The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #152354   Message #3563292
Posted By: Lighter
01-Oct-13 - 01:04 PM
Thread Name: Traditional Music: Where are we going wrong?
Subject: RE: Traditional Music: Where are we going wrong?
The question "What are we doing wrong?" implies that something is "wrong" and that it's all because of us.

What's wrong, if that's the correct word, is that most people have no interest whatsoever in trad music. They'll dance and keep time if they hear fast trad dance music, but to them it's just more music. Trad? What's that mean?

What it means to some CD reviewers on Amazon.com is music that is "ugly," "boring," and "tuneless."

That's exactly what I think of rap "music." And no one is likely to convince me otherwise.

It works both ways. I'm not sure if that means something is "wrong" or that we (or the hip-hop industry) can alter tastes.

Tastes are largely formed in childhood and early adolescence. So if traditional music and song is to be promoted, it needs to be promoted to twelve-year olds. Almost the only institution capable of doing that is the schools, and their hands are full trying to teach the kids to read and write.

What's more, most people have had pop music of one sort or another blared at them, willy nilly, at least a few times a day since infancy. To them that *is* music, everything else being either an occasional variation (danceable Irish reels) or else some boring kind of noise (trad and even folkie singing, not to mention opera and most classical).

Trad and classical insist that you let yourself be absorbed by the music or the lyrics for real enjoyment. Most people don't have the time or even the desire to be absorbed by something as trivially entertaining as pop music.

Obviously there are exceptions, but this thread is about generalities.