YouTube Was The Greatest Creation Of The Renaissance

, , , | Right | December 19, 2017

(I am working the information desk at our library when a woman in her mid-20s comes up to me.)

Patron: “Hi. I found a song on YouTube called The Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven, and I wanted to know if you had it on CD?”

Me: “Well, certainly, just—”

Patron: “But it has to be the original. All the CDs I’ve found only have cover numbers. You see, I’m a piano teacher, and I want to show it to the kids.”

Me: “There is no ‘original’ Moonlight Sonata.”

Patron: “Why not?”

Me: “Well, he was from the 1700s.”

Patron: “But why isn’t there an original?”

Me: “Because… you couldn’t record back then?”

Patron: “I know, but I thought maybe you had it on CD?”

Me: “I can assure you, there does not exist an ‘original’ Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven, anywhere.”

Patron: “But I found it on YouTube!”

(I ended up having her show me the song on YouTube and showing her the name of the artist playing it. She still didn’t look convinced.)

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