I just got an email advertising classical music downloads.  This sparked my interest as a classical music buff.  If you have read my ‘Inkwell’ blog, you know that I am part of the ‘older generation’, and hold on to certain long-standing precepts, one of which, as a classically-trained pianist/organist, is that music (like conversations) must be taken in context.  Sadly, most of the items for purchase were ‘Best of… collections – snippets of music ripped out of context.

I realize that these collections do introduce younger generations to classical music, but they should be encouraged to listen to the entire piece to put it in context.  Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Brahms are all definitely out of the mainstream for today’s and future generations, and I am firmly convinced that good (note emphasis on ‘good’ here) movie composers will be revered as the classical music masters of the 21st century, and this is a good thing.  It’s where we are today – music soundtrack working to heighten our emotional involvement in a story.

Yes, let’s move forward, but let us also not forget where we came from.