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.


@djsundog I think about how the eternal grind of capitalism and worker exploitation has had a major hand in this. When you’re in deep debt just going to University, you’re not so likely to pick up music, which requires an investment of time and money. When you have to work until you drop, where’s the time to play music?

@s0 that's a huge part of it too - would be illuminating to see the graph of the decline in support for "citizen arts" and the rise of the term "work-life balance"

@djsundog when I was in high school, I was in 6-7 weekly music ensembles/classes. But now I’m in none, because (as well as it being difficult as a trans person) I have to prioritise earning money, and my other hobbies are more accessible to do at home and at my own pace.

@s0 even when I was growing up in the last quarter of the 20th century there were still a good half-dozen or more community music and art and theater organizations in any town of 5,000 people or more in upstate new york. now a town is lucky if it has one of any of those categories. and we should all be pissed off about this! something has been stolen and it must be returned.

@djsundog ensemble music is something which just can’t yet be done remotely to any serious degree. Video conferencing “concerts” were done in covid lockdowns because musicians needed something, but they didn’t last very long because they just don’t *work* for collaborative music.

@s0 I have a couple of friends who are still professional orchestral players and they're absolutely crushed. they have had the worst go of it.

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