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Thread #158212   Message #3742834
Posted By: wysiwyg
10-Oct-15 - 12:24 PM
Thread Name: Need input on youth in folk music
Subject: RE: Need input on youth in folk music
So much in the above to emulate and affirm in the above, despite US/UK scene and culture variables.... in no particular order, these paragraphs from above posts all resonate for my situation:
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... just go with the flow and accept that the occasions for music making have always been, and always will be, fluid.

... This basic hormonal adolescent priority probably needs to be taken into consideration...

... Times change and styles change, and you have to either accept the trend or try to buck it...

... Regarding the comments about humorous songs of the 60s and 70s putting off younger singers, I concur. There is this strain of corny humor in song that takes place at any Folk gathering. While a satirical version of The Bonny Ship the Diamond may be amusing to older folkies, youngster will view it as painful in the same way they view other strained humor, like puns...

... Whatever age you are, you can tell when people are putting in a serious effort, if that matters to you. And I guess people who don't want to try hang together too - that's what a lot of events labelled as folk or trad are for.

Be inspiring and you won't see a problem...

... But they've all gone now and a new tradition has arisen where the young must grab what they can from wherever they can, and it makes for a fresh new amalgam of cultures and styles - and some of it is wonderful...

... I let the youngsters do what they like,. I may not like it but if gets their fingers on instruments and whets their appetites for more then it's a start. If folk or country grabs them they will return with the right welcoming crowd and encouraging commets :) ...

... Bob Dylan sums up the point of traditional music rather well if enigmatically - Traditional music is based on hexagrams. It comes about from legends, Bibles, plagues, and it revolves around vegetables and death. There's nobody that's going to kill traditional music....
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~Susan/USer