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Thread #18331 Message #181240
Posted By: Hollowfox
19-Feb-00 - 12:31 PM
Thread Name: Is there a future for traditional music
Subject: RE: Is there a future for traditional music
In his book , A.L.Lloyd said that if "Barbara Allen" is a folksong, then perhaps there should be another designation for Malvina Reynolds' "Little Boxes". Myself, I think of "this sort of music"(whatever you want to call it)as analogous to grape juice, wine, and brandy. A lot of grape juice gets made in any given year, and most of it is drunk soon after it is made. Some, but not most, gets made into wine. One of the major "ingredients" in wine making is Time. (Also, it should be noted that fewer people drink, much less enjoy wine, than grape juice. Also, a person is allowed to enjoy both beverages. Now some, but not most, of the wine is further distilled into brandy. A major ingredient in making brandy is even more time. And again, a person is allowed to like any and all of these drinks. So, too with music. Who would have thought a century ago that "The Night the Dun Cow Burned" would someday be considered a "traditional" song by some people? Songs (and stories) are the most portable things that humans have. "This sort of music" gets sung, learned, and passed on soley because people want to sing it, and htat is the salvation of traditional anything..as long as people want to sing it, it will stay alive. When people don't want to sing it anymore, then nothing will keep it going; not even injection into school curricula. A story: Once, an anthropologist went to Australia to do field work among the Aborigines. The Aborigines that he was studying asked him if he'd like to hear a song that they'd learned from their father's fathers? "Of course!", he replied. so they san him "Camptown Races". The song had traveled to Australia with the whaling industry.