The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #77728   Message #1391676
Posted By: kytrad (Jean Ritchie)
28-Jan-05 - 05:16 PM
Thread Name: What is wrong with being a purist?
Subject: RE: What is wrong with being a purist?
So many great comments and feelings expressed here- I keep thinking as I read them, about the moment that comes whenever I'm giving an interview, or just talking about music, when I have to say- the old songs and music are a river...a big, rolling, deep, quiet river. Anyone can stop there beside it, rest, drink, dip in and take part of it away to use as they like best. And nothing is missed from the river; it just keeps on moving along, going nowhere and everywhere. The borrower may carry away the old song and change it, add modern instrumentation to it, give it a blues sound, a jazz sound, a rock sound, a rap treatment, and so on. Some audiences will love each such interpretation, others will hate it, many will tolerate it, most will after awhile forget it. But the river doesn't even care, for the original song is still floating along there, ready to be used again, and you know what? The river just keeps rising.