off, and selling fan merchandise, such as ringtones. People note that ringtones cost a lot for a few seconds of sound, yet they sell better these days than many other aspects of a musical career!
Writers read the news about musicians like a crystal ball, since we're having the same problems, only slightly behind the catastrophic curve. I wondered, "Why can't spoken word performers and authors have ringtones, too?" There's lots of beautiful voices I'd like to hear coming out of my cell phone, people who are familiar and inspirational to me.
I'm a virgin at this. I've made six ringtones so far:
Hunter Thompson's Late Night Phone Calls to Susie: Say no more.
I'm Not in the Business: Some comic melodrama.
Listen to all the audio previews here!
I have some ringtone questions for you experts out there:
Do you enjoy other spoken word ringtones— or are they nonexistent, or unappealing?
If I make a short ringtone, will it repeat itself when your phone rings? I want it to!
What makes the "perfect" ringtone?
Do you change yours all the time, or keep to a couple favorites?
Of course this is a wild author scheme to make money, and to play upon your worst impulses to buy nonessential items for your hedonistic pleasure. The noble part is that you are supporting the artists you respect, who need you like lambs need their milk!
If you are a paid subscriber to my blog already, please let me send you a ringtone for free. I appreciate your support so much, and I'd love you to have any of these new toys. Just email me, with the subject: Ringtone Club, and tell me which one you want. I 'll email it to you.
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