Imagine, for a moment, a world without music. You are awoken every morning by a buzzer rather than your favorite song. You step into the shower and let the water cascade over you with no song in your head to sing. You get into your car to go to work in the morning and drive in silence, with no music to calm your road rage. You arrive at the office expected to focus on your work without the sound of that obnoxious “new hit single” stuck in your head from the way over. You walk onto the elevator on your way to lunch and have to stand in awkward silence with strangers because there is no elevator music playing. You return home after a long day and remain cooped up because the concert your son and daughter would have otherwise been playing in does not exist.
From the time we wake up in the morning until we go to bed at night, we are constantly surrounded by different kinds of music. This constant exposure has led to a need for more new music. We get sick of hearing the same songs again and again. Remixing, although it has been a part of our culture for generations, is becoming ever more important. Everything and anything can be considered a remix. But just because everything is potentially a remix does not mean that creativity and innovation are any less prevalent: “remixing isn’t about the music, it is the music” (Borschke). As integrating different aspects of our culture increases in popularity, there is more creativity and even more innovation that influences it. Classical music is one of the elements that has been used in shaping our culture for generations and that tradition continues today. Classical music is for everyone, and is just as accessible to the new generation as it was to the old. It is a timeless art form that will continue to thrive as long as there are still people willing to spread their passion for it.