The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #60042   Message #963201
Posted By: John P
06-Jun-03 - 09:33 AM
Thread Name: Living Tradition and the Revival
Subject: RE: Living Tradition and the Revival
OK, I was wrong. I've been thinking about it and I don't want to be called a revivalist. I'm not reviving anything. I'm just playing the music I like in the way it sounds good to me. "Revival" seems to carry a connotation of looking to the past, recreating something from a bygone era, studying the "masters" who are "source" musicians for guidance. I'm not doing any of those things. Maybe the academics need another category for folks who play traditional music for its own sake instead of for the sake of reviving it. Just don't call it post-revival!! Yuck!

I don't feel like a revivalist, and I'm certainly not a source musician in the sense of having grown up in a culture that produced the music I play. No, wait, maybe I am! The culture that first sang these songs created the culture I grew up in. So maybe I'm a part of natural cultural evolution, and the way I play music is the only truly traditional form of music making that there is. Oh dear, neo-traditional is almost as bad post-revival . . . .

John Peekstok