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Bounty Hound What makes a new song a folk song? (1710* d) RE: What makes a new song a folk song? 06 Oct 14

'the tradition is the zeitgeist that makes you think every day, how can i tell my story better. how can i perform better. how can i give to the music. its not a money thing.

You are putting the cart before the horse here Al, and this statement illustrates that it is you who does not understand tradition. Tradition has nothing at all to do with how someone develops as a songwriter or performer as you clearly state here.

Tradition, put simply, is what is handed down to us by previous generations. I do believe it is a living thing, although as I've said before, it is developing in a very different way in our present society. What we do with that tradition is up to us, no-one is claiming to own it, but I come back to my belief that if we want to call our new music folk, then it must show influence from, and respect and acknowledge that tradition.

Howard put it very well a few posts back, and I hope he won't mind me repeating:
What the folk world does is provide a platform where, in addition to traditional music, other music may find a home which would not fit easily into any other genre and which otherwise would not find an outlet. That's fine, even if in a few individual clubs it is in danger of crowding out traditional music - despite Jim's misgivings, traditional music is thriving and is being taken up by many young performers. All that we ask is that you recognise and respect the traditional music which is at the core of a music scene which allows you to find a voice.

Perhaps we should add to that respect those who have worked to preserve that tradition.

Respecting the tradition is something you do appear to have some difficulty with Al, and you must be playing to very different audiences to me, my audiences have no interest whatsoever in my navel fluff!

And Muskett, yes you very probably were maintaining the tradition when you wrote of sex, drugs and the hangups of being a teenager, at least lyrically if not in musical style. I've always thought that 'Up the Junction' is a good example.

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