The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #61366   Message #986571
Posted By: redhorse
19-Jul-03 - 11:17 AM
Thread Name: Lakes of Ponchartrain
Subject: RE: Lakes of Ponchartrain
Since the song is clearly about an immigrant (references to not having the right currency) I wouldn't expect it to be Cajun, which would imply a native to the area.

However as regards your original question I suspect the real issue is the oldest one in music (not just folk). Does the performer try to re-create what the composer originally conceived or does he re-interpret it to add the performer's own personality? And if the former how do you know what the composer wanted?