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Saturday, March 28, 2020

A Stream of Thought

(By Lance)

We know the world has gone mad and that the insanity will increase before it reaches a plateau. In the years following the two world wars society changed and I am sure, it will change again after this current situation resolves.

On the plus side of the present predicament is the solidarity that, however temporary, has brought us all together - within government guidelines - which is in itself a miracle.

On the music side, whilst we're all bemoaning the fact that we've got no gigs to go to, every performer and their dog are now streaming live over the various forms of social media. Some are brilliant and some are not. Most of them are free, albeit with donations welcomed and, indeed, encouraged and, let's face it, who is going to begrudge making a contribution large or small?

The question is that if and when we do emerge into a brave new world will we, after becoming so accustomed to having the goods delivered, still want to go out into the wind and the rain to some remote venue?

And will the performers, after playing to a worldwide audience, want to go back to playing for 30 people at a jar on the bar gig?

Just thinkin' like...
Lance

2 comments :

Steve T said...

The world was already pretty mad Lance.
If more people, with more time on their hands, realise there's more to music than a good singalong, that's no bad thing.
I've no doubt the internet was going to play a large part in the future of music anyway, but it's all been brought forward somewhat.
I hope live music continues, at least in the short term, but - who knows - a generation may emerge for whom the very idea is quaint and passe.
I'm certainly optimistic much of what's wrong with the world will need to be addressed in the wake of all this.

Miles said...

Just been listening to the very prophetic "Lurgi Strikes Britain" Goon Show Nov. 9th 1954, it seems the only prevention to the disease is to play a brass instrument so some of us are immune thankfully. Also on the broadcast are Max Geldray and the Ray Ellington Quartet, lovely.
Cheers
Miles

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