This is a great thread. Georgi says though that music was such a rarity in
the past. I think that's true for spectator music, but I think
participatory music was much more a part of everyday life then than now.
Singing is a case in point. (Scott Stevenson touchies on some related
aspects of song today, as well). People sang a lot: at work, for
recreation around the (?)vanishing family piano (see earlier threads on
this subject), and in pubs. Before TV and stereos (some of us didn't have
them when young, even in the 60's) families sang a lot, according to my
older relatives, and even in my growing up years in the 60's. My mother
sings songs still that she sang with her mother, that her mother got
from her grandmother. In rural Canada my husband's relatives still get
together with their fiddles and bones around the piano.
Now still, many cultures sing more readily; look at African cultures, or
even the Welsh....I bet there is a direct connection to "canned" music.
We sing a lot at home, and my four-year-old has great linguistic
variations on classics like Sam Hall, or Mairi's wedding. When she stops
singing, we know she's fallen asleep. (Perhaps we still sing
due to the execrable quality of our sound system for many years).
Kind regards, Lilian ([log in to unmask]) Saskatoon, Canada.