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Music, a cornerstone of civilization and socialization, provides a framework for communication more universal than speech or writing.
Music contributes significantly to cultural understanding and growth.
Historically music was time and place-bound; if you weren’t there, you missed it. People didn't experience music from farther away than a few miles. Music was static, taking a long time to change form, instrumentation, rhythms, or lyrical content.
In 1877 the mechanical phonograph changed music forever. Advances in technology made it easier, clearer, and more enjoyable to discover music. Artists can be influenced by an array of music, giving people limitless musical experiences.
Recordings allow people to share new or favorite music, a preferred medium in which to exchange thoughts, ideas, and to express emotions. Along with it came the hobby of collecting recordings and the myriad of equipment used to listen.
Personal music playback devices, digital files, and streaming services have changed our relationship with music and each other. In many cases, music has become relegated to the role of background soundtrack for individual activities.
It used to be common for people to gather and listen at home, in record stores, or as members of clubs; sharing something personal or exciting with each other.
Bringing people back to the exploration of music
and to communal, active listening
is vitally important.
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