The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #109916   Message #2306757
Posted By: Big Al Whittle
04-Apr-08 - 05:31 PM
Thread Name: Our ghastly folk tradition
Subject: RE: Our ghastly folk tradition
The point your missing is Richard - we don't live the sort of lives people used to live.

Why the bloody hell should we pretend we lived in a little community and only ever heard one sort of voice. personally I like people when they make a bit of an effort to use artifice and perform.

And if you work at it, you get good at it. It's all about suspension of belief anyway. Did you ever really think when pete Coe or someone sang the Plains of waterloo that he'd just popped in from the battlefield. Intelectually of course - you knew it was bollocks.

The listener with a scorrick of intelligence co-operates in the creation of a work of art or artifice or whatever.

And that's what i get off on - someone making a creative effort - hopefully with a bit of talent thrown in. Sometimes the magic works -sometimes it doesn't. No need to get snotty about it.

However I resent someone taking me for granted, abusing my presence as a willing audience by singing The Molecather from an exercise book and expecting me to be polite and laugh at it. Even if it is, bloody traditional. Crap is crap.