From: Tom Fine <tflists@BEV
From: Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]>
For most young folks, music is background noise, part of a relentless and constant buzz in their ears.
I believe that is true for recorded/broadcast music in general...and for all age groups.
“From the beginning of the twentieth century, music, once
the privilege of the ‘initiated’ became accessible to wide layers of society,
bring about a ‘mass initiation’ of listeners into the sphere of musical art.
This spreading of music to the masses, at too rapid a pace, resulted in a
profound misconception of music as a means of ‘entertainment’ and ‘enjoyment’
to be passively consumed by the listener. Music must be listened to creatively.
Only active love can lead to the understanding of art and of its lasting
value.” - Serge Koussevitzky
"These talking machines are going to ruin the artistic development of music in this country. When I was a boy...in front of every house in the summer evenings, you would find young people together singing the songs of the day or old songs. Today you hear these infernal machines going night and day. We will not have a vocal cord left. The vocal cord will be eliminated by a process of evolution, as was the tail of man when he came from the ape." - John Philip Sousa