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Feedback: Store attacked for its honesty
Sonny Starks Soundoff (News-Times, Jan. 26) would have you believing Daves Music is actively trying to corrupt the youth of North Whidbey Island in order to make a profit. I take issue with that view.
Starks makes his first point by pointing out how the lyrics of todays popular music are lewd, vulgar, and violent, not ever linking them to Daves. He neglects to mention that this music is widely available. MTV and Wal-Mart willingly distribute censored versions of the artists he cites, which leave nothing to the imagination, and the internet, which can deliver any song, has no built-in censorship.
He appears to attack Daves only because the store is up-front and honest about what he does. Starks then goes on to set up a disgustingly fantastic comparison, saying anyone whod cite free speech in order to justify the ability to buy whatever they like is no better than a pedophile. Starks column is long on propaganda and short on relevant facts.
Daves is one of two independent music stores on the Rock. If Dave Willis were worried about raking in the profits, he would not be running a music store on Whidbey Island. Daves sells used albums; for eight dollars I can get a CD that would cost me fourteen at either of the Marts. This is significant for all of us students and thrifty spenders.
Daves sells albums by artists that wont allow their music to be distributed by large corporations; I can walk into Daves and pick up Tiger Army, CKY or Rancid without any trouble. Ive never seen those bands at Wal-Mart or Kmart. Daves also sells instruments, stickers, patches, effects pedals, hard-to-find and imported albums, and loads of music paraphernalia which arent in just any store. Another thing is that Daves treats us minors like people. As someone younger than 18, Ive never felt unwelcome or ignored in that store.
Starks asks what youd want your (insert young family relation here) spending their Christmas gift certificate from you on. Most people give gift certificates as a way of saying, I dont know what youd want, so Ill leave it up to you. If you desire to control what that person listens to, buy them an album and give it to them. Better yet, talk to them about what they listen to, and get a handle on what they think of their music.
Something that really makes me burn is that Starks doesnt trust parenting to win out on this. If you have a problem with certain kinds of music in your house, then make sure they dont come in. Starks wants to be a parent for hundreds of children, who have nothing to do with him, by preventing them from buying music he doesnt agree with, regardless of what their parents what for them.
I am an honor student. I am part of my school government. I am polite to most people. I fervently believe in the freedom of speech and the rest of the Constitution. I am aware of the world around me. I like nice music like Laura Love, Sheryl Crow, U2 and The Beatles. I am also extremely fond of bands like Corrosion of Conformity, NOFX, Bad Religion, and Metallica, some of which are probably on the church-circulated list that Sonny Starks cited.
Being as how this is America, we have the freedom to choose Daves as a place to shop. We also have the freedom not to shop at Daves. That same freedom is what allows Starks to write columns largely devoid of fact. From his column no one can actually tell if he has ever been inside of Daves Music. He appears to be condemning the store sight-unseen. I am a long-time customer, and I rarely see young children in there. Daves Music is a good, dependable place of business that has not hurt anyone. Sonny Starks battle against objectionable music should be fought in the home, not in the store.