I mentioned in a previous post how George Armstrong Custer would travel with a brass band that would strike up a tune as he went into battle. I also read, although I can’t remember the exact passage, that when we were building one of our early western forts during the time of Indian Wars, that one of the first things we did was send along enough instruments for a 25 piece band. Stories like that highlight to me the importance of music, even if the world appears to value it less and less these days.
Even if in some long distant future the system crashes and the electric grid goes down, we will find some way to structure sound. Pop music and the current music industry may someday be lost to the ages, but mankind will always beat on things, blow into things, and strum things to make music. It is part of what makes us human.