The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #65111   Message #1073513
Posted By: treewind
16-Dec-03 - 09:26 AM
Thread Name: Jim Moray....
Subject: RE: Jim Moray....
The publicity machine...

Jim obviously has a natural talent for publicity. By training, instinct, paying for it or sheer hard work, he knows how to get himself promoted.

I think that's why some people here are suspicious or jealous. But just because some airheaded teeenage slut can be turned into a pop star by the "Music Industry", doesn't mean that anyone who has a good publicity operation has no talent, nor otherwise.

The trouble with fame and publicity is that it's a two edged sword - everything you do, good or bad, gets talked about and exaggerated.

In the other JM thread, I objected to the hype, not because he's bad (he isn't) but because there are lots of other performers around who are great singers and musicians and are almost unheard of. Perhaps one lesson to be learnt is that a bit of careful self promotion doesn't do any harm - unfortunately it's something that a lot of "purist" folkies don't believe in very much. As someone who has recently made the transition from a "floor spot + resident band" supporter of his local folk club to part of a duo that does paid gigs, I've had to learn that process step by step, and it's hard work (and still learning, all the time).

I think it's great that he's aroused the interest of some "folk-hating" teenagers. Let's hope that new interest gets them listening to other folk material with a new understanding. Every little helps...

Anahata