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Thread #104892   Message #2152657
Posted By: Peace
19-Sep-07 - 10:45 AM
Thread Name: Folk Music for the Middle Class
Subject: RE: Folklore: Folk Music for the Middle Class
If the only people who could sing 'railroad' songs were people who actually worked on the railroad, there would soon be lots of lost songs out there. Same can be said of sea songs. With the passing of Stan Hugill, who is there left that's 'authentic'? But does anyone think those songs should not be sung by others? Does anyone think that to sing those songs one should have a beard? Does anyone think that women shouldn't sing those songs?

Musicians are not the 'owners' of the music they sing. They are the folks who keep it for the future. Get too snobby about it and it will all be lost. That is directed at no one on this thread. More a response to another thread where 'purists' think it's all about 'purity' of the music. Sheesh.