The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #60042 Message #962672
Posted By: John P
31-May-03 - 08:34 PM
Thread Name: Living Tradition and the Revival
Subject: RE: Living Tradition and the Revival
I find tunes and songs I like, from whatever source they come. I play them on whatever instrument the tune fits on best. I sing them in whatever way seems to work well for the song. I freely alter the words and melody, sometime by accident and sometimes on purpose. I play, both by myself and with others, in the living room, at dances, on friend's back porches, at parties, at weddings, at dances, and in concert. My playing is influenced by all of my musical history, which includes years of playing rock, blues, jazz, early music, and 21 years of playing mostly "traditional" material. I am not deeply versed in the history of the performance styles of traditional music. That doesn't seem very important to me. I don't really care if it is called folk music, traditional music, revival music, folk fusion, or whatever. None of those categories make any difference to the melody or the words. It's just music. We all just play it.
It is very interesting to see everyone else's take on all of this.