The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #74025   Message #1288477
Posted By: GUEST,Art Thieme
04-Oct-04 - 02:59 PM
Thread Name: Higher percentage musicians 1900 v 2000
Subject: RE: Higher percentage musicians 1900 v 2000
Probably very true. It sounds correct to me. We in the folk movement have always tried to stress that doing it yourself was one of the fine things about this music. Learn 4 or 5 chords, buy a capo and you are set for life.---Or study your instrument your entire life and you will still not have learned all there is to know about it. Either way, you will have had the wonder of it---and the ability to come home after a bad or a good day, pick up your instrument, and in five or ten minutes, transport yourself to a new and even better place.

It is very sad that so many will not know what the few in our little subculture have known, thankfully, for all these good years. But what the hell, that's life ! We'll never realize their pleasures either----like walking and hitting a ball for 36 holes---like cheering wildly at a heavy metal concert---like strapping a ton of explosives to your body and pushing the button---like painting huge signs on my beer belly and sitting shirtless and drunk in zero degree weather while a guy dressed like a torpedo tries to run with a swine-skin covered blow-fish bladder from one end of a frozen field to the other without getting knocked down or stepping in something!

Don't get me wrong, I am fascinated by the entire parade passing by. I really am--although much of it is horrendous. But, as Thomas Wolfe once wrote, "This world, this time, this life---is stranger than a dream."

Art Thieme