Friday, April 09, 2010

a hundred years ago

A hundred years ago, most of the music people heard was live. They made it themselves, or their neighbors did, in parlor or front porch or church or kitchen. They went out to see someone play music, they listened and sang and played in pub or club or school room, as they worked and at home. A recent study shows that now, less than one per cent of the music most people hear is heard live. That may be unlikely to apply to many who travel here along the music road. Still, it’s an idea to think about.

Music to go along with this

Music Road: darwin song project
Music Road: wilderness plots
Music Road: ceol chairlinn: sharing music in winter

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Anonymous Douglas E Powell said...

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8:36 AM  
Blogger Anjuli said...

This was something I was just thinking of the other day. One thing my kids used to enjoy growing up (in other countries) was that we would sit around 'making music' in our living room- all my kids play an instrument- sing- and so we would entertain ourselves- then we came to the States & found out everyone just turns on the radio- or the record player- its nice, but I miss the live music.

5:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gosh, what a good point this is! And the result may be that people are now used to hearing music that has been perfected and anything less than that somehow doesn't measure up anymore.

12:40 PM  
Anonymous The Writer's [Inner] Journey said...

Ah, the conundrum of portable music. We can hear everything we want whenever we want. Has it somehow taken the place of seeing artists live?

1:16 PM  

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