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The Macon.com website just announced that the Georgia Music Hall of Fame is closing. I have always regretted that there was not a Blues category at the Hall of Fame, but I never imagined there being no Georgia Music Hall of Fame at all to recognize the likes of James Brown, Otis Redding, Ma Rainey, Blind Willie McTell, and so many others.

It worries me that music and musicians seem to be becoming less personal to us all. I am constanting trying through my Atlanta Blues column at examiner.com and Keep the Blues Alive page at Facebook, and the Blues News directory at http://bluesnews.boomja.com, to encourage people to get out and listen to live music and support their favorite musicians. But there is so little support that many clubs are turning to DJs instead of live music, and when that happens, a whole level of creativity, innovation and personal interaction dies.

It’s true that fans can and do interact with musicians on Facebook and Twitter, and artists like Lady GaGa have thousands of fans online, but where is the support for local music and for our musical heritage? The Hall of Fame is closing for lack of funding. The same thing is happeing to clubs.

Is music going to be reduced to impersonal noises on MP3s and technically enhanced mixes? It’s beginning to look that way, and that will be a sad, sad day.

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