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dulcimer feminist perspective on folk songs (123* d) RE: feminist perspective on folk songs 04 Sep 00

Maybe what any performer ought to consider in performing a song is his/her role in perpetuating the message of the song. And issues here abound. "Michael Rowed" would seem can have several levels with several messages and it always seemed like such an innocent little song. If you like the song simply for its artistic flavor and sing it, are perpetuating chauvanism? If you sing it around a campfire that provides a socializing experience, are you promoting sterotypes of male/female roles? If you don't perform a song because it has some ethnic or racially currently inappropriate words or change the words, are you hiding and distorting the past? Do you endorse the viewpoint of a song, simply by performing it? This forum has certainly considered these issues many times, but I think it is important for each performer to think about what his/her songs says and when and where they are performing it. With any song there are always going to reasons to perform it and reasons not to perform it.

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