Yesterday I posted here (and on social media) about the use of music tracks and voice samples. Not only do a lot of big name artists use this gimmick but now a lot of “local bands” are doing this as well. It seems as though there is some kind of force in place to make live music “extinct.” The real question is whether or not a live concert makes a difference to you and are you willing to pay good money for it? As a musician, I have played for many artists who have used “canned music.” I have had it done in just about all genres of music (yes, that includes gospel as well). I don’t think I have encountered this in jazz… “yet.” James Brown may not have been a great singer, but his show was always live and he entertained with it. Would it bother you if a great singer like Celine Dion used music samples in her show? Prince’s show was always great and he was always live. He may have used a drum machine in conjunction with his drummer from time to time but that would usually be about it. The biggest embarrassment from all this comes from when a customer actually “finds out” that the show is tape. A few artists have had mishaps when it came to their “canned music. Boyz II Men and Mariah Carey got exposed big time when this happen to them. Can you blame them or does it make no difference to you? If an audience can’t tell (and a lot of times the audience can’t) then they go home “believing” that it was a good show. Even the good singers will resort to canned music, because it saves on the musicianship and it saves of their throats. As a musician I could never support canned music because I feel deep in my heart that I can play everything. I do realize that all musicians don’t necessarily feel that way. Is the art of music vastly becoming a “lost art?” Money has a big say in all of this. It is expensive to pay a bunch of musicians and rehearse them to play your set. Having a computer do it for you will save you money but will it still give you the feel of a live concert? Everyone is different and I am not sure if there is a direct answer to any of this. Live music is still around, but you may not to hunt for it. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Jill Scott in concert with Brett Jolly on bass