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GUEST,Sidewinder. Folk music students graduate (52* d) RE: Folk music students graduate 10 Jul 05

Greg highlights a valid point as anyone with a love of music would understand.Another relevant example would be The Beatles (untutored self developed group) turned away and left to peter out in Liverpool and The Graduate Band given complete assistance and empowerment to influence a generation with conformist recognised standardised pop music.Paul McCartney was once asked why he never learned to read music and he replied "when you have clear boundaries of what you can and cannot do in music you lose the edge of experimentation".My view is yes it is nice to give praise and recognition to anyone who achieves something but let's not go over the top.I am sure there are Buskers throughout this country who could inspire and enthrall and enchant us all with just one song -could they have learned to do that in a classroom? I think not.Yes you can be taught to recognise the late greats and why they were such influencial talents. But let's face it you can go to the local library and do that in days rather than months or years. You can be taught to emulate their art but it will never be anything more than a tribute and these days they are ten a penny.I am open to any rationale that proves the opposite of the points I have raised and look forward to reading them soon. Finally I would add ; after completing this course if you have any intelligence whatsoever you will realise the quest is only really just beginning for you and in the words of William Blake "when the doors of perception are cleansed you will see things as they truly are".



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