Skip to comments.Amira Willighagen (9) does it again - AVE MARIA - Holland's got Talent [Beautiful!]
Posted on 12/23/2013 9:20:53 AM PST by mlizzy
Please, if you will, listen to Amira sing, Ave Maria.
Kinda makes you wonder why we PAY people to sing.
But an absolutley amazing child!
Maybe it’s because we want the person to sing something particular which we have chosen, at a time and place which we designate.
For example, it’s all very well that we can listen to this young lady on Youtube, but suppose you wanted to hear her at your wedding.
Wow — and 9 years old.
I saw there was some criticism on YouTube regarding her performance, but I don’t really have much hearing left (only about 5%), so I go more with the visuals (and memory of the song), and thought she was truly angelic. After she gets those lessons, can you imagine? Wow!
For example, its all very well that we can listen to this young lady on Youtube, but suppose you wanted to hear her at your wedding.
I believe we shall be seeing much more of child prodigies being born. I truly believe God will be pouring more children of many talents on this Earth before Jesus returns. I could be wrong.
Phenomenal. Dear Creator, thank you for this precious child!
I believe we shall be seeing much more of child prodigies being born. I truly believe God will be pouring more children of many talents on this Earth before Jesus returns...That would be wonderful! This little girl made my heart sing.
I think you have a good point. Before the advent of recording, the only way to hear music was live, so lots and lots of musicians made a living: really great musicians, better-than-nothing musicians, and everything in between.
Recording increased the payoff for the really-great who became well known, and put the majority, from very good to better-than-nothing, out of work.
With the payoffs down in the sale of recordings, the best musicians can choose for themselves to pursue their income from live performances. On the other hand, with the cost of recording down, more of the “quite good” can make recordings and sell them above costs, perhaps in conjunction with live performance, and earn enough to quit their day jobs.
I remember, back in the late 1990’s, going to my daughter’s high school basketball practice and seeing cd’s scattered all over the bleachers as kids used them to play in their portable CD players. Then I noticed something startling: EVERY SINGLE ONE of them was home recorded.
That was when I started saying that *recorded* music would be the 21st century’s equivalent of the free toy in the happy meal. I think technology was a boon to musicians as, in the early 20th century, musicians were able to perform a song once and sell it to as many people who wanted to buy it. That whole paradigm morphed into the highpoint of the recorded music industry which, from my perspective, was around the time MTV came into being.
And then the same technology that allowed musicians to earn big bucks and become pop stars as well as musicians sorta did them in. It allowed people to not only make high quality copies of their stuff, but it allowed people to access original copies to copy.
In the end it sorta went full circle. Now musicians have to make money the way they used to, by performing. However, I doubt there will EVER be a sheet music business like the one before recorded music.
There is also another reason the industry imploded: Recorded music just isn’t special any more. Part of the reason is the psychology of not respecting something you get for free. But also, there is just the newness wearing off. There are not as many pop stars as there used to be and there are a LOT more one-hit-wonders. And just as people don’t dress up to fly any more (commercial airliners are just flying busses now), recorded music stars are not stars any more, unless they are made famous by something other than their music, e.g. Lady Gaga.
As a musician in various bands myself, I’m seeing another facet to this: The emergence of the “bar band” as the modern equivalent of a softball team. That is, LOTS of people are learning to play guitar, bass, drums and keys “good enough” to do the occasional $300 gig. This also makes it hard for the truly talented and skilled musicians to make any real money because the whole scene is reduced in perceived quality by the mediocre bands. And there are a LOT of ‘em.
And I think you hit the mark in your last sentence. If you really are good, you can sell CD’s at your performances. In fact, if you put the effort into making a good quality recording of your gig, you can sell copies of the recording of the actual gig at the gig itself. You won’t become a millionaire but, as you said, you could quit your day job.
But it would take REAL work. Most of the musicians I know play their instrument and will help set up and tear down, but they don’t want to spend time doing much else. The dedicated ones will have more success.
I think one difference is that there are now so many leisure choices that are comparable to listening to music. Television, movies on demand, video games, misc. Youtube stuff, Facebook, Free Republic. Many of these go on with music in the background, which reduces both the perceived value of the music and the concern for high, as opposed to adequate, quality.
Yes, I think that actually may be the main facet, truth be told. They are all competing. Frankly, whenever I sit down just to listen to music, it’s always vinyl. I’ve bought two new records in the last 17 years. I’ve never bought music online, though I used to use limewire religiously (I’ve since moved on to uTorrent), and the last CD I bought was in 1997, and it was the Monty Python double CD, aptly named “The Final Ripoff”. I kid you not.
Meanwhile, I’be purchased approximately 1,200 used vinyl LP’s in the same time period.
Home viewing bookmark.
I don’t ever sit down at home to just listen to music. If I have music on, I’m also washing dishes, cooking, reading, sewing or (away from home) driving. I enjoy going to a concert and having music as a special event, but that’s a very occasional thing.
Very good, though not as good as our own Jackie Evancho.
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