the last three or four generations are unique in human history in that recorded sound means that, for the first time, music that's not made for and by the upper crust will be remembered. until the last century, the music that was carried on past its day was the music rich people went to the opera houses and concert halls in their powdered wigs to experience, whereas the folk anthems and tavern songs of the common man were largely lost to history. thanks to the advent of recording, though, all music, whether it be a massive orchestral piece, or three guys in a garage with a 4-track, has a chance to be a permanent part of history. we can argue till we're all white-haired and bent-backed over whether it's improved or destroyed music, but none of us can deny that it's a cultural paradigm shift that will forever move the world forward.
So remember, when you're feeling very small and insecure,
How amazingly unlikely is your birth,
And pray that there's intelligent life somewhere up in space,
'Cause there's bugger-all down here on Earth.
Loki/Grendel/Gail/Beowulf/Camilla/River/Bathory/Arwen/Lafayette/Deb/Jack Skellington (soon)