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Thread #77728 Message #1391878
Posted By: Stilly River Sage
28-Jan-05 - 08:36 PM
Thread Name: What is wrong with being a purist?
Subject: RE: What is wrong with being a purist?
I haven't been back for a while, so I don't remember exactly what I said that Richard chided me for, but of course I meant what I said. This isn't a silly or flippant thread where I'd be posting BS, like down below the line.
Look around at the nature of the discussions going on here at Mudcat. I just spent over an hour reading through various sites and pulling out the dictionary to track down what I hope is an accurate meaning for the word "Jubal." It has been an interesting journey, and lets me see that modern users of the word may be giving it a different meaning than it had when it was first used in the song under discussion. The connections have weakened over time, from its Old Testament origins, and users have blithely assumed that it is related to "jubilee," but I don't think it is.
The time and interest it takes to find evidence of previous usage, and to present a lucid argument as to why I think the "cacophonous hounds of the devil" is more appropriate than the "joyous, festive" interpretation, no doubt makes me a purist. That's because I approach this as a scholar. This goes into what Art Theime said above.
This said, it doesn't in any way restrict my interest in other types of music or enjoying the evolution that songs go through. Last year when my daughter and I were out driving she played a CD for me with a Metallica song that she liked. Some of you already know where I'm going with this. When we got home I pulled out a book of my father's and showed her the words to "Whiskey in the Jar." Amazing for both of us! Who knew? There's room for all of this, and if I were to reject the Metallica version as not authentic, I'd also be rejecting my daughter's interest and taste, and I respect both. I'd rather broaden her interests and let her see the origins, than push her version away as somehow "inauthentic."