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Thread #109312   Message #2285296
Posted By: GUEST,Chicken Charlie
11-Mar-08 - 10:32 AM
Thread Name: Complex arrangments of traditional music
Subject: RE: Complex arrangments of traditional music
Amen to weelittledrummer on leaving it up to the individual to decide which way he/she individually wants to go.

That doesn't detract from the interest inherent in Les's original question.

Now, it seems to me that we've stopped responding to Les's question and we're being pulled back, as all Mudcat themes seem to be, into the Black Hole of What's Folk? IMO that discussion will never end, and there are already lots of threads on it. As the demon told Jesus, "My name is legion, for we are many."

SueGorgeous raises a point which IMO is valid but doesn't directly bear on the issue of simplicity/complexity. There is no one more "heartfelt" than Leadbelly, Woodie Guthrie, J.J. Niles or even, arguably, Bob Dylan. But honestly, weren't/aren't they all rather challenged either vocally or instrumentally? I'm not out to murder any sacred cows here, but seems to me there's more talent (the originals had genius, which is different) on the various "tribute" projects that these guys inspire than there is with the original. Don't get me wrong, we are in debt to these people, deep debt, but Sue's right. But again, I don't think this bears on the issue of complexity per se.

And finally, in defense of "simplistic" melodies carrying "irrelevant" messages, let me express my hopelessly deluded folkie belief that "Jesse James" rocks.

Chicken Charlie