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Thread #92147   Message #1761586
Posted By: Les in Chorlton
16-Jun-06 - 01:30 PM
Thread Name: English Dance & Song Mag
Subject: RE: English Dance & Song Mag
"music of folk origin played by people who are very interested in it".

I think that is a really useful definition.

I appologies if a seem to deliberately confuse, I didn't do it deliberately. I read my first EDS around 1969 and I stll do. This thread is about the magazine in general. I just don't much in it that I haven't read lots of times before and I think that is related to the purpose of the magazine and of the EFDSS.

"On the comment from Les in Chorlton that 'EFDSS is about "traditional" culture that was collected or survived', isn't that an outmoded idea of the Society?" Looks that way to me. We are at a time when I can much exciting was that matches Greg's definition that I quote above. Most of it hasn't appeared in the magazine. If that is not the place for it we come back to my initial point that we have a magazine with nothing much to say.

As for Greg's point about evolution of music perhaps we are pushing the metaphor to far. My point is the livimg tradition. What did people play before the melodeon was invented? What did they use before steel strings, for these are the products not of folk culture but of the Industrial Revolution. Check the language of the collected songs is relatively modern.

Music moves on the tongues and the fingers of people. Will the EFDSS and its empty magazine join in? No probably not.