The short argumentative essay “Menace of Mechanical Music” written by John Phillip Sousa elaborates on why he believes that the rising innovations made in recorded music are actually hurting the industry rather than supporting it. One of the first arguments he makes in the piece is how the soulful expression of an artist has been reduced to a “mathematical system of megaphones, wheels, cogs, disks, cylinders, and all manner of revolving things.” Another worry that Mr. Sousa has is how these recording devices will be revolutionary for the worse. Having music so readily available for common folk would change the perspective of music as a whole. Whereas before, music was only heard live by people who have spent hours practicing at honing their skills in instrumentation. With the introduction of recorded music, the showmanship of skill has been replaced by the effortless recording which spews out the repetition of a song over and over. I find these two arguments highlighted in the essay to be very interesting. I find lots of truth in the first point made by Sousa, even today. When technology was so limited back in the day and the recordings were still not nearly as advanced as they are today, I can see how there would be a large discrepancy in musicality, performance, and overall enjoyment when listening to a song on a phonograph vs hearing the artist live. Even today, I find concerts to be a lot more enjoyable rather than just listening to recordings of them, even when todays technology has nearly perfected capturing crystal clear sound from the likes of talented musicians. Watching performances of music live can not nearly compare to the single recording of the song.