The most important piece of furniture in the living room of my cabin in western Massachusetts isn’t a comfy chair or functional table, it’s a vintage radio and record player from the early 1920’s. Almost as big as a modern refrigerator, it’s a monument to a time when music had a physical presence that was hard to ignore. Next to it, you’ll find my laptop and smart phone charging, taking a brief rest from their daily toil of communication, commerce, and yes, entertainment. Seeing them side-by-side reminds me that, while the core of what we love about music has remained constant through the years, the way we interact with it and its creators has changed dramatically.
Recently, President Obama made a bold commitment that can open up a new world of possibilities for musicians around the country. Speaking in Marquette, Mich., the president laid out a framework to ensure that 98 percent of Americans have access to the next generation of high-speed wireless broadband. His vision included a future in which young people no longer need to leave their hometowns to succeed because they are able to connect virtually with new education and business opportunities formerly only available in big cities.