As you may already know, Starbucks is giving away a different free iTunes music download every day for 37 days in celebration of their slick new WiFi Music Store. The promotion is called Song of the Day and boasts a selection of artists from Paul McCartney to Herbie Hancock, John Fogerty to John Mayer.
Few of these free tunes are songs you know well. Ever heard Annie Lennox’s Dark Road? I’m guessing most of you haven’t.
But it’s still a really cool promotion. In this day of outrageous piracy litigation, you really can’t complain about new music being proliferated via means that are 100% lawsuit-free. Getting a new Dave Matthews song at no cost is
super cool pretty OK whether you’ve heard the song before or not.
So far, five songs have been released. My weakness for Starbucks is well documented, so it should surprise no one to learn that I have all five of them.
That Can’t Be Right
The Starbucks nearest to my home has the download cards from previous days setting out in front of the register for people to take as they wish; the current Song of the Day is doled out one per customer. I looked at the four piles of cards and it occurred to me that something appeared off. I ordered my drink, made small talk with the barista for a bit, then turned my attention back to the four little stacks. What was it about the collection of songs that didn’t set right with me?
Then it hit me. The four songs were Bob Dylan’s Jokerman, KT Tunstall’s One Day, Joni Mitchell’s Night of the Iguana, and Keith Urban’s I Told You So. The smallest pile, by a significant margin, was the Keith Urban pile.
I suddenly felt sort of ill. I mean, this is Seattle, damn it – home of Jimi Hendrix and Eddie Vedder and Chris Cornell! It’s the greater Seattle Area from whence came bands like Heart, Nirvana, and Alice in Chains! And while I’ll admit that the available Song of the Day artists are hardly in the same musical genre as the Seattle artists I mentioned, it truly blew me away that a country song would be more desired here than a song by Dylan or even KT Tunstall (who has enjoyed at least one #1 hit in the US).
So there you have it: a cowboy beats out a rocker and a pair of folk legends in a city known more for its rock music scene than its shit-kicking prowess. I don’t get it, but there you go.
Oh, and yes, I did take a Keith Urban card, but only because I needed the info for this blog post and I didn’t know for sure if Starbucks would have it available online. So there. Nyah.*
I’m now off to find out what this new KT Tunstall song sounds like. I hope it rocks.
*BONUS: The first Keith Urban fan to PM me can have the download code from my card. Wouldn't want a perfectly good download to go to waste!