Jamsphere recently came across this letter by jazz artist- Hackdaddy:
I recently received the email below from Richie Auriemma; I’m sure some of you did as well. Now, I know that Richie can be somewhat “colorful” at times, but I will tell you that you will not find a more dedicated, devoted supporter of Independent Musicians. He demonstrates that every day not just through words and posts, but mostly through talent and lifestyle – most of us are not brave enough to even attempt to make a living this way, but Richie is and does.
Like far too many people these days, hard times have fallen on Richie. Not only does he need our help now, he deserves it! As you can see from his message, he is not looking for charity or asking for a handout. So, as a first step, if you have not done so already, BUY THE CD!!
As a second step, even though I respect Richie’s principles as a gentleman that he is not asking for charity, I do not hold myself up to those same lofty principles and am personally asking/telling each and every one of you (and please, please forward this as you feel appropriate to reach the maximum amount of people) to give what you are able to help Richie with this rough patch. He doesn’t know (until he reads this) that I am making this request, and probably will be pissed off at me for a bit, but that’s ok, we’ll work through it. The important thing is that this is a critical time, and Richie needs our help!
Richie’s Paypal account is firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m in for the first $100; who’s with me?
Thanks for reading this, I hope you can do something, and to quote a famous musician, “Go Indie!”
Mike (aka Hackdaddy)
This was Ritchie Auriemma’s Original Letter:
Folks, this is the hardest email I have ever had to write.
I am facing homelessness (due to no work available here) & I’m trying to land as many gigs as possible to keep a roof over my head.
If anyone can afford to buy one of my cd’s or a digital download song, please think about doing so.I am not looking for a handout or a donation.My work speaks for itself I would hope.And like lots of folks, I’ve fallen on very hard times.
I am truly sorry to burden anyone with my personal problems.
I’m just terrified of being on the streets.
Auriemma, who has featured in our magazine, is a dedicated and serious independent musician. At this moment in time he needs our help. We appeal to all Jamsphere readers, indie musicians and fans alike. Why not spend your well earned money on some truly independent music and help an artist in need, at the same time. Please visit the links below and purchase something. Let’s show the major labels what being indie really means to us.