The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #109357 Message #2285505
Posted By: PoppaGator
11-Mar-08 - 02:35 PM
Thread Name: The Current Tradition
Subject: RE: The Current Tradition
I agree that there IS such a contemporary "tradition" shared by all of us at Mudcat (NOT just the "traditionalists" among us).
It potentially includes everything that we've heard during our collective lifetimes (i.e. second half of the 20th century, more or less, and since) and , while no exact boundaries can be defined, music that MOST of us have been exposed to ~ and found sufficiently memorable ~ makes up the bulk of it.
Some of the material is unambiguously "folk" or "traditonial," but most is not.
ALL of the musical experiences that we all share are of RECORDINGS.
I would note that there are also specialized local "traditions" that are more well-defined. Where I live, in New Orleans, we have our own traditional body of work including old and new-ish jazz, blues, R&B, and funk. We also have a more strictly defined subset belonging to a well-defined local subculture, the Mardi Gras Indians. Elsewhere, of course, there are similar little musical-traditional "worlds" such as Morris Dancing (whatever that might be!), Irish Rebel songs, etc., etc.
But I think Les is envisioning the "tradition" available to our worldwide community of active players and singers who love to make music to the best of our ability, with or without monetary compensation. We share a knowledge or many kinds of songs, many originally written in some commerical context (e.g., show tunes, rock 'n' roll, etc.), which have become a widely shared musical culture.