i've been on and off moving some things around in our house during my jazz listening today (so the currently upbeat good ass Patrice Rushen tracks are helpful) and my brain, when directing my body to do repetitive low attention tasks like "move stuff from a to b", wanders.
today it wandered to family music.
so, while I'm taking a break from wearing a path in some floors, I'm going to ramble, thread-style.
there's a social dynamic that's arisen over the last 20? years maybe wherein two acquaintances might find themselves at a conversation point where one asks the other "so, are there any musicians in your family?"
and then the other participant will either list off a sibling or two who played in band in school, maybe a parent who sings.
and then it's off to other topics, often, as I've seen it happen anyway.
so teaching each other music, and practicing music together, became part of social things, so that music could be shared. it's always been that way for sung music, but with the advent of the industrial revolution and some other economic changes it became easier for common folk to get inexpensive instruments. and they did - they loved it!
with the rise of consumerism and institutionalized learning and some other things, music started to become an add-on activity to life.
some people do music. other people don't, they just listen to music.
and everyone said "well, of course - some people just aren't good at music. they just aren't meant to be musicians! and that's okay!"
like I said, not all of my greats and grands were good at making music, but they did it.
some were - my aunt Minnie played church organ for fifty-some years without missing a single solitary week.
but it didn't matter either way - they learned because they did it together, they were shown and they practiced, not formally, just together as a family.
@djsundog I have very mixed feelings about this. On one hand, I'd love people to be more creative and have access to creation tools and so on (and I think it's amazing that music creation software is so plentiful and easy to learn now)
On the other hand, I'd like to see earning-a-living-wage become unnecessary before entire creative industries collapse under the weight of devaluation
@fluffy yeah, that's part of what I'm saying tho - there should be non-commercial music in folks' life. it should be something that's there without being tied to a market.
that won't cut down the demand for good music - great music - new music, all those things need to come from somewhere, and it's not randomly dispersed - you know all too well the work that goes into the extra stuff around widely polishing and distributing a professional creative work that can not only bring enjoyment to others but also keep food on the artists' tables.
@djsundog yeah, and maybe greater access and practice in making music will make people realize just how hard it is and stop devaluing it so much. Go back to actually paying for music, ideally paying the artists directly instead of going through Spotify or whatever.
@fluffy without some musical background, most music appreciation is really marketing appreciation; the musicians involved should do better across the board with an audience with a better basis for choosing for themselves what they like rather than just consuming what they're fed, and that's good for diverse art I'd think.
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