The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #77728   Message #1389411
Posted By: Peace
26-Jan-05 - 04:19 PM
Thread Name: What is wrong with being a purist?
Subject: RE: What is wrong with being a purist?
I appreciate both 'schools' to tell ya the truth. We have all met stodgy people who think that if it isn't to their musical taste then it's junk. Once you learn to ignore them, the musical world opens up. People who think other musical 'genres' are worthless are very smart, IMO. Some brilliant players like the venerable Doc Watson could rock with the best of 'em, but he could alos play tunes as true to the roiginal as the day they were written. The analogy that comes to mind is this: A good friend of mine from my youth was a brilliant artist. He painted--what everyone called modern art. He loved the mixtures of texture, balance, colour and expression. I heard many people after viewing his work say things like, "You call THAT ART!" He was capable of painting still life, the human form accurately, but he loved the freedom he found in the stuff he painted. No one would accuse van Gogh of being a 'bad' painter, or members of the Group of Seven, even though their art was not like a photograph. Such is what I hear when I listen to 'purist' music and more modern stuff. Both are music worthy of our consideration. Stockhausen's (sp?) music may not have beenm to everyone's taste, nor the music of Miles Davis or Bill Munroe or The Mormon Tabernacle Choir or the Clancy Brothers, etc., but just 'cause it ain't to yer taste don't mean it ain't to someone's, and neither does it mean it isn't good.