Record, store, and share what you want to remember on Facebook.
One way to learn what’s happening in other people’s lives nowadays is through Facebook.
Half of my friends on Facebook are musicians. The other are non-musicians. Through Facebook, I learn which conservatory classmates have graduated, have given standing ovation concerts, and have moved to another country. About a third of my “Facebook friends” are people I’ve not actually had a conversation face to face.
Today I spotted a wedding photograph of a young man I’ve known since he was not even born. I’ve not known or been part of his life in the last 10 years or so. Perhaps that’s why I was not invited to the wedding. After all, I was a friend of his father and late mother. How I miss her! There were times when I really wished she was here to give me advice.
I’ve been trying to get my parents to use Facebook so that they can follow what’s happening. They resist. It’s either too private or too time consuming. Secretly I think that they’d rather do the traditional interaction of face to face.
For me, Facebook is a stage. I populate it with photos, videos, and trains of thought. It’s also storage for memories along the timeline.
I believe there’s a saying that goes something like this: “it hasn’t happened until it’s been recorded.”
What better way to record, store, and share what you want to remember than to post it on Facebook?!? If you change your mind, you can always delete it.
Choosing musicians to play live music seems costly, time-consuming, and risky. Meanwhile, there’s more variety to choose from in recorded music, lower cost, and less risk that something will go wrong. If musicians are to be chosen over ipod, CD players, and tape decks, we need to lower the transaction costs and risks in getting hired.
“Due to budget constraints, let’s get a DJ instead of musicians.”
When I heard the comment from a fellow Rotarian, I suddenly understood how people decide on music for a party, wedding, funeral, and other occasions. Choosing musicians to play live music seems costly, time-consuming, and risky. Meanwhile, there’s more variety to choose from in recorded music, lower cost, and less risk that something could go wrong.
As a performer, it breaks my heart to see people opting for recorded music instead of hiring musicians for an event. Are we musicians competing with CD players?
Yesterday I attended a memorial service in central Utrecht, Netherlands. After the video ended, the music began. I stretched my neck to find its source. It was a recording. I didn’t know any of the music. I felt strange sitting among strangers, sharing a physical space filled with sadness and introspection, and listening to music that meant nothing to me. I was glad to see a guitar on stage though. Finally, a young man accompanied a young singer, both making music from their hearts. They were the nephew and the niece. And for that, I was both glad and relieved.
It was easy to see why there wasn’t live music. It was not in a church. There was no organ. There was no piano either. The place was not intended for memorials but for meetings and lectures. Therefore live music, let alone recorded music, was not the norm.
Funerals and memorial services cannot be planned far ahead of time like weddings and gala parties. Getting live musicians require finding those that are available for the date and time, discussing the programme, and negotiating a rate and payment method. This is all too complicated and opaque compared to selecting songs on your IPOD or finding CDs with the music you want played.
If musicians are to be chosen over ipod, CD players, and tape decks, we need to lower the transaction costs and risks in getting hired. As a music connoisseur, I much prefer live music to dead music. But then, I am used to hearing it live. I can tell the difference. Can others? Do they care?
How to lower the transaction cost and risk of hiring musicians instead of playing recorded music?
Go to an agent.
Where are musicians to be found? Go to someone you know who is a musician. Go through someone who knows many musicians. But how do you know how good they are?
Figure out what music you want. Find the musicians that can play them.
I cannot argue around having a central point (such as an agent or musicians’ listing) for getting the musicians who can play the pieces you want played. Such a central point serves as a broker or intermediary between the buyer and various possible sellers.
How much does it cost? How do musicians charge for their services? Do they charge like plumbers – i.e. a call out fee and then an hourly rate? Do they give a fixed sum? Do they charge according to the difficulty of the music and how long they need to practise it? Do they charge by duration or risk? Does the musicians union have a guideline?