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Thread #91563 Message #1743873
Posted By: melodeonboy
19-May-06 - 09:18 AM
Thread Name: Kate Rusby (duet with POP star Ronan Keating)
Subject: RE: Kate Rusby (duet with POP star Ronan Keating)
From the discussions I've taken part in on other threads, I'm aware that the orthodoxy at the moment is to uncritically support this latest collaboration.
May I therefore be so bold as to be completely non-PC and say that I think the song in question is nothing more than limp-wristed, girly-pop sh**e.
And in an attempt to pre-empt the abuse, labelling, sneering and general b***ocks that I (along with other "non-conformists") have received in reply to my (and others') comments on this subject on other forums, it may save a lot of wasted time if I make my position clear to start with, so that people can at least criticise me for what I think rather than what they choose to believe I think. To do this I shall refer to various points that have been made by my detractors (mainly paraphrased) and respond to them.
1. This will further Kate's career, so you should be supportive
My response: As I'm not Kate's manager, her mummy or her
Auntie Lil, I don't really care very much; it's not my business.
2. You are stuck in your ways and resist the advancement of folk
My response: As a listener, performer and former radio
presenter, I have never resisted the advancement of any music.
I am always on the lookout for music that is adventurous,
dynamic and challenging. The song in question is none of these.
3. As a professional performer who has to support herself by
singing/playing music, don't you think that she has the right
to earn money as she thinks fit?
My response: Yes, I do. All musicians have this right, and I'm
not questioning it. My criticism is of the music itself (my
right, by the way!), not of her right to earn money as she
4. If Kate gets more exposure, it will encourage large numbers of
people to listen to her other recordings and thereby lead to a
wider interest in folk music. You should therefore be
My response: If this truly is the case, then that's a good
thing. I suspect that the sort of people who choose to listen
to Ronan Keating may have difficulty in listening to music
that doesn't have the "security blanket" of the all-embracing,
synthetic backing track.
5. If she wants to pursue a pop career, what right do we have to
My response: As I said before, she can pursue whatever career
she likes. I, along with just about everybody else in this
land, will always make judgements on music that I hear. What's
strange about that?
6. It's disturbing how some people feel so proprietal about
certain performers and want to dictate to them what they should
or shouldn't do.
My response: I don't dictate anything to anyone; I just say it
as I see it (or hear it in this case). I'm not in control of
anyone else's destiny, nor would I want to be.
In spite of my efforts at clarification, I will still, no doubt, get flak from certain quarters. Still, that's what you get for telling it as it is!