The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #20692   Message #220562
Posted By: Conrad Bladey (Peasant- Inactive)
30-Apr-00 - 10:19 PM
Thread Name: Advice re. House Concerts
Subject: RE: Advice re. House Concerts
Thank you! If we let the professional patronized performers continue their work into our homes where then can we go to where music remains a part of life and of the folk process? I do not want to deny the professional musician anything. I do want to make sure that the folk process can be free to work in places other than in the pay per view setting. I always will remember being taken into homes after concerts as a college student. There was food, maybe I would bring what I could- always smoke, wine beer and music.There was no discrimination against preference or habit. Sometimes the hat was passed and I emptied my pocket but never was money demanded or required at the entrance. So many of us who could not afford to both eat and pay $15 to get in became one with the music in this way. Although one might play professionally here and there -for money- there is always that other realm away from the stage and in the houses and small corners where the folk process calls out to even the professional saying - let me play let me sing let me learn.

Is the folk process adequately served by those pros who insist on turning their backs on this other world?