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MP3 Fredrick Hoffer - CD 39 Piano Suite # 18

Classical Piano music with a nod toward Impressionism and American Jazz.

13 MP3 Songs
CLASSICAL: Contemporary, CLASSICAL: Traditional

Things change, that''s a factor of life. Sometimes they change for the better, sometimes for the worse, and sometimes for both things at once.

There are fewer amateur musicians who can actually play the piano or some other instrument nowadays. There are fewer opportunities for live bands to get started, because most have been replaced by DJ''s playing records. On the other hand, the dictatorship of the big record compamies has been broken. No longer can they set the standards, or determine the kind of music that will be made. No longer can an executive or A&R man simply refuse to listen, because he is overburdened, or because he thinks the music is not commercially viable.

In the past there was no way anyone could produce his own music. It had to be done commercially. The coming of the cassette tape, and then the CD burner has ended that. Now anyone who has the determination and the talent, and can put out the necessary time and money. can do it all himself, and large numbers are doing just that.

This gives us an unprecedented opportunity to hear new music. It also poses a problem. With the table so full, how do we make a choice? Thankfully we have online marketing services such as CDBaby which make things possible. One can choose a genre, or a location, or some composer whose music you like and their search engine will give you a list of CD''s to choose from. You can then listen to two minute clips of music from whicgever CD you choose.

I should say here that CDBaby does not make judgements on the music. Anyone who sends them five copies of a CD, and their $35 fee is in. I should also say that from my experience, the quality of the music is high, pretty amazingly so. It seems that everyone wants to put thier best foot forward. Besides, the amount of effort that it takes discourages those who are not committed.

The sheer volume of the selections is intimidating; CDBaby alone has nearly 30,000 CD''s for you to choose from. Choosing a category, such as Rock, Jazz, Classical, Mood Music, New Age, Piano, Guitar, etc. does cut things down to a more manageable extent, however.

How much of this music will last, and how much will simply disappear is a question. Much depends on pure chance, and much depends on ordinary people''s response to it. There is no one here to tell you what is "good". You will not have heard the music on the radio. It will not appear on Billboard''s charts. You will; have to use your ears and make up your own mind. I will say this though; music which is strange to your ears needs to be listened to more than once.

Your best bet is to listen to a lot of the music. Make a list of your favorites and listen to them again. You might even buy a few records that you liked particularly well. A New Day has dawned for music, In our time, right now, Freedom is here! Let''s make full use of it.

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