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Thread #121939   Message #2708041
Posted By: Jack Campin
25-Aug-09 - 08:43 AM
Thread Name: The re-Imagined Village
Subject: RE: The re-Imagined Village
I've just spent the morning playing the tune "Neil Gow's Lament For His Second Wife" on my violin, and playing the chords for it on my guitar.

Oh fuck - just realised that I'm an Englishman and that I shouldn't be playing a beautiful Scottish melody

It's basically Irish. Gow nicked the idea from an Irish song, "Kitty Tyrrell". Bizarrely, the Gows published the lament for the first time in the same collection as its original, so anybody playing through the book could see the connection. (They did the same thing with at least one other tune).

There's very little point in debating with someone so mentally incapable he thinks any instrument with "English" in its name must ipso facto *be* essentially English. For sure the recorder isn't in its place of origin - it seem to have been invented in the Ukraine or the Balkans, and was played all over Europe before we have any record of it in Britain. (The earliest mention of it in English is from Scotland). But because a handful of people called it English for a few years nearly 300 years ago, WAV ties the Union Jack to it and salutes. Why on earth would anybody want to treat the assertions of such a crippled intellect as something to refute? They're just pathology samples. He's probably got some variant of Asperger's syndrome - his brain runs on mechanical routines which nobody can change into genuine thought by any external input. He's locked in that boxful of fatuous stereotypes until he dies.