Lyrics & Knowledge Personal Pages Record Shop Auction Links Radio & Media Kids Membership Help
The Mudcat Cafemuddy

Post to this Thread - Sort Descending - Printer Friendly - Home


Is Tom Paxton a folkie?

Related threads:
Tom Paxton has retired from touring (not yet) (68)
Tom Paxton Lyrics Sites (3)
Tom Paxton unhurt after accident in NYC (10)
Tom Paxton's 'Folksong Festival' album (4)
Tom Paxton and Tom Paxton in concert (4)
Copy of Tom Paxton's debut live album? (24)
Tom Paxton - I'm the man who built the bridges CD? (3)
Obit: Midge Paxton (June 2014) (27)
seeking tom paxton concert videos (4)
Tom Paxton Website (16)
Tom Paxton's Birthday (26)
In praise of Tom Paxton (79)
Tom Paxton fans - UK tour January 2008 (8)
Parliament and Tom Paxton (3)
Happy Birthday, Tom Paxton (28)
mudcatter in concert with Paxton in Mass (2002) (46)
New 'old' Tom Paxton CD (4)
Mary Cliff & Tom Paxton @Black Rock (2)
Article on Tom Paxton--nice guy! (8)
BS: Tom Paxton Forest Grove, OR 02-02-02 (5) (closed)
Help: Tom Paxton, Prophet (7)
Paxton at Worksop (15)
Tom Paxton, Judy Collins, Richie Havens - NY State Fair (37)
BS: Tom Paxton on A Prairie Home Companion (11) (closed)
Tom Paxton in New England? (6)
Paxton's 'Mother' Gets Ink (9)
Help: Tom Paxton for kids (3)
Top 12 melodies ever ! (18)
BS: CDR requests of Tom Paxton albums (1) (closed)
BS: Shocking Realization: Tom Paxton RULES! (28) (closed)
Message from Tom Paxton (16)
Tom Paxton (5)


GUEST,Ramblin' Boy 05 Oct 00 - 09:01 PM
Joe Offer 05 Oct 00 - 09:06 PM
bbelle 05 Oct 00 - 09:27 PM
GUEST,Ramblin' Boy 05 Oct 00 - 09:44 PM
DonMeixner 06 Oct 00 - 12:01 AM
GUEST,pete proctor 06 Oct 00 - 12:13 AM
Joe Offer 06 Oct 00 - 01:15 AM
GUEST 06 Oct 00 - 07:40 AM
Steve Parkes 06 Oct 00 - 08:39 AM
DonMeixner 06 Oct 00 - 09:17 AM
mousethief 06 Oct 00 - 10:39 AM
Art Thieme 06 Oct 00 - 11:12 AM
The Shambles 06 Oct 00 - 01:08 PM
McGrath of Harlow 06 Oct 00 - 01:25 PM
pastorpest 06 Oct 00 - 04:58 PM
Doctor John 06 Oct 00 - 05:15 PM
GUEST,Ramblin' Boy 06 Oct 00 - 05:21 PM
Bert 06 Oct 00 - 05:43 PM
Joe Offer 06 Oct 00 - 06:26 PM
GUEST,Aunt Irony 06 Oct 00 - 10:26 PM
Share Thread
more
Lyrics & Knowledge Search [Advanced]
DT  Forum
Sort (Forum) by:relevance date
DT Lyrics:





Subject: Is Tom Paxton a folkie?
From: GUEST,Ramblin' Boy
Date: 05 Oct 00 - 09:01 PM

Is Tom Paxton a folkie?

Consider the evidence.

1) At almost every concert, he sings only songs that he's written himself. Nothing traditional.

2) Folksongs are supposed to last for centuries. He refers to many of his songs as having "short shelf life."

3) Some of his songs have been recorded by pop singers.

4) He's been backed by drums, electric guitars and even orchestras on some of his recordings.

