My buddy Bob has been podcasting his book “Death by Cliché” and running a slice of Jonathan Coulton’s “Skullcrusher Mountain” during the credits at the end of each episode. This is acceptable use under the terms of the Creative Commons that Coulton uses instead of copyright, or so Bob tells me.
Today I got sick of hearing just the first verse and chorus, so I spent 99 cents on the song.
It’s 99 cents I wouldn’t have spent without repeated exposure. It’s only the third Jonathan Coulton song I’ve spent money on. It’s also my new favorite, displacing his “Still Alive” contribution to the Orange Box.
Moral of the story: people will pay for stuff that they can get for free. Not that anybody reading my blog doubts that. I’m making a living that way, after all.
Oh… favorite lyric from “Skullcrusher Mountain” (which you should at least LISTEN to, if not purchase outright):
“Isn’t it enough to know that I ruined a pony making a gift for you?”
There’s a Valentine’s Day sentiment we can all get behind, I’m sure. Just don’t use too many monkeys.