This article is essentially tongue in cheek. It’s definitely not meant to be taken too seriously. It’s just some light hearted musings. I hope you have fun reading it — and thinking about some of the questions it may raise 🙂
People are always talking about teachers. And they definitely have my sympathy. I don’t think I’d have the patience to work with groups of kids like that. But in my view, musician’s as a whole are arguably the most underpaid workers in the developed world.
“Work!?” you say indignantly. “That’s not work.”
Well, I invite you to attempt learning to play an instrument with even a modicum of ability — and then get back to me.
Then to develop and refine those skills to a professional level.
Not to mention all the costs of various tuitions and mentoring, equipment and recording, photos, websites, press, etc.
And there’s no union. No strikes. No benefits. No retirement fund. Many musicians need to take other jobs in order to help pay the bills.
Even the musician’s who are “big” and earning a lot of money have a massive overhead with their operation.
And they don’t make that kind of money every year. And many only have a short window of that kind of money.
sidenote: “They’re fools!” you mutter under your breath. “They should’ve thought about that before starting.”
A businessperson who creates a successful business that is more “utilitarian” is probably many many times wealthier than even the wealthiest musician.
For the sake of this discussion, let’s take a person who manufactures and distributes toilet paper on a large scale.
“Well,” you say “we can’t live without toilet paper! The person who does that deserves to make more money than a musician!”
That would seem to be true. But on closer examination, is it?
Human’s have survived — thrived even — for thousands of years without commercial toilet paper.
Who knows for certain what people have used. But they got by. Even a few old handkerchiefs done separtately in the wash would do the trick quite well.
Probably even better since there aren’t any perfumes or chemicals and bleach on them.
And have you checked the price of toilet paper recently? And because of convenience we are now conditioned to believe that we can’t live without it.
To be fair, I very much appreciate toilet paper. I have nothing against it. I’m just thinking about things, is all.
Music. A world without music. That would be a very flat world. Almost as bad as a world without flowers or colour.
Although nothing can beat nature and her Golden Silence, music is humankind’s most eloquent statement of rapture.
Music comes in many forms — and some forms would even be called noise pollution by some.
sidenote: As I sit here typing, a car drives by playing classic rock. Earlier, several other cars were playing hip hop, reggae and “turbo pop.” Cool 🙂
But to those with ears to hear, it is the sound of angels in the heavens.
Perhaps there is music in a particular form that does that for you. Uplifts you. Even makes your life worthwhile in those moments. Helps you grab onto some higher emotions than the ones that had hold of you before you engaged with the music.
Imagine living in a world without singing, dancing, celebration, storytelling or music?
Yes, it could be done. But in my opinion, we’d be much duller. I don’t think it could happen. We may not survive. Nature is so beautiful! Not only do we want to see Her beauty, we want to emulate it with our art! It’s a form of worship.
Even if we manage to survive our current planetary crises and continue to evolve — and some kind of new world develops — one that is beyond our ability to even imagine right now, music will play an important role.
And this new imaginary future world is so much less harsh than our current version. People are more loving, tolerant and less afraid. There’s less to be afraid of.
And perhaps we communicate telepathically all the time.
There would still be music. Because music exists in the human heart. The songs we listen to are merely reflections of what already exists in our hearts.
When you hear a song that uplifts or energizes you, it’s merely reflecting back to you that which already exists in your heart.
Our music is a few steps removed from the “actuality” — it’s an abstraction of that inherent joy.
But it’s really freakin’ cool! Try singing. Really let it ou! Doesn’t that feel good? Or bang a beat on something. Your car steering wheel, your kitchen table, whatever.
And in this imaginary future world of milk and honey, there will be a plant that grows in abundance with soft silky leaves that organically disintegrate leaving no odour — within minutes of use. And it replaces toilet paper.
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