In April 2009 I uploaded a video cover of Jimi Hendrix’s cover of Bob Dylan’s All Along the Watchtower to YouTube. It got a few views here and there, and as I uploaded other videos I mostly forgot about it. Lately however I started getting an increasing number of comments on that video. Finally, when replying to a comment, I noticed the number of views, which had increased greatly.
And as of a little while ago, it reached a very cool-sounding milestone of 10,000 views.
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What’s that you said? I couldn’t quite make it out …
But seriously, I think this is one of the cool things about YouTube. I was really taken with something Daniel Levitin talked about in his book “This is Your Brain on Music”: he wrote about music being primarily a social activity; the division between performers and audience is relatively recent. It used to be that everyone made music, and they shared with others that music – and the music-making activity itself. I started to think of YouTube in that way: while I’m not any sort of world-class virtuoso, I realised I really don’t have to be in order to make and share music. I can – and in fact should, in a way – do so, and interact with others through that music. Indeed it has led to my involvement in some (online) musical collaboration, which of course is that social aspect of music – for the internet age.
So in any case, when people ask why I would put up videos with bum notes, as I do, I can simply point out that music isn’t about perfection; it’s about connection. 8)
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