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Thread #101361   Message #2043584
Posted By: Azizi
04-May-07 - 08:48 PM
Thread Name: Article in Guardian:folk songs & pop junk & racism
Subject: RE: Article in Guardian: folk songs and pop junk
"The more significant thing is that the composed originals of those playground songs are long forgotten and the kids' songs aren't."

The recorded songs that either birthed or somehow found their way into contemporary playground rhymes aren't long forgotten.

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"It's the contribution of the people who transmitted and modified the songs is what made them still worth hearing. The raw material was basically crap."

One person's musical crap is another person's musical treasure. Besides, "crap" is a form of fertilizer. So...

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Also:
..."most songs moved into our culture by being performed first by paid entertainers".

I guess it depends on what the definition of "our culture" is. And I guess it depends on what the definition of "paid" is.

I mean whose {and which} culture/s are you referring to as "ours"?
I don't think your statement holds true for all cultures.