My eldest sings in a children's choir that was invited to participate in the recording of a CD of Advent music. The church creating the CD wanted some child voices for a couple of pieces, and after two rehearsals to learn the music, yesterday was recording day. The singers gathered in an auditorium at a local high school, where everything was wired up and ready to go. The parents weren't present for the recording, so when I picked her up I was full of questions about the process and the equipment used. Then there was this exchange:
Me: Wow, sweetie, your first "recording project"! How 'bout that? Caroline: Actually it's my second. Me: Oh, you mean the choir concert last Christmas? I guess they recorded that too... Caroline: No, I meant the Christmas CD I did on the piano and recorder and stuff.
Duh. I'd forgotten that she and Robert recorded her singing and playing piano for a fundraiser last December. It was a major project in our house for several weeks.
But in her mind, they were the same. For her, the project that she and her father undertook in our living room using Garage Band was in the same category as going to a big auditorium with professional-grade equipment.
Of course, she gets that Taylor Swift is a big star, and that there are different levels of fame. (My brother is a musician in Houston, and a few years ago she asked me if he was "Madonna famous.") But artists (of all ages) now have the means to produce and distribute content in a way they never have before. What the conversation highlighted is that for her, that's the natural order of things.
We're in the midst of a sea change in the publishing and recording industries, but our kids have never known anything different.
I wonder how it will all end up.
(Title refers to this book, which I haven't read.)