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Old 20th December 2015
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Originally Posted by Pichi View Post
Just to give a perspective from outside of the US, here in Japan music education is very good. Every junior high has a brass band club and the kids are trained to perform at a high level. Learning an instrument at an early age is something many parents want their children to have the opportunity to do. And this shows in the degree of sophistication of popular music here. This is probably the reason why pop music from the Western world has seen a great decline in popularity in Japan over the last 20 years. Even the top boy bands like Arashi use a lot of sophisticated arrangements in their music, especially in the deep album cuts. Real musicians are still prized over DAW based compositions so top groups bring a constant supply of work for session musicians here too.
Thank you for your perspective.

Our country used to strive for excellence. We once held higher standards in all aspects of life, and there was a time when the U.S. was admired by the entire world. I don't know what happened here, but somehow the importance of the arts and culture has been diminished greatly, and intelligence and sophistication became things to be ridiculed. Now morons are famous, and thug culture is glorified. If people here cared half as much about music and the arts as they do about sports, it would be a much different place.

It's ironic that many of the top session musicians and audio engineers in this country work very hard to become professionals in their field, and then in order to make a living, they must waste their talents creating garbage to be consumed by the masses.