Sometimes I wonder whether the racket of modern life, especially among the young, is causing a withdrawal from open-minded listening.
I have seen it up-close: young musicians, highly gifted professionals, who play the club circuit lose their ability to fine-tune their ears. Gift? Out the window.
I have seen too many young musicians, highly gifted professionals, not on that circuit, but hooked on electronified sound, unable to attune to live music in intimate settings. Gift? To what end?