CLASSICAL MUSIC: value zero??
Performances are ephemeral.
You hear a live performance - and it's gone.
A recording may preserve that 'in a certain way' but it can't preserve it against other performances of the same thing.
That's what's happened to the Classical Music Industry.
So much has been recorded so frequently by so many people and cranked out so many 'first-class' performances (orchestras, conductors, soloists, singers) and the Conservatories are churning out more of them all the time; this has made the VALUE of the INDIVIDUAL performance ZERO.
That's why the (classical recording industry) is the way it is now.
(Plainly and cruelly stated): The value of a classical recording is zero.
Look at what you can buy for NO MONEY at all!
The next thing you know they'll be PAYING US to take their recordings.
Performers PAY LABELS to issue their performances and distribute them. There is no money in marketing and sales ...NONE.
And God forbid they should advertise!
All the money is in (promotion) getting the performance out there and just being another version of the same old same old.
That makes the VALUE (return on investment) ZERO.
That's why we get the Big Box sets.
That's why the major labels reshuffle the same stuff over and over again.
This is an incontestable point. (Unless you'd care to share some quaint philosophical semantic argument?)
The truth is, no matter how much you love your favorite artist - (insert name here) they DON'T MATTER.
It can matter to you according to personal preference - but you don't matter either, as far as the industry is concerned (and their bottom line.)
Rather than this being distressing; it's really something we should celebrate (like indoor plumbing and running water).
LOOK AT ALL THE CHOICES WE HAVE!
Let's face it.
Collectors are a weird breed on the fringe of the Bell Curve of consumerism. Idiot Savants and Fanboys inhabit a tiny elevator-sized niche market.
You matter less than, say- fetishists...
who'll pay any amount to slake their soul fevers and passions of the mind?
(FIFTY SHADES of GRAY) sold how many copies? Brace yourself: over 150 million copies.)
You're better off being an END TIME's cult fetishist, too in the RELIGION market.
The Left Behind series sold over 80 million, The Late Great Planet Earth sold about 30 million copies.
Jehovah's Witnesses peddled their book, The Truth That Leads to Eternal Life door to door promoting Armageddon in 1975 and the number of books made the Guinness Book of Records at 106,486,735 copies in 116 languages.
The value of Jehovah's Witnesses' END TIMES message has been DE-valued by over-promotion as well. "It getting closer and closer than close and we REALLY MEAN IT this time!) Pure nonsense!
Now, where was I? Oh yes - Classic Music: value zero.
Don't believe me - check sales stats for forensic evidence.
So how popular is classical music in the U.S.? According to Billboard/Nielsen, classical music had an overall 1% share of the market in 2019, or 12th out of 12 genres. Feb 10, 2021
I personally am a FILM MUSIC nut.
Film Music is a sub-genre of a sub-genre
and I may as well be a butterfly or stamp collector as far as the Music Industry is concerned.
Most of my online friends fall into 2 categories. (Brace yourself)
1. Ex-religious cult apostates whose eyes have been opened
2. Film Music cultists with eyes wide shut
WE DON'T MATTER (to any industry of note) and our value is zero.
I won't wallow.
I love classical music and Film Music and I used to collect both - BUT- I no longer collect anything at all. (Except cat hair, bird feathers, and dust.)
I listen to music DIGITALLY.
Digital audio has penetrated the music market and killed CD's, cassettes, etc.
WHAT IS MY POINT and how does it matter to you?
I've been an EX-JW for 41 years.
I have been on this Jehovahs-witness dot com group for, um, 15 years?
I've gone through all the stages of denial, anger, fear, bargaining, and acceptance.
The market for Apostate writing is in the same status as Classical music.
Nobody is getting wealthy (or even breaking even) publishing a book.
TOO MANY APOSTATES with competing podcasts? Of course not.
YouTube channels, personal stories, click-bait, and such have SATURATED the "market."
We should rejoice in that.
The message is "out there" but, like anything else, there is a LIMIT on the value.
The monetary rewards just aren't there - but- competing for the audience should
demonstrate what sort of quality and presentation will succeed.
Every question has been asked and answered HERE (right here) and it only requires a search engine and a couple of hours' time to satisfy the most curious mind.
In the meantime, get out your scratchy old records (old WT Society books) and
plug into the cloud (JW.Org
) and rejoice in the fact that Jehovah's Organization (just like the Classical Music Industry) is GOING BROKE!
Those emaciated WatchTower magazines are pathetically anemic.
The days of a Fred Franz imagination are gone. The men running the GB
have ZERO intellectual power and their presentations are like CHILDREN'S SHOWS.
Only empty-headed viewers fail to see this.
It is OUR JOB to find somebody and deliver the 'last straw.'