Fickle Fame?

PHOTO PROMPT © Jan W. Fields

PHOTO PROMPT © Jan W. Fields

“It says Beethoven played it.”

“In 200 years it will say I played it.”

“Please sir, do not touch the piano.” Neither of them had noticed the guard.

“Do you know who I am?” Alex asked, striking the same pose he used for The Rolling Stone Magazine in ‘83.

“Sir, you could be The Maestro himself, don’t touch the piano.” The guard was looking less than friendly.

“Oh come on, man, you know, don’t you? Six gold records?”

“Alex, you sound pathetic,” Babs said with a giggle.

“A star at 20, now they don’t know me. Is any music immortal?”

Word count = 100

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20 thoughts on “Fickle Fame?

  1. Margaret

    I guess there have been many popular musicians who haven’t stood the test of time. Our age will produce its survivors, too, I’m sure. Good story – I like how you’ve built the characters through dialogue.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks. I agree that there will be music that survives our age. We sometimes forget that back a couple of hundred years ago that there were many composers who had great popularity and yet are forgotten by all but a handful of experts on the time period. I think dialog is one of my stronger

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  3. gahlearner

    Great story. We only know about Beethoven, Mozart and all the other famous composers… but their not-so-famous competition is forgotten, as will be that Alex who can’t seem to see reality. The great ones of today will still be known and played in the future, I’m sure.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Yes, the great ones will be remembered. There were a lot of composers who were around at the same time as Beethoven but almost all are forgotten by even people who listen to a lot of classical. I think a handful of rock and pop artists will be long remembered, but the vast majority will be forgotten, just like Alex in the story.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks, I’m glad it made you smile! Yes, there is a lot of mediocre music out there and very little that will stand the test of time. As i said in another comment, I have no doubt people will be whistling Beatles music for some time to come, but about 90% of rock and pop will be forgotten relatively quickly.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks Amy. I started the story with Beethoven to say that there is some music that lasts forever. I’m sure people will be humming Beatles tunes in 2165 and, who knows?, perhaps “Life on Mars?” will become the Mars national anthem once a colony is set up there.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks Rochell. I was also thinking of the irony of thinking about music that is popular in the moment as compared to something like Beethoven that is still highly regarded 200 years later. I think most musicians want to say something that is long remembered, but in our pop obsessed culture, how many can actually do that?

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Very true, particularly when we look at all of those we’ve lost lately. But then there are those whose music help define a certain period, but sounds dated once you get even a few years removed. I was comparing that with music that doesn’t seem to age. In this story it was Beethoven, but in my mind it could be David Bowie as well – people will remember him for a long time!

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