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Old 30th August 2012
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One can see the 20th century era of star-studded commercialism and its centralized mass marketing of recorded media for universal consumption as a sort of historical anomaly. The Information Age, ironically perhaps, may act as a catalyst to create a more traditional landscape of traveling entertainers, bards, trained concert hall performers, home musicians who share their music among friends and neighbors (or virtual neighbors).

People will create, render and distribute their musical works in a variety of ways and to various degrees of critical acclaim or success. It's all OK with me. IMHO, we neither need nor are we well-served by having a handful of popular entertainers functioning as icons or gods, who define for us the essence of the role music plays in our overall cultural life.