5) He knows Don McLean personally.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Is Tom Paxton a folkie?
From: Joe Offer
Date: 05 Oct 00 - 09:06 PM

Does it matter? I like his stuff. I also like Bach and the Supremes.
Does anybody really care if a person's recordings go in one bin or another in the record store?
-Joe Offer-


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Is Tom Paxton a folkie?
From: bbelle
Date: 05 Oct 00 - 09:27 PM

Well said, Joe Offer! I seem to recall a couple of Seeger's tunes being recorded by pop singers/groups, as well. I'm more a Debussey and Four Tops gal.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Is Tom Paxton a folkie?
From: GUEST,Ramblin' Boy
Date: 05 Oct 00 - 09:44 PM

I thought it would be obvious that my post was satire.

I guess that I shouldn't have made that assumption.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Is Tom Paxton a folkie?
From: DonMeixner
Date: 06 Oct 00 - 12:01 AM

I got it Ramblin'

Its like: God is love, love is blind, Ray Charles is blind, Ray Charles is God.

Ipso Facto

Don


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Is Tom Paxton a folkie?
From: GUEST,pete proctor
Date: 06 Oct 00 - 12:13 AM

He folking well is!!


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Is Tom Paxton a folkie?
From: Joe Offer
Date: 06 Oct 00 - 01:15 AM

So, the idea, Ramblin' Boy, is why did you bother to start a new thread about it? I usually do my best to stay out of these "Who's your favorite superlative" threads, but this obvious copycat of the McLean thread was the straw that broke my camel's back.
If you take a look at the list of threads today, you won't find many thread titles that would make you think that this is a place for intelligent discussion. Next time you want to start a thread, think twice.
-Joe Offer-


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Is Tom Paxton a folkie?
From: GUEST
Date: 06 Oct 00 - 07:40 AM

Joe Offer wrote:

"If you take a look at the list of threads today, you won't find many thread titles that would make you think that this is a place for intelligent discussion."

Why should today be different from any other day?


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Is Tom Paxton a folkie?
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 06 Oct 00 - 08:39 AM

Well, it's not too late to turn this thread into an intelligent discussion. Trouble is, it's likely to be "What is 'Folk'", which we can really do without one more time. How about, say, "Do we constrain the kinds of songs and music we perform to certain genres; and if so, in what ways, and for what reasons?". Any takers?

Maybe you should have prefixed the thread tilte with "BS", Ramblin' Boy?

Steve


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Is Tom Paxton a folkie?
From: DonMeixner
Date: 06 Oct 00 - 09:17 AM

This actually goes back to many discussions we have had in the pasr. What is folkmusic? And words to that effect. As I understand it.

Folksongs are the songs in the public domain and of people who sing them in a manner typical to their region, entertainment need , and type of work. Unaccompanied or with the instruments that are addapted to the lifestyle of the people who live in that area.

Folksongs tell of the local history, entertain, communicate a need, express love or other emotions.

The folksinger in this equation is obvious. The singer is the one who sings. Could be an adult or a child but its the singer who matters.

Our oral tradition has become so vast over the years and we have become so educated that we tend to copartmentalize all we experience. The same with folksongs and singing. Its by acident of good oral tradition and the constant process that has changed these songs over the years and refined them to the beauty many now have.

Some guy stood by the pub fire and said" So Rodney and about sixty others come down the street at a run. These was nearly out of breath by the time they engaged the soldiers. They all died gamely but Rod was captured and hung for the ring leader."

It tells the story all right but the folk process changes things and we have:

Oh see the fleet footed host of men

who speed with faces wan.

From Farstead and from fishers cot

Along the banks of Bann.

They come with vengence in theor eyes

too late too late are they,

For young Roddy McCorley goes to die

on the bridge of Tuam today.

In no other way could a miner incident in history have stood th time so well. The song didn't spring from whole cloth. It took years of singers to process the song inti what it now is.

I still maintaine that its the singer and singing, not the song that is the tradition.

Is Paxton a folksinger? Certainly in the style of one he is one.

Don


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Is Tom Paxton a folkie?
From: mousethief
Date: 06 Oct 00 - 10:39 AM

Is there an oral tradition any more in the age of print, recording, and the world wide web? Where would you go to find it?

If not, then the "canon" of folk song would seem to be closed, like the canon of baroque music, for example. (Of course one could always turn up a new Handel symphony, but that's rare these days.) True "folkies" are the gatekeepers of an aged and aging and fairly closed corpus.

