What Have We Done to Music?

What Have We Done to Music?

People who know me personally know I am a musician by training—specifically a composer and conductor—though now an author by choice.  I woke this morning fully intending to dive back into the fourth draft of my latest novel, but the last week still weighs heavy on my psyche.  That was my annual trek to San Antonio for the Texas Music Educators Association convention—a meeting which is still the largest of its kind in the world.  There musicians from all over the state (all over the world, actually) get to meet, discuss, listen to amazing performances of ensembles both amateur and professional, and recharge their creative batteries for the remaining push through the school year.

I attended, not as an author or blogger, but as just another musician, ready to learn and be entertained.  Both these goals were fulfilled, but not in the manner I intended.  Instead of being thrilled by great musical performance from the various bands and orchestras, I was subjected to the further Mackification of the music scene.

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