Monday, March 14, 2011
I Got the Music in Me
We have SO many choices now when it comes to genres and styles. With outlets like iTunes and Pandora, virtually anything we can think of can be met with a new band or musician to discover. But up until 90 or 100 years ago, unless it was a special occasion or Sundays in church, people entertained themselves with their own music on the piano or "fiddle", or just plain singing.
According to an article from The Missourian (August 9, 2009), sales of pianos have gone from 364,000 in 1909 to just 64,000 (acoustic AND digital) in 2009. Consider how many fewer people lived in the US one hundred years ago and this number seems even more telling (90.4 million vs. 300 million). I guess this makes sense - many people can't afford such a purchase anymore and with seemingly fewer kids taking piano lessons, folks don't bother owning one.