The cognitive load that playing a musical instrument presents is a well-documented fact. I was picking up a guitar from a luthier last week when he mentioned that fact to me. I hadn’t thought about it in much detail for a long time. Today, I was reading through a copy of the monthly AFM (https://www.afm.org/) publication I receive due to being a member. I was reading through and thinking about an article to do with the business of music, in particular streaming revenues, and wondered aloud how long it would be until streaming is a thing of the past.
Live music is quite incredible when one considers how much it takes to create it, perform it, and so on. The fact that a music studio whether a physical one as it was once known or its more modern equivalent, a computer in a dorm room, is a world of its own has never much moved me, although one of my old friends encourages me to care much more about such things than I do at present. I suppose his being nominated for a Grammy for his production work might have something to do with that focus on sound production. Regardless, I was also wondering aloud why somebody as impressive to me as William Beauvais remains about 100 years ahead of his time. When guitarists put it all together, which includes tone, transitions across strings, shifts in position, legato, and so on it is an amazing experience. That somebody as talented as Mariette Stephenson chose “Moonglow” for The Kitchener-Waterloo Guitar Orchestra to perform is, to my mind, fantastic. I understand it won’t create streaming revenue or be the subject of study in a sound production course, but it is wonderful to hear a piece of music written by William Beauvais being interpreted expertly. I hope that anybody reading this has a good, long listen to the piece of music I have linked to below.