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.
@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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