The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #23340   Message #743195
Posted By: Celtic Soul
05-Jul-02 - 10:41 PM
Thread Name: BS: Why aren't most Mudcatters musicians
Subject: RE: BS: Why aren't most Mudcatters musicians
"Pretending It's A Serious Question", part the third...or fourth, or whatever.

I am a semi-professional musician. I have been performing in some fashion or another for 25 years. I have nearly a 3 octave range, create my own harmony lines, and play bodhran well enough to not get stoned to death. However, my knowledge of music is 99% intuitive. I do not read music, but (if I have heard the tune) I can follow written music passibly well. I could not tell you the particular history of many if any of the songs we do. My group does include someone who could. Most of what I do here is surf the forum for new material and learn from the threads that do have informative posts. Occasionally (and compared to the overall time I spend here, it is only *occasionally*) I post myself. I think there are likely folks here who are *not* "musicians" (in the strictist sense of the word)...who do *not* earn any money at it, or who do *not* consider themselves good enough to perform on a stage, who could trample my sorry butt into the dirt with the amount of knowledge they possess. Thing is, this is not a music hall. It is an internet forum with the theme of "Music". It is *about* is not "music". You can hear music.

As for the rest...If I don't want to read it, I don't read it. Simple as that.