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This is my collection of personel recorded mp3s that I occationaly get in to my head to post online. If you see any thing you like please feel free to comment on it.
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...The Pitfalls Recorded Music...

Posted 06-06-2013 at 03:06 AM by Bishop

....The Pitfalls Recorded Music.....
I often think about the music I love and wonder what the future holds in store for it. Sometimes, when I let my mind contemplate this question I am filled with a sense of hopelessness. I'm not the kind of person who begrudges the up-coming artists who are changing the form of country music. God knows that Country Music has never stopped evolving since it first took shape. What concerns me is the state of live music in our
society. Not the music played on stages in concert halls, like museums, featuring some ancient traditions of a past society. I'm referring to the amateur musicians / singers who play for the pleasure of it amongst friends and family. Once these were common place at family get togethers and community events. All of my dad's family used to play music at every opportunity that they had to get together. I don't see that kind of music, much, anymore. Why?
My theory is that it all started to fall apart with the advent of Radio. Radio, itself, didn't degrade the creative spirit of music. If anything, radio brought various styles of music to a large pool of musicians spurring them to alter styles and increase their repertoire while at the same time improving their skills. These are all good things and we often refer to the 'Golden Age Of Radio' but radio also brought on the era of recorded music. While this too had it's good points, recordings came with a major drawback. It acclimatized us to having music without musicians. Before too long big bands had gone the way of the dodo bird and even small bands were being replaced by multi-track recording studios. One artist could be a whole band, lead singer and harmony all at once. More than that, recordings changed the
way we listened to music. No longer did we need musicians to enjoy music. All we needed was a phonograph, eight track / cassette player or an multi-media player. All we needed to do was press a few buttons and WA-la, our favorite music on demand. Today we have so separated the source of our music from its final form that we get the sensation that these machines actually create music. We seem to forget that we still need musicians to record that music.

While recordings and their formats continue to increase in numbers, the pool of up and coming young amateur musicians continue to keep on shrinking. It's getting harder and
harder to find people who have the drive to learn music to any great extent because nobody cares to listen to their efforts unless they are famous. That's a nasty cycle. You can't get famous unless you're good at what you do and you don't get encouragement to get better at what you do unless you're already famous.

Recordings also set the bar of exceptional talent too high to get over. A single recording may take hours or even a whole day to get to sound perfect. Yet once recorded, that music is played perfectly every time you press that button. Amateur musicians, on the other hand, often make mistakes. Their pitch, timing, or notes are often imperfect. We often consider these people as second class musicians, at best, when we compare them to the recordings that we are so used to. I would, however, beg you to consider that sometimes those mistakes or variations from the norm can actually improve the music being played. I can't tell you how many times I have heard some one say to a musician, "That's very nice... but you know... that's not the way it goes." This is because we are so used to hearing our music in the form of recordings, were they always sound the same every time that they are played.

In my mind a recorded song is a dead song. I know that sounds pretty ruthless but consider this. Once a tune has been recorded to vinyl, plastic or a data file (example mp3s) it has been chiseled into stone. It can't improve. It is what it is and will never be anything more. It's a recorded piece of the past, like a photograph. Nobody would ever make the case that a picture of your loved ones could ever be as good as your actual loved ones, no matter how good the picture is or how imperfect your loved ones are. There is much to be said for individual interpretations of music.

More than this is the question of music fatigue. These days we can cram all of our
favorite songs onto one portable media device and take it with us where ever we go. We can play only the tunes we consider our favorites, over and over at the press of a button. We've gotten so lazy that often we don't even have the urge to expend the energy to press the button anymore. Music is passe, boring, old hat... We want something more exciting. We're just tired of music. In the old days music required musicians who only got together every so often. Music was a special thing that you looked forward to in anticipation. These days, its just part of the background, accessible at any time we please. So much so that we hardly ever do access it.

Yes, I admit it. I get depressed about the future of the music I love. But the advantage of being a human being is the fact that we can, often, ignore our present realities and put all of our faith in one thing. Hope! I hope that we will eventually come to the realization that recorded music is an entirely different experience than live music. You can't compare one to the other and in truth live musicians will always offer a more exciting experience than any recorded media possibly can. Our amateurs musicians are the source of our music and we should support them and encourage them and stop being so snobbish about perfection. The more a musician is encouraged the more he or she will improve. The more our musicians improve the more we can appreciate their music. The better we understand this the more we will encourage our musicians. That is the kind of cycle we need to start. Whether you support the recording industry or not, understand this! Without budding young amateur musicians there will be no professionals to record our future records, tapes and mp3s.

The next time you see a young amateur practicing to improve skills, take the time to sit down and listen to him or her. Complement and encourage that person. Offer up any advice or tips if you have any to give. Don't just critique, listen and appreciate what that person is trying to do. He or she is trying to bring real music to a world that has all but forgotten
what real music is. In their hands lies the only possible future for music. Lets try to turn that effort into the reality of our future.

Always encouraging your efforts; Elger Heath: 'the Chairman'
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