If there is still an oral tradition, then knowing the author of a song shouldn't stop the song from being considered a folk song, if it has entered the oral tradition.

But what do I know? I LIKE Tom Paxton. And Don McLean. And... well, you get the idea.

Alex
O..O
=o=


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Is Tom Paxton a folkie?
From: Art Thieme
Date: 06 Oct 00 - 11:12 AM

Sure, Tom is a folkie ! Didn't he once room with Don McLean ? **SMILE**

But he's not a folksinger unless he sang folksongs. **bigger smile*** (but lower case)

Art Thieme


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Is Tom Paxton a folkie?
From: The Shambles
Date: 06 Oct 00 - 01:08 PM

Does folkie=folksinger then?

Would he want to be considered a folkie? Whatever that is?

I think he's great, whatever he may be.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Is Tom Paxton a folkie?
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 06 Oct 00 - 01:25 PM

Apart from songs I wrote myself, virtually any song I sing will be one I first heard someone sing live, and that I liked enough to chase up the words, and maybe make uopmthe ones that I couldn't find. And I don't think I'm in any way unusual in this respect.

I call that an oral tradition. And some of the songs might be hundreds of years in the making, and some might have been written last week.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Is Tom Paxton a folkie?
From: pastorpest
Date: 06 Oct 00 - 04:58 PM

I remeber a folk festival which I will not name where too many "singer/songwriters" sang too many of their own songs with lyrics and melodies that were fortuneately forgettable. Several of these singer/songwriters must have known because they hyped their songs before and after. The one redeeming singer/songwriter was Tom Paxton who did not even introduce his songs. He just sang them and his audience knew them. And it was not an American festival so he was not even in his own country. I am enjoying this thread. The irony is that many of his songs are now in the tradition, and the songs' shelf life will be (I will not be around to prove it) significant.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Is Tom Paxton a folkie?
From: Doctor John
Date: 06 Oct 00 - 05:15 PM

Well, Joe, I guess it does matter about those bins; it helps you decide where to go and what to look for - but it doesn't stop you liking what's in several of them. "Folk": yes, I'd go to that but I don't expect to get heavy rock styles when I get there. "Opera": give it a miss. "New Orleans Jazz": yes, but I don't expect a big orchestra. "Heavy Metal": wide berth. You don't go to Cranwell to learn how to sail. Dr John


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Is Tom Paxton a folkie?
From: GUEST,Ramblin' Boy
Date: 06 Oct 00 - 05:21 PM

I'd like to offer an appology to Joe Offer for starting this thread. I thought it was a good natured little satire, that all Mudcatters would recognize my post for what it was and that it might generate a smile or two.

I certainly did not mean to offend you Joe.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Is Tom Paxton a folkie?
From: Bert
Date: 06 Oct 00 - 05:43 PM

I'm guessing that more people know the words to 'Last thing on my mind' than to 'Lamkin'. Whether that makes him a folkie or not, I wouldn't know.

I think he's one of the best (if not THE best) singer/songwriters ever.

Well I knew you were kidding Ramblin' Boy. I think more people would have know the same if you had used your Mudcat name.

Bert.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Is Tom Paxton a folkie?
From: Joe Offer
Date: 06 Oct 00 - 06:26 PM

Oh, I don't get offended - just a bit overloaded with tedium at times....


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Is Tom Paxton a folkie?
From: GUEST,Aunt Irony
Date: 06 Oct 00 - 10:26 PM

Dearest Rambling Boy. Satire is NEVER obvious here. When you want people to know you're joking, it's best to surround your remark with happy faces and repeat the words "grin grin" as many times as possible. Your thread may not be of earth shattering importance, but it's no worse than most. Have strength.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate
  Share Thread:
More...

Reply to Thread
Subject:  Help
From:
Preview   Automatic Linebreaks   Make a link ("blue clicky")


Mudcat time: 25 September 10:58 AM EDT

[ Home ]

All original material is copyright © 1998 by the Mudcat Café Music Foundation, Inc. All photos, music, images, etc. are copyright © by their rightful owners. Every effort is taken to attribute appropriate copyright to images, content, music, etc. We are not a copyright resource.