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Don Meixner Singer-Songwriters: A Defence. (93* d) RE: Singer-Songwriters: A Defence. 23 Jan 99

I remember years back getting into this discussion with anyone, mainly performers, who would discuss it. The general agreement was they where entertainers who someone advertised as folksingers. I believe its more the style of performance rather than what is sung rhat determine who is a folk singer anymore. The distiction is too blurred otherwise to be easily defined. I would hardly call Leonard Cohen's music, (Which I like) folkmusic. I'd call it more "art music". Nor would I call Kate Wolf's music, some of which I like, some I really don't, folk music. I call it Cosmic Rocky Mountain Music. Much of what we call folkmusic was at one time the pop music of the day. Ballads we sing today that were sold on broadsides in 1800's were the same as buying a 45 rpm by the Beatles in the 1960's. Probably some day someone will sing "in My Life" at a Philly Folk Festival and a kid will be heard to say, "You mean Paul McCartney was in a band before Wings." My thesis is that it is the performing style much more than the material being sung that determines whether or not someone is a folksinger.

Don Meixner

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