The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #123431 Message #2717896
Posted By: Mr Red
07-Sep-09 - 05:19 AM
Thread Name: What is The Tradition?
Subject: RE: What is The Tradition?
traditional is whatever people think it is. Ad (Fruedian slip retained) to that commercial interests and it means anything a speedy guy can falsify.
On this forum it does have more currency, it means old which is just as nebulous. "Older than me" is a good start, but "older than Grandad" might serve better. Throw in a smidgin of "anon" & "three chords" (two is C&W so "not folk", four has the smell of jazz).
But for me THE tradition is Jo(e) Public getting-up and having a go without the aid of electricity, and people joining-in or sitting listening, and applauding. After that the music is secondary but necessary. All else is marketing and commercialism and I will avail myself of that rarely unless it is a ceilidh.