The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #18331   Message #184880
Posted By: GUEST,Steve Roberson
25-Feb-00 - 02:57 PM
Thread Name: Is there a future for traditional music
Subject: RE: Is there a future for traditional music
Thanks for the welcome, McGrath, and for the tip -- I will definitely check out the songbook. I did not mean to imply that you folks are rigidly traditional, merely that much of the discussion seemed to be based on fairly narrow definitions of "true" folk/traditional musics. Language is elastic, and we sometimes use the same words with different meanings in mind. But the language we use can influence the attitudes we adopt, and I thought that the narrow definitions people were using were causing them to dismiss a lot of music that is worth hearing and learning from. Given, the choice, the more expansive definition has a lot to recommend it -- both because it allows us to embrace a wider range of "traditional" musics, and because it allows us to be more optimistic about the future of traditional music (which is where this whole thing started).

Regards, and I will definitely be back!