The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #74025   Message #1291634
Posted By: Joe_F
07-Oct-04 - 05:56 PM
Thread Name: Higher percentage musicians 1900 v 2000
Subject: RE: Higher percentage musicians 1900 v 2000
A. Mike: May the like of you increase!

Round about 1900, G. K. Chesterton (I wish I had made a note of the place) complained that men no longer sat around a table & sang; they sat & listened to one man sing, "for the absurd reason that he could sing better". I like his attitude, but the date at which he expressed it seems to show that the rot is not a result of technology, but was creating a demand for passive entertainment even before recordings, radio, etc., were developed to satisfy it and to promote it.