Mudcat Café message #1328120 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #75517   Message #1328120
Posted By: GUEST
15-Nov-04 - 11:43 PM
Thread Name: what is old-timey music?
Subject: RE: what is old-timey music?
Old-Timey vs. Bluegrass? I wouldn't pay a dime to hear either style - 20 minutes and it starts repeating. Basically boring.
Old-Timey = bastardised Irish and Scotish tunes without the difficult bits. Not even a set (series of tunes) to brighten the monotony of the same tune played 50 times. Like the religious background of the Americas, where no-one is expected to be better than anyone else, no player or singer makes an attempt to play or sing at other than a basic level or sing other than adenoidal harmonies.
Blue grass = playing the same style tunes faster and in a different key where everyone in the group has to play a lead. Everyone is encouraged to show off their musical prowess, but the same structure in every tune tends to limit the possibilities of range and after a while it all sounds the same. Songs have the same nasal (and very annoying) adenoidal harmonies.   
Give me a person with an instrument played well and songs with a story or a statement any time over your Old-Timey or Bluegrass schlock.