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You're off key

Posted by: Anarch on January 14, 19100 at 11:13:12:

In Reply to: a world without music is a flawed world. posted by David on January 13, 19100 at 11:34:57:

: Quite simply, a world without music is a flawed world. Music is such a unique medium for us to express our emotions, it is never the same twice, and anyone who plays it will always play it differently. I have spent my time working with younger musicians, and it is one of the most rewarding things I have done. Twice a week I go to a middle school in a really disadvantaged neighborhood and I work with young musicians who can't afford to take lessons nor even afford their own instruments. I can see how deeply it the music touches them and it reminds me just how much I love music.
: Barry, before you completely belittle musicians as mere 'artisans of the preindustrial age' you should explore what it is that they have devoted their lives to and why it has more value to them than a produced good or material.

: : 'In a communist society there are no painters but at most people who engage in painting among other activities' (Marx and Engels).

: And there are also no dictators, just people who, from time to time, tell other people what to do.

If music is such a satisfying medium of expression, why limit it to professional musicians or rather why allow a few people to contribute to society in no other than music. In a socialist society that privilege would cause a fair amount of resentment I think. Barry isn't advocating that music be banned, I think, but rather that everyone be allowed an equal opportunity to indulge in that activity.

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