I am a local musician (unless you live far away from me) who writes and records music, then gives it away for free to millions of fine people exactly like you - only not as good looking. My only rewards are positive feedback and other such good vibes.
This jerk is most definitely an independent musician and songwriter (at least by night - by day he is a high school English teacher).
Jon is also a musical philanthropist, in the sense that he wants everyone to enjoy his music completely free of charge.
Jon also appears to be the kind of guy who types about himself in third person. Doesn't it sound pretentious? I think it does. I should stop. There - I stopped.
Right now, the band you can most often catch me with is The Ritzy Chickens:
No Copyright 2013 Jon Ringel. No rights reserved. Some lefts reserved. Permission to use material granted in all cases on the condition that authorship credit is given to Jon Ringel. Please send me a copy if you use it for anything. If you make a ton of money off me I would love some of it, of course. Thanks.