There is an ancient chinese saying that
"You can measure the health of a community by the quality of the music it makes itself!"
This is a very deep statement and in many communities this is deteriorating and disappearing fast.
Music is part of any developed and permanent culture and many community bands are starting to age and dissolve in many cultures as they start to break apart.
Music is an essential way of relaxing in this stressed world and also an important way of passing on messages and communicating. Then there is also the dancing, celebration, atmosphere etc....
School music programs have probably never been stronger with new technology and the realisation that many musicians are very high achievers and that music helps with development of language, maths and personal development. In many rural communities almost all the local music students disappear off to tertiary education or cannot lower themselves to play in a local band.
Many audiences now have much higher expectations of music quality after listening for so many hours to artificially engineered digital content.
So what can we do on this site .............
Maybe this website would be an ideal meeting place for permaculture musicians or anyone interested in keeping alive community music. Maybe a forum section could be dedicated to music. Threads could be dedicated to each instrument type so they can chat among themselves about types of music, techniques, gigs etc and anyone looking for a player for a performance could maybe make contact with someone and email them the charts etc.
There are whole bands in danger of dissolving through lack of a “Permaculture Drummer” or “Permaculture Trumpet Players” so we need to set up networks for people to call on. We also need backup players occasionally if someone gets sick, goes on leave or gets injured. Maybe some “Permaculture Bands” could set themselves up as Permaculture Projects on the mapping part of this website so local musicians can see what talent they have locally. Some musicians will travel for hours to the right sort of gig and experience but so often we hear about them too late.
There is also no reason why we also could not set up discussion threads for “Permaculture Music Teachers”, “Permaculture Vocals”, “Permaculture Harmonica”, “Permaculture Trombone”, “Permaculture Composers”, “Permaculture Song Writers”, “Permaculture Jazz” etc.
Then there could also be “Permaculture Garage Band”, “Permaculture Band in a Box” etc where people with certain software doing arrangements for bands or writing music could share ideas and collaborate.
Music is going to have to become alot more organic if local skills are going to survive and rural communities are going to become musical deserts. The generations of people that had to listen to real live music are starting to age and disappear so unless we start doing something about the skills and the audiences the local processing will disappear.