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Thread #46591 Message #691736
Posted By: Big Mick
16-Apr-02 - 10:55 PM
Thread Name: Are songs on Mudcat CD really folk?
Subject: RE: Are songs on Mudcat CD really folk?
Sorry Annraoi, but with all the respect I have for you and your scholarship, I must disagree with you on this one. Mudcat has never been simply a music site. It is music that draws us here, but all subjects are fair game for discussion. Joe is not now, nor has he ever been, an "owner". Max relies on him, and Jeff, to keep it going, but Max is, always has been, and ever will be, the final arbiter with regard to this place. And he decreed long ago that censorship would be kept to an absolute minimum. I agree that there are threads that I suspect I would not like. I just don't go in them. The current "genitals" thread is an example. There are many others. There are other threads that are what you would term "non musical", that I do participate in. Most of the time I just browse without posting. There are many times I will open a thread I might not be interested in just because of who posts. Your posts, as well as Wolfgang, Sandy Paton, Liam's Brother, Seamus Kennedy, Rick Fielding, Frank Hamilton, Jerry Rasmussen, Philippa, and so on, are like that. I respect your scholarship, so I open the post.
What does it have to do with music? I have thought a great deal about this and have come up with my view of it. I find that people whose primary interest is in the study of trad forms, would prefer that it be purely about the music. Those for whom their music is an expression of political and philosophical positions prefer to have it wide open. And of course there are gradients between. That is where I lie. As a person who was raised during a time of political turmoil in the States (I was born in 1951, and grew up in the 60's), "protest songs" had a great affect on me. But my earliest memories are of the traditional music of the land of my grandparents. Hence, this place is a perfect outlet for both sides of my musical personality. One of the roles that the songs and tunes have always had (especially among the people that we are both descended from) was and is as an outlet for political and social expression.
With respect I would say that folks need to quit worrying about the threads they don't like. If they aren't posted to, they will die. If they don't, then there is a message there as well.
All the best,