Rick’s Music on iTunes

March 4, 2010 · 4 comments

Rick just got a royalty check for $51.04.


Here’s the breakdown:

$0.09 from Napster. $0.30 from eMusic. $0.12 from mediaNET. $0.07 from Rhapsody.

Just click on any of the CD covers here for samples of the secret sauce.


Here come the big hitters: $12.74 through Apple iTunes. $4.64 through iTunes-Europe. The balance (too lazy to do the math) came from shrink-wrapped CDs sold through CDBaby.

Woo baby!! And I mean that in all sincerity.

Royalties are a very special category of income, worth much more than the amount deposited at the ATM.

They make you feel all glowy and noble and validated… like a king, even. Hey!… So that’s why they call them…

Never mind.

Royalties are concrete evidence that you’ve created art that is both original AND good. There are others, of course: hearing a young guitar player struggling to recreate your tune at a music jam, or watching little kids dance to your toe-tapper in an open air concert, or hearing grown men sniff back tears at your touching lyrics. In a world where people tend to measure value and success in dollars, such moments are priceless — and probably why it seems perfectly reasonable to tilt at windmills.


An original song, a blog post, a cartoon, a book, a photo… finding and giving voice to an idea is like bearing children: it can be an exhausting, frustrating, incredibly fulfilling and often under-appreciated labor of love that leaves huge stretch marks.

As for Rick’s music, it’s all here…



Jackie Ann Patterson March 7, 2010 at 2:11 pm

Thanks for pointing this out! Motivated me to finally dig up and use that iTunes card that was too small to re-gift and too much to toss.
I was impressed with your talents before and now I ‘m in awe! I really like the tunes and I wouldn’t call myself a country fan. So move over Garth Brooks and Bela Fleck to make room for a new artist in my country/bluegrass playlist!

Rick March 8, 2010 at 9:18 pm

Hey Jackie, Thanks so much. I’m not a big fan of country music either — if there’s a way to transcend genre and simply make music from the heart that others enjoy, count me in!

Dalton June 10, 2016 at 1:15 am

Thanks for your maervlous posting! I certainly enjoyed reading it, you will be a great author. I will always bookmark your blog and will come back someday. I want to encourage you to continue your great writing, have a nice holiday weekend!

Dad/Mom March 4, 2010 at 3:34 pm

Congrats you guys. Of course you’re selling the songs. Who wouldn’t buy them!! You’re really good.

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