Have you ever been in a situation where you thought, “Man, I wish I could see the future…” ? I’ve wondered if some of the great master composers ever thought that their works would still be performed 50 years nevertheless hundreds of years after their creation. I’ve read several threads on message boards asking what people think makes a song or piece “a classic.” Some people say it’s the cultural impact that allows something to stick around for a long time. Others say something that it is remembered and revered by not only the current generation, but those who were around when it was first released. At one point, classical music had to have been contemporary, right?
What does the future of music have in store for us? It’s hard to imagine that anything released in the last 10 years will become a “classic” but some of it is destined to be remembered that way due to devoted fans who will work to keep it alive. It’s also amazing to me to see music that I know to be classics being kept alive by today’s generation of young music lovers. Kids on Facebook talking about how much they love Led Zeppelin or Ella Fitzgerald. I suppose a lot of it has to do with what parents are listening to or what is being taught in music education or appreciation classes.
It’s also interesting to see the music recycling or upcycling (taking an older style and adding a modern feel) that is happening. Trends in music, fashion, and movies are all related in this aspect. We see pop music beats from the 80’s showing up in 2013 along with the resurgence in popularity of neon colors in the fashion world. In the last 10 years, young bands have been bringing back bluegrass and folk music at the same time movies are depicting that time period with Inside Llewyn Davis, A Mighty Wind, and O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Who has a crystal ball to see what is coming or will come back in the next 10 years? Will we see the same trends time after time? Is Disco dead forever? Only time will tell. One thing is pretty certain: OUR classics will be around for a long time. The masters will continue to be revered and hopefully their masterpieces will continue to have many outlets for performance.