Dan Reich

I feel this. When I reached 55, out of work, I tried getting a real job. For the next ten years I sent out resumes expecting little and getting less. Now I'm 70 and a musician in a couple of bands. Many great musicians have been able to perform at a very high level into their mid-80s and beyond. Tony Bennett just hung it up at 95. Pianist Eubie Blake performed at 100. I'm very grateful I have a career path as a senior, since corporate America has no use for the likes of me.

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You havd articulated everything I have felt about popular music in this century. It started with Pro Tools, the audio software that allowed musicians to "fix" mistakes. i believe that fixing a mediocre take is not the best way to create a memorable track. Before Pro Tools, most of the solos committed to vinyl (usually) were magical takes, where the player was truly "in the moment." Everything since, such as Auto-Tune, has further degraded the magic.

The most heinous modern musical technique I've noticed (and hated) is when the producers take whole sections of music (with multiple instruments) and cut them up so that they swell on every beat. It's like the sound of sausage being made.

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Dan Reich

Dan Reich

I like to write, play music, sketch, design things and take pictures of stuff no one else sees. I reinvent myself on a daily basis.