Ride to the Farm

| May 7, 2011

I recently took my Boston friend to live on a farm in upstate New York.  While driving along I-90, I realized how sparse the population is when you travel away from the big city.

It’s out there that I think school performing ensembles mean a lot more than they do in the cities and suburbs.   There may be no other way to hear live music than at the high school band concert.  Would technology mean as much out there as it does in the city?

The farm I visited was all-organic, no phone, only internet.  There was a piano in the family room and the explicit requirement that all farm help bring art supplies and musical instruments.  I can’t think of a better place and setting to play music than in the evening after a long days work in the fields.  It is out here that I am not sure the argument of real-world application applies to music technology.  Indeed, I would think that most of the students who grew up around Hancock, NY won’t be going into the recording industry.  They may actually be MUCH better served by a traditional music education than one that is technology heavy.  To the farmers I met and worked with, music exists when people come together.  It changes when new people with new instruments arrive.

Will this change the way I feel about technology?  No.  But it is nice to know that music as we (our society) new it still exists.  It’s easy to forget that in the cities and suburbs.