LOST MUSICAL CULTURE
Most things in
America today are proven in the marketplace.
We have the
music we do today because that is what people buy.
But what about
our cultural heritage? Should that be put up at auction and sold
by the richest corporation?
it already has been.
in America has determined that classical music, for example, is
not popular, and thus all the classical radio stations suddenly
disappeared a few years ago, replaced by talk and other more
allowed that musical heritage to pass practically without a
fight. In fact, the largest classical station (WQXR) was owned
and then abandoned by none other than the New York Times, that
bastion of culture.
And why did the
New York Times sell WQXR? Because the location on the radio dial
had become worth millions, and the greedy folks at the New York
Times sold out your musical heritage for a cheap, quick dollar.
How's that for
preserving your heritage? America wasn't buying it, so it was
jettisoned by the very corporation who claims to be the
conservator and benefactor of American culture.
above in case you think anyone is looking out for your culture,
America. The huge corporations are the ones selling and buying.
You have been left out of the picture.
there will be only the culture the corporations allow you.
It won't be the
New York Philharmonic, it will be the Burger King Symphonic
Ensemble, conducted by whatever rock star isn't in a coma. The
symphony orchestras are all underwritten by huge corporations
now, and when they pull the plug (it doesn't make money) you can
expect the symphony orchestra to go the way of the classical
the Metropolitan Opera in New York, taken your child to see what
was entertainment before television? I'll bet not. And here's
why: it costs $200 a ticket. In Europe, where culture is not
left up to the highest bidder, a ticket to the opera can cost as
little as $5.
Yes, culture in
Europe is subsidized by the government. In America, we can
subsidize poisonous medicines, rotten food, killing machines and
destructive energy policies, but culture is out of luck: there's
no money left for you.
And don't whine
about all the money spent by the Holy National Endowment for the
Arts. That money is earmarked for the cronies of the Art Power
No one ever
gets an NEA grant based on merit. It is 100% dirty politics.
I predict that
the New York Philharmonic will become the Burger King Symphonic
Ensemble in the year 2062, if not sooner.
Now get me an
NEA grant to study THAT.