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Thread #108772 Message #2278388
Posted By: Big Mick
03-Mar-08 - 01:29 PM
Thread Name: Pete Seeger's Power of Song-PBS, Feb 27
Subject: RE: Pete Seeger's Power of Song-PBS, Feb 27
Poppa, I think I disagree with the predicate you establish. You seem to imply that by virtue of being a "singer-songwriter", one is of less importance than a "folksinger". First off, I am not sure that one is exclusive of the other. Second, the singer-songwriter often writes songs that impact how folks view society, as well as influence how they think on a subject. As I have said before, Woody Gutherie was a singer-songwriter as well as a folksinger, or more appropriately a singer of folk songs. So is Gordon Bok. So is Pete. Singer-songwriter is such a broad term, and all it really denotes is that a person sings songs of their own creation. The term does not denigrate, nor build up, ones worth in the world of making music. I am not sure a purist, in the context you are using the term, really is influenced by whether a person sings songs of their own creation or not. But what they would object to is the classifying one as a singer of folk music that is singing solely songs of his/her own creation. To me that is the difference in how we should classify the artist. I believe a folksinger could also be a singer-songwriter sings songs written "in the tradition". But a singer of folk songs is a very specific title. I know very few of those.
All the best,