This was an interesting read. Although the end result is an interesting experiment on making something for next to no money, it moreso reveals just how difficult it is these days to be a professional musician (and get paid properly for it.)
Don’t get me wrong, I do favours for friends. But these people aren’t your friends, and for someone to price their 30 years experience for $25 is mind boggling to me. Even worse because the next person with 30 years experience asking for a fair wage won’t get it, because someone else will do it for $5.
This is an ongoing problem with musicians in North America. People can’t get paid fairly because so many people are doing it for free, or almost free. It devalues the many years people take to hone their craft and be excellent.
I don’t have a solution to offer. Perhaps this quantity over quality is the reality of the future. Perhaps a more challenging and interesting social project would have been if you tried to record the song while paying everyone a fair wage, even if it were hourly instead of for the session... Some food for thought. Thanks for sharing.