I am not in the business of making or recording music commercially.
I've worked in the Sound and Communications industry all my life as an electronic technician/engineer.
I started playing an organ when I was little and began playing with TV's, speakers, tape decks and amplifiers.
Basically anything having to with sound or music...my entire life has always had something to do with sound.
I grew up in the era of the 60's and the Beatles, Rolling Stones. My passion and profession was always audio, electronics and a fascination with synthesizers. I still have some of those keyboards and tape decks and mixers.
I've watched, learned, taught, played and owned a lot of technology in 50+ years.
I've never made a dime in the music business.
I've known many friends and acquaintances through the years who played gigs, recorded albums, one won a Grammy, several played professionally on tour and had record contracts.
None of them became famous. A couple of them still make a meager living playing in the biz for bigger show acts.
Most of them have regular jobs unrelated to making music and like me play an instrument for fun and enjoyment.
Over those years I've bought records, tapes, cassettes, CD's, DVD's Laserdiscs and MP3's.
I have a large library of music and audio video equipment that over the years consumed many tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands of dollars....I wouldn't even want to think of how much I've spent on this stuff.
Today's society and culture is growing up using computers and smart phones and playing video games.
It's a different world. People have home computers that are 1000 times more powerful than the computers used to design rockets and space flight in the 60's. People sit inside in front of huge flat screen TV's for hours on end with headsets on playing video games, chatting online or talking on their mobile phones the size of a pack of s. They have complete open access to videos, music, games documents and applications from around the world.
Most of it is free.....and that's what entertains them for the finite amount of time it takes to get their attention. People have the attention span of a gnat nowadays...seriously!
Nobody listens or watches anything for more than a few minutes...seriously!
I've observed and watched this behavior. What that does is devalues the content and places demand on more and more junk being pushed into the limelight for shorter and shorter periods of time.
I'm not a fortune teller or futurist but I do see that anybody can do this audio/video thing now and anyone can paint the musical art that is in their soul if they want to. The amount of exposure and financial sucess (which is still the primary goal) is still up to the gods of chance and fortune.
There will still be talented musicians and as the population continues to grow there will be more and more of them thus diluting the pool.
A lot of people will continue to think there is a buck to be made somewhere in that realm and try to figure out their clever way of capitaizing on that.
And people will continue to gravitate to the money and everyone will seek out open and free access of entertainment even if it's only 10 seconds worth.
Thanks Bigtree for letting me post my lengthy nonsense opinion on this....it helps me with my own technology addicted disease I've been hooked on for all these years of my life. Maybe I'll get better!
I'm pretty sure no one will read my entire post...it's not filled with drama, violence and death...it's not that catchy or gripping...LOL