"Sometimes I don't think we appreciate the miracle of a phonograph - the privilege of having men of genius perform for us at our command...." - George in A Letter to Three Wives (1949)
Yours truly was just watching Mary Martin and Ethel Merman -two ladies of genius- performing for the Ford 50th Anniversary Show in 1953. They sing popular songs from the late 19th century/early 20th century, songs that people had heard dozens of times, had read from sheet music, listened to on a record or had heard their relatives humming while puttering around the house.
They reminisce about the 1900s by physically getting up, singing and putting on a show. Here I am sixty years later reminiscing about the 1950s by clicking a digital file. Today we can connect with people of the past in ways unfathomable until fairly recently.
Someone can describe for me a performance from sixty years ago, but I can also watch it myself.
That's. Just. Awesome.