The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #74025   Message #1288542
Posted By: M.Ted
04-Oct-04 - 04:35 PM
Thread Name: Higher percentage musicians 1900 v 2000
Subject: RE: Higher percentage musicians 1900 v 2000
Even forty years ago, there was live music in a lot more places than now--there were still weekly school dances, fine restaurants usually had a pianist, and many community and civic organizations had annual formal banquets (which had a pianist, organ, or even a string ensemble that played while people entered, a combo playing during dinner, and a dance band after), there were still nightclubs with a real floor show, and a lot of bars had bands on Friday and Saturday nights, not to mention the coffee houses and such that had sprung up for people who wanted a more populist alternative--

Recorded music, replaced a lot of live music, there is no question, but nightlife, with real entertainment, dispeared as the old fashioned "downtown" disappeared--as people moved out to the suburbs, downtowns died, and watching TV became the center of family life, at least until shopping malls and recreational shopping came along--