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GUEST,Frankham Definition of Musical Tradition (48) RE: Definition of Musical Tradition 28 Nov 02

There is one ingredient that seems to characterize folk music for me above all else. That is the aspect of accessiblity. In each sub-culture the music is available.
I subscribe to the communal theory of folk music. If a gathering of people (hopefully generational) can sing the song, chances are, it's a folk song. Granny will not necessarilly know the latest hip hop tune or a Beatles song. Some of the younger generation lamentably do not know a lot of the earlier folk songs such as Down In The Valley or You Are My Sunshine. I believe however that the latter songs are more accessible to people. The old country bromide about "three chords and the truth" are still applicable.


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