The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #77728   Message #1392762
Posted By: DADGBE
29-Jan-05 - 07:55 PM
Thread Name: What is wrong with being a purist?
Subject: RE: What is wrong with being a purist?
This has been an interesting thread indeed! What wonderful comments from Art, Kytrad and so many others. Having been accused on various occasions of being too purist and not purist enough at other times, I guess that I'll wade in at this point.

That river of music seems continuous, on-going and contiguous with human history. It has never stopped and has its origins wherever there are people. It may be the what defined us human better that any other measure.

The mistake I have so often made is to select one spot on the river to define as the moment of 'purity'; that moment in time to which all the other moments must be compared.

I love Irish fiddle music but have been told that guitar isn't traditional enough to play along. Yet, the violin is an Italian import to Ireland, the guitar's from Spain, the accordion German.

Ultimatly, we will never find purity. We will find music we like: Music that connects respectfully with what came before us and modifies the old music with new insight.