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April 11, 2007
The Truth About Music Industry Upheaval
It was 1942.
Swing and big band music was on the way out and, largely because of the ban, the heyday of vocal music was about to be ushered in.
According to this page on the PBS.org web site:
"Just as the record ban began, saxophonist Charlie Parker and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie had just found their way into uncharted jazz territory. They were wowing small groups of listeners with their innovative new sound, but because of the record ban, only their collaborators and a few dedicated fans would hear the music they had created, which came to be known as bebop."
Why this history lesson?
We tend to think that whatever changes are taking place in the present moment are the biggest and most impactful ever. While it's true that change occurs at ever increasing rates, and the music shift going on today is truly dramatic, it's also important to realize that it's nothing new.
It happened with the invention of the gramophone. It happened with swing and big band. It happened with Sinatra, Elvis and The Beatles. It happened with the introduction of the cassette and the CD. It happened again with the widespread use of MP3 files and iPods. It's happening right now.
And whenever these dramatic shifts happen, you'll find innovative musicians (like Parker and Gillespie) who continue to forge new paths regardless of what's happening with "the industry" at the time.
What new path are you forging?